Hair thinning is a relatively common issue that can be caused by a wide variety of conditions or concerns. For this reason, it can be frustrating to resolve at home without help from a medical professional. Dermatologists like Dr. Liz Damstetter are trained to recognize common causes behind hair thinning and help patients stabilize their condition and, ultimately, restore healthy hair growth. Seeking a diagnosis and treatment is also important because hair thinning can be a sign of a more serious medical issue. If you notice signs such as your part widening, your hairline receding, dramatic increases in hair shedding, or bald spots beginning to form, do not hesitate to seek care from a qualified dermatologist. Patients dealing with thinning hair in Glenview Illinois and the surrounding area can schedule an appointment at Reserve Dermatology.
Hair thinning has many potential causes. These include:
- Genetic factors
- Alopecia areata
- Cancer treatment
- Damage from styling, dyeing, or chemical treatments
- Hormonal imbalance
- Side effects from medication
- Nutritional deficiency
- Medical conditions such as thyroid disease
The cause of your hair loss will typically determine whether you lose hair gradually or abruptly, whether treatment is required to regrow healthy hair, and whether hair loss will be permanent. In some cases, Dr. Damstetter may work in coordination with other medical professionals to diagnose the cause of your hair thinning.
Patients may notice hair thinning in different patterns. For example, you may notice that the hairline is receding, the part is widening, your ponytail is becoming thinner, or a bald spot is developing. Other patients may notice an increase in the number of shedding hairs when they brush or wash their hair. Hair thinning may occur suddenly or slowly and gradually over an extended period of time. It can also affect the scalp, facial hair, or body hair.
In addition to hair loss, some conditions may cause other symptoms. These include burning, stinging, itching, redness, or swelling of the scalp. Conditions like psoriasis or infection can result in scaly patches or sores.
“Dr. Liz is truly the best dermatologist I’ve ever been to. She is attentive, kind, and genuinely cares about her patients and their overall skin health. I can not recommend her enough!!!”
“Wonderful experience here! The doctor took the time to educate me on a variety of cosmetic options and gave her candid opinion resulting in just the right amount of cosmetic adjustments! Her staff was delightful and attentive! I would highly recommend for general derm needs and cosmetic adjustments.”
“Dr. Damstetter was the first dermatologist I trusted to do my Botox. She is both knowledgeable and professional and did a fantastic job. I will be using her for any and all of my future needs.”
The correct treatment plan for your hair thinning will vary depending on the cause. Some common options include:
- Minoxidil (Rogaine)
- Finasteride (Propecia)
- Vitamins or supplements such as biotin, iron, or zinc
- Corticosteroid injections
- Laser treatments
For some patients, hair thinning may resolve on its own or with proper hair care. For example, those who experience hair thinning after giving birth or losing weight will typically regain their hair over time. Similarly, patients who experience hair thinning as a symptom of an illness or psoriasis will likely see full and healthy hair after treating the root cause. If your hair loss is due to damage from certain hairstyles or chemical processes, Dr. Damstetter can also suggest an at-home hair care routine that will be healthier and gentler for your hair, allowing full hair to grow back over time.
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To learn more about hair thinning and how to treat it, schedule an appointment with Dr. Damstetter at Reserve Dermatology. Call our Glenview, Illinois office or contact us online.