Hair loss can be a very distressing problem. There are many causes of hair loss and optimal outcomes depend on the correct diagnosis and treatment plan. The board-certified dermatologists and hair loss experts at Tufts Medical Center are skilled in the management of both common and rare forms of hair loss and are here to help you achieve the best results.
Our specialists treat:
- Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Hair Loss, Female Pattern Hair Loss)
- Telogen Effluvium
- Alopecia Areata
- Lichen Planopilaris
- Discoid Lupus
- Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
- Acne Keloidalis Nuchae
- Folliculitis Decalvans
- Dissecting Cellulitis of the Scalp
- Other causes including: chemotherapy or cancer induced hair loss, hair loss from medications or underlying medical conditions, nutritional deficiency, etc.
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be due to many causes. Hair loss disorders may be scarring or non-scarring. In addition, some forms of hair loss are immune-mediated and are a result of inflammation at the level of the hair follicle. Other forms of hair loss or hair shedding may be due to underlying medical problems or nutritional deficiencies. The most common form of hair loss, known as androgenetic alopecia (or male/female pattern hair loss), affects men and women and is the result of androgen hormone activity on the scalp in certain individuals with a genetic predisposition.
A careful history and detailed physical exam which includes close examination of the scalp and hair with a special tool known as trichoscopy is performed to determine the cause of hair loss. Sometimes, additional blood work and a biopsy is performed to confirm the diagnosis.
In the case of most hair loss disorders, prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment can improve the overall course of the disease. Our specialists are trained to diagnose and treat the many causes of non-scarring and scarring alopecia.
We offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), an in-office procedure with demonstrated efficacy in certain types of hair loss. PRP uses your own growth factors to nourish and stimulate hair growth. This non-surgical treatment option involves a simple blood draw followed by a series of injections is performed by the physician after the blood is spun through a special process called centrifugation to isolate the PRP for use. Typically, a series of three monthly sessions is required, followed by maintenance therapy of every 3-6 months thereafter.
Because of our network of experts at Tufts Medical Center, we have the most cutting- edge treatments and are able to provide our patients the opportunity to become involved in clinical trials for certain conditions (i.e. alopecia areata). Please contact Nicole Dumont for further questions on trials.