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Hair Loss: Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 20:48

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here are some frequently asked questions related to hair loss.

Q: What should I do if I think I'm losing more hair than normal?

A: If you notice you are shedding hair excessively after combing or brushing, or if your hair is becoming thinner, you should consult with your primary care provider or a dermatologist (a physician who specializes in treating skin and hair problems). A doctor can determine if disease is present and whether or not the hair loss will respond to medical treatment.

Q: Who is qualified to perform hair restoration surgery?

A: In order to ensure maximum safety and the best-looking results, choose a board-certified dermatologic surgeon who is an expert in the causes and treatment of hair loss. Since the success of the procedure greatly relies on the physician's skill and creativity, it's important to see a dermatologic surgeon with training and experience. Dermatologic surgeons invented hair transplant procedures in the 1950s.

Q: Is it safe to have surgery at hair treatment clinics?

A: Many hair treatment clinics also offer surgery for baldness. But it is essential that anyone interested should be fully satisfied about the quality of the care offered, before agreeing to a costly series of operations that do involve some risk.

Q: I heard that balding is inherited only through the mother's side of the family. Is this true?

A: The tendency toward balding can be inherited from either the mother's or the father's side of the family. It can affect both men and women, although women with this inherited tendency do not become completely bald. Most balding is hereditary. Two out of every three men will eventually experience some form of balding.

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