Hair Loss (Alopecia Areata)
Causes & Symptoms
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss and commonly affects both men and women. Hair loss usually and most noticeably, affects the scalp but can also affect any part of the body where hair grows. At The Skin Hospital we understand the impact hair loss can have on a person’s confidence. Our specialist doctors can help you find the treatment you need.
Loss of hair has many different causes and affects people in many different ways. Therefore seeking professional help and receiving a personalised treatment plan is highly important.
Normally, hairs grow out of hair follicles in a cycle – the amount of time hair stays in the ‘active’ part of the cycle determines the length of hair growth. As part of this cycle, it is normal to lose up to 100 scalp hairs per day as new hairs push the old hairs out of the follicle. If higher numbers of hairs are lost than are replaced, hair thinning or loss can occur.
Types of hair loss include non-scarring alopecia, where the hair follicles are intact with the potential for hair to re-grow, and scarring alopecia, where the hair follicles are destroyed so that hairs cannot grow back.
Treatment at The Skin Hospital
We understand how hair loss can affect a person, both physically and psychologically. We highly recommend you book a consultation at The Skin Hospital with our experienced expert doctors who will be able to diagnose the specific type of Alopecia you are suffering from, and tailor a specific treatment plan for your needs.
At The Skin Hospital, a dermatologist will need to determine the cause of hair loss before starting treatment. Sometimes the pattern of hair loss makes the diagnosis straightforward, but in other cases a scalp biopsy may be required to make the diagnosis. The specialist may also suggest blood tests, in order to look for possible associated medical conditions.
The Skin Hospital runs a speciality clinic at Darlingurst dedicated to the treatment of hair loss, run by Dr Hanna Kuchel. If you would like to find out more about this specialty clinic please contact us.
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