17 Apr Hair Loss (Alopecia)
Hair Loss (Alopecia) in Columbus, OH
Hair loss is medically known as “alopecia,” and your hair loss may be caused by a variety of factors, many of which are manageable. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham specializes in determining the type of hair loss that you are experiencing, and her treatments for alopecia have helped children, teenagers, and adults in the Greater Columbus area.
What is Hair Loss (Alopecia)?
When most people think of the phrase “hair loss,” they associate it with balding of the scalp, but hair loss can occur on any part of the body and face. As part of the diagnosis, Dr. Hicks-Graham will categorize your alopecia. The most common types of hair loss are:
- Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness
- Scarring alopecia that refers to hair loss that occurs when a scar develops
- Alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes patches of hair loss
- Traction alopecia that occurs when the hair is pulled tightly or when tension is applied to the hair over a prolonged period of time, such as wearing tight ponytails and other hairstyles
- Anagen effluvium that describes hair loss that occurs during cancer treatment
Hair Loss (Alopecia) Treatment Benefits
The overall goal of treatment for alopecia is to stop the hair loss by treating the underlying cause. Re-growth of the hair is often a secondary result of the initial treatment. Hair cannot be re-grown in all cases, though, such as when the hair loss is caused by a developing scar. As a board-certified dermatologist who is experienced in diagnosing hair loss, Dr. Hicks-Graham is able to help you understand why you are losing hair on your face, scalp, and body. She will also provide expert guidance on treatment options.
What Areas Can Be Treated for Hair Loss (Alopecia)?
Alopecia can occur on any part of your body, scalp and face, so our treatments are appropriate for alopecia that can be managed. In some cases, no direct intervention is necessary, such as hair loss caused by cancer treatment or certain medications. Even simple lifestyle changes may be adequate for stopping the hair loss. For alopecia that does require treatment, Dr. Hicks-Graham may be able to address hair loss that occurs on the:
- Eyebrows and other areas of the face
- Arms, legs and other parts of the body
Treatment is dependent on the type of alopecia and underlying cause.
What Can I Expect From Hair Loss (Alopecia) Treatment?
In many cases, your hair will grow back once you stop the triggering event, such as changing your hairstyle or completing cancer treatment. If Dr. Hicks-Graham determines that medical treatment is necessary, you can expect the hair loss to be controlled. In many cases, our alopecia patients are also able to re-grow the hair in the affected area.
Hair Loss (Alopecia) Treatment Preparation
Once you have an accurate diagnosis of your alopecia, little preparation is necessary if medical intervention is required. Based on your individual case, Dr. Hicks-Graham may discuss some measures to take prior to starting treatment. This information is shared during your consultation appointment.
Hair Loss (Alopecia) Treatment Recovery
Patience is the best way to support yourself while undergoing treatment for hair loss. Some patients feel frustrated when the treatments do not produce results in relatively short periods of time. You may also notice that you lose new hair growth, and this is very normal. It does not indicate that treatment is not working. We are always available to answer any questions that you have while being treated for alopecia.
How Much Does Hair Loss (Alopecia) Treatment Cost?
In some cases, alopecia treatment is covered by medical insurance, but this is dependent on the cause of your hair loss. After your consultation, we will help you understand what is and is not covered by your insurance, as well as your portion of the cost. Payment is expected at the time of your treatment appointments, and we accept cash, checks, and major credit cards. If you are interested in financing, we accept CareCredit®, and you may be approved prior to your consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham.
Is Hair Loss (Alopecia) Treatment Right for Me?
If you notice excess hair in the shower or find bald areas on your scalp, face or body, you may be a good candidate for hair loss (alopecia) treatment. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hicks-Graham determines the reason that you are losing hair, and she will recommend the best course of treatment.
Hair Loss (Alopecia) Consultation
Contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham to find out what is causing your hair loss. Alopecia can affect any part of your scalp, body and face, and understanding your type of hair loss will help you know how to manage the problem.
Hair loss can occur on any area of your body. Knowing why you are losing hair on your face, body or scalp helps you make an informed decision about your treatment options. Residents of Columbus and Upper Arlington rely on the expertise of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham to learn more about their hair loss and alopecia treatment options.