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What Type of Doctor Should I See for Thinning Hair?

I am a 53 year old woman and my hair has lost its body and is thinning. Who should I see? Can a dermatologist help me?

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See primary doctor first for hair loss

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There are many common causes for the hair loss. Among them are changes in hormone levels, increased stress, or illness, scalp and dermatological issues, various medications, and certainly heredity.

Even a poor diet could lead to increased hair loss over the time. Anytime the hair loss is experienced, it should be consulted with your primary physician, first who should be able to refer you to dermatologist-scalp and skin specialist or endocrinologist.

There are many specialists that deal with the problem of thinning hair. Most important there are many treatments available and often the hair loss can be reversible.

Web reference: http://smarthairtransplant.com/

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Consult a dermatologist specializing in hair loss

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Consider consultation with a dermatologist who has an interest in hair loss disorders. They can, admittedly, be difficult to find. Looks like you are about 3 hours away from a noted hair loss expert, Dr. Elise Olsen at Duke University. If it is very important to you, it may be worthwhile for you to travel. Hair loss cannot be appropriately diagnosed without a face-to-face consultation.

Good Luck.

San Diego Dermatologist
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See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon hair replacement specialist

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You should probably see either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon that specializes in hair replacement procedures. Thinnning hair can be treated medically or surgically depending upon the cause.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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See a dermatologist or hair restoration plastic surgeon

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A dermatologist or a plastic surgeon with interest in hair restoration would be the ideal start. They will be able to start you on some hair preservation products or diagnose the cause of the thining and treat it.

Web reference: http://laboutiquemedspa.com/

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Thinning should be evaluated by Board-Certified Dermatologist

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Before men or women invest in hair restoration, consultation and workup by a board-certified dermatologist experienced should be performed first to rule out other medical conditions that may trigger hair thinning and second to maximize medical therapy. Full medical therapy as prescribed and outlined by a board-certified dermatologist must continue in order to protect one's investment in hair transplant such as NeoGraft hair restoration.

Web reference: http://www.morehair4me.com

Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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ISHRS

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The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery is a good first option. Not every dermatologist is knowledgable about the nuances of hair loss and the most up to date options dealing with the diagnoses and treatment.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Board-certified dermatologists are the experts for hair loss

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A board-certified dermatologist has specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail disorders and would best to diagnose hair loss.  Evaluation should include a history, examination and perhaps blood work and a biopsy.  It is important to get a diagnosis before treating your hair loss especially as some types of hair loss are permanent if diagnosis is delayed.

Web reference: http://www.aglowdermatology.com

New York Dermatologist
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Thinning hair - Contact your primary physician first!

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Anytime hair loss is experienced, you should consult your primary physician, who should be able to refer you to a physician that specializes in hair restoration.
Thinning hair can be treated medically or surgically depending upon the cause.  Personal consultation will allow the client to review options for best results.

"Dr.D"

Web reference: http://www.capefearaesthetics.com/details/hair+restoration-22/

Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Consult A Board-Certified Dermatologist for Hair Loss

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If you suspect you have hair loss and would like to be evaluated, I recommend you consult with a board-certified dermatologist experienced in hair loss and hair loss treatments.  Make sure to ask about credentials and experience treating hair loss.  There are many different types and causes of hair loss and an evaluation should be very thorough.  

Web reference: http://www.barnettdermatology.com/conditions.php?id=38

New York Dermatologist
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Doctor for Thinning Hair in Women

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It is best to see a doctor who specializes in hair restoration. He or she will have the expertise to determine more specific causes for your thinning and recommend the best intervention for your particular needs.

For some women, medication might be the right solution. Others (who are not experiencing global thinning) may qualify for a hair transplant procedure. Ideally, hair transplant specialists are board certified either in dermatology or plastic surgery.But see someone who not only has these credentials, but also focuses their practice in hair restoration.

Web reference: http://www.dermhairclinic.com/women-and-hair-transplant/

Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.

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