Richard Flowers, MD Discusses Alopecia in Men

Richard Flowers, MD Discusses Alopecia in Men


Hi I’m Hal Flowers I’m one of the chief
residents in dermatology here at UVA. Here at UVA Dermatology we have many years
of collective experience treating dermatologic conditions including alopecia or hair loss
in men which can be a very common and distressing problem for patients and but is one fortunately
that we have a lot of experience with. Alopecia or hair loss is a very common condition
in men there are many types of alopecia and we generally divide these into scoring types
where the hair loss can be permanent and non-scoring types which fortunately or more common and
where we can generally at least stop the progression of hair loss if not get some regrowth back. Treatment of scarring Alopecia depends on
the type in general we can use antibiotics and other systemic Therapies in addition to
topical therapies which can calm down the inflammation and help slow down the inflammation. For non scarring alopecia the most common
type is called male pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia and the treatments of that in general
are targeted kind of at the hormonal elements that play a role and so we use topical treatments
like minoxidil which is over the counter and which is rubbed into the scalp with the fingers
and we also can use pill medications like finasteride. Telogen effluvium is another common type of
non scarring hair loss this generally occurs two to three months following a traumatic
event such as a major illness starting a new medication but can also occur after something
like pregnancy. The hair loss is noted noted to be diffuse
are all throughout the scalp and fortunately this is a hair lost that doesn’t have a particular
type of treatment and that generally resolves on its own. In terms of preparing for the visit a patient
can make sure that they know all of the details about their hair loss and additionally bring
with them any information about health history about their medications that they’re taking
and also about any family history that may be relevant. At UVA dermatology we try to provide comprehensive
care that is patient specific and so when you come to us for hair loss we’re going to
pay attention to you as the patient and do our best to figure out the cause of your hair
loss the best treatment and work with you to make that happen.

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