Hair Loss Specialist: Everything You Need to Know in 2018

Politician Mark Oaten of the Liberal Democrats Party was once a prominent member of the British Parliament. A well-respected member of the party, Oates seemingly transformed in an instant from a responsible member of the government to what many would simply call a train wreck.

In a series of shocking activities well documented by the British media, Oates in quick succession dallied with a  23-year-old male prostitute, numerous ménage a trois with men and a perplexing new fascination with coprophilia.

46 years old at the time of these transgressions, Oates blamed his radical departure from “normalcy” not on mental illness, nor a medical condition, but incredibly, a mid-life crisis brought about by the sudden onset of balding and subsequent loss of all of his hair.

The media’s comprehensive expose of Oate’s sordid activities resulted in his ultimate resignation in 2006. While his career ended immediately, the discourse surrounding male pattern baldness exploded across media outlets around the globe and was also a popular subject on blogs and sites geared towards men’s health.

While plenty of men jeered at what they considered to be Oate’s disingenuous explanation, plenty of men hesitantly, in an almost delicate fashion so as to seem not to care too much, questioned just how big of a deal it was for a man to lose his hair and what it meant for his future as a man.

In a world obsessed with beauty, grooming, and sex appeal, a  vast number of men consider it to be an apocalyptic event to start going bald. If asked, any man in the world would readily admit that his two most important physical features are his family jewels and his crowning glory and in that specific order,

When things start going baldly (pun intended), a sense of hysteria can set in for many men. Important projects, legal issues, pending documents, and anything else remotely important in a man’s life suddenly take a seat on the backburner as he becomes consumed with the loss of his hair, the multiple facets and meanings associated with the hair loss, and ultimately how he’s going to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Today there are plenty of bald men who are patently sexy and seem completely at ease with their baldness. In fact, for many celebrities who are known for being bald, they actually improve in overall appearance.

However, the average man will panic as each strand falls out of his head. In his mind, he is losing his virility with each passing second; he is becoming unattractive, undesirable, and is about to become well-situated at the bottom of the totem pole.  Before you know it, an appointment has been made with a hair loss specialist. 

What is a hair loss specialist exactly?

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not a concept within the realm of medical practice; in a nutshell, there is no particular doctor that holds the title of “hair loss specialist.” Nevertheless, there are a plethora of doctors who specialize in male pattern baldness and can treat your condition through an array of methods, or at the very least, give you a referral and point you in the right direction in terms of the type of professional you should visit.

Your primary care physician should be your first stop on your journey towards treating your hair loss issues. A majority of doctors will refer their patients to dermatologists. Dermatologists specialize in a broad range of disorders pertaining to the skin (including the scalp) and many have specialized training in skin disorders involving hair follicles and thinning hair.

Dermatologists can treat a wide range of hair disorders including the following:

  • Cicatricial Alopecia
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Traction Alopecia
  • Alopecia Totalis
  • Androgenetic Alopecia
  • Congenital Atrichia
  • Lichen Planopilaris

Aside from dermatologists, there are many other types of medical professionals who can offer valuable insight into your hair loss issues and provide successful treatment.

Examples of medical professionals who can treat your hair loss issues include the following:

Endocrinologists

Your doctor may refer you to an endocrinologist if they suspect that your hair loss issues stem from hormonal imbalances such as the very common condition of insulin resistance, or congenital adrenal hyperplasia – all of which can cause the sudden thinning of hair and eventual baldness. In the case that a hormonal imbalance is discovered, an endocrinologist can easily render treatment through supplements to balance out hormones to eventually improve the condition of your hair.

Hair Restoration Surgeons

Hair Restoration Surgeons

Typically, the first stop for men on the journey towards reconciling baldness or thinning hair, hair restoration surgeons are the types of professionals men turn to when they want definitive results without delving into other types of issues such as hormones, nutrition, and stress.

Men who don’t have the time, patience, or desire to visit their primary care doctor, dermatologist, or endocrinologist will often make an appointment with hair restoration surgeons as soon as possible.

Hair restoration surgeons specialize in hair transplants, scalp reduction, and an array of permanent solutions involving taking plugs and strips of a patient’s own hair from the back or sides of their head and relocating them in the thinning and balding locations on the scalp.

A costly treatment that takes many hours and can require many repeat visits, this course of action for men can be extremely successful, but does not come without its risks, as is the case with any type of surgical procedure.

Despite its efficacy, the majority of medical professionals highly recommend that men experiencing hair loss issues look gaining a better understanding of their hair loss issues by visiting their primary care doctor, an endocrinologist, and especially a dermatologist. It is very possible through time and educating oneself, that thinning hair issues can be reconciled in a less-invasive, less costly, and ultimately much less drastic measure than hair restoration surgery.

Conclusion

Hair loss has become a billion-dollar industry, with men and women readily forking over tens of thousands of dollars to cure their hair loss issues and quell the panic they feel from thinning hair and balding. Many patients become ensnared within their hair anxiety issues and fail to realize that their hair loss issues may be due to simple things like stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, or hormonal imbalances – all of which can be easily reconciled and result in the regrowth of hair.

There are plenty of options to look into before jumping into hair restoration surgery, and practicing patience, becoming educated, and looking into a variety of options that may prove to be immensely successful is always the best course of action to take.

Laura Day
 

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