Hair Loss

Hair Loss Specialist
Hair loss can affect both men and women, and it’s often a very sensitive issue that can affect one’s self esteem. Dr. Audrey Bruell provides a variety of treatment options to patients experiencing hair loss at her dermatology practice in Livonia, Michigan. See what she can do to help slow or eliminate your hair loss by calling for an appointment with Audrey Bruell, MD.

Hair Loss Q & A

by Audrey Bruell, M.D.

What is the most common type of hair loss?

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss. It’s a genetic condition that affects both men and women.

In men, androgenetic alopecia appears as a receding hairline that may eventually lead to total baldness.

In women, androgenetic alopecia usually causes thinning of the hair all over the head.

Other types of hair loss that can occur include alopecia areata, which leads to sudden hair loss in patches, and scarring alopecia, which may cause permanent hair loss.


What are the causes hair loss?

Androgenetic alopecia
Hair loss known to be caused by changes in hormones that affect hair growth. This condition usually appears in adulthood and continues to advance with time.

Alopecia areata
This is hair loss that occurs because of immune conditions causing the body to attack its own hair follicles.

Scarring alopecia
Hair loss can be caused by any condition that brings on inflammation or scarring on the scalp, including lupus, folliculitis, or trauma.


How does Dr. Bruell treat hair loss?

The treatment for hair loss depends on the cause of the condition. Androgenetic alopecia has several possible treatments, including topical medications and laser light therapy. The 2 most common treatments for androgenetic alopecia are the topical medications finasteride and minoxidil. Dr. Bruell may prescribe both of these medications in certain cases.

In cases of a scarring alopecia, regrowth of lost hair may not be possible. However, patients may be able to benefit from medications to prevent further loss.

Alopecia areata sufferers can get treatment with corticosteroids to bring down inflammation and encourage lost hair to regrow.


What are the side effects of hair loss treatment?

The side effects of hair loss treatment vary based on the type of treatment used. However, most therapies are well tolerated by patients, even when used for extended periods of time.


When should patients with hair loss make an appointment?

In many cases, early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the severity of hair loss and improve the chances of regrowth. This is the best reason to call Dr. Bruell at the first sign of hair loss.



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