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What Kind of Doctor To See for Hair Loss? And What To Expect During the Visit

Learn which doctors you can speak with to figure out a plan for your hair loss goals, as well as what to expect during a visit.

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If you are experiencing hair loss, thinning, or just changes in your hair, there are doctors for that.

Seeing a doctor to maintain the health of your hair, and keep it fuller for longer is just as important as seeing a doctor for any other bothersome medical condition, and should not be avoided.

Read on to learn which doctors you can speak with to figure out a plan for your hair loss goals, as well as what to expect during a visit.

Doctors that treat hair loss

The main doctor that specializes in treating hair concerns is a Dermatologist. Dermatologists are trained in hair, skin, and nail conditions, so if you choose to see a dermatologist you can be pretty confident that they are well versed on all things hair.

Another type of doctor with a specialty in hair loss specifically is a Trichologist. Trichologists are doctors that have a focus nearly exclusively on hair loss. In the UK, Trichologists receive training in this formal field of study for two years, but in the US there are no formal requirements for Trichologists.

A doctor can also be both a Trichologist and a Dermatologist, but not all Trichologists are Dermatologists.

Aside from these two types of doctors, it is also common for general practice or other specialties to know about the most common hair loss treatments and be able to help you out with your hair loss as they received general hair loss treatment training in medical school.

You can start by asking your current general doctor about hair loss treatment options, or you can have a free questionnaire-based telemedicine appointment with Strut Health's U.S. licensed doctors online to get help for your hair loss. Simply select a hair loss treatment option and get started today.

How seeing a hair loss doctor can help you

The sooner the topic of your hair loss is discussed with a doctor and a treatment is started, the better chance you have at maintaining a thicker head of hair long term. Time wasted ignoring your hair issues, or trying out questionable over the counter or gimmicky hair loss treatments likely won’t get you far.

A hair loss doctor can perform tests and observe your hair to help you figure out if your hair loss is genetic (as in most hair loss), nutritional, stress or illness related, or due to a scalp or skin condition. And, ultimately, prescription hair loss treatments can only be obtained through a prescription from a doctor.

What to expect during an in-person hair loss consultation

During an in-person hair loss visit with a doctor, they will likely start off by asking you questions about your hair loss.

The doctor may ask:

  • When did your hair loss start?
  • How rapidly is hair being lost?
  • Have you had any stressors or life changes recently?
  • Have you had rapid weight changes?
  • What medications and supplements are you taking?
  • Is your hair breaking or growing slower?
  • Do you have relatives with hair loss?
  • Is the hair loss in a certain location(s) or all over?
  • Has anything made the hair loss better or worse?

After talking with you, your doctor may perform or order certain tests to get to the root of the problem.

Tests may include:

  • Hair pull test
  • Blood test to identify nutritional deficiencies
  • Blood test to measure DHT levels
  • Blood test to identify if you have diseases related to hair loss like Thyroid conditions
  • A scalp biopsy or removal of a few hairs to look at the scalp and follicles under a microscope and identify abnormalities
  • Observing the hair on and around the scalp for dermatological conditions which can cause hair loss

After speaking with the doctor and getting any test results back, your doctor will either prescribe you a hair loss medication to help retain or regrow your hair, or get you treatment to help fix any underlying condition causing the hair loss.

Luckily, most cases of hair loss are able to be treated to some extent, so your doctor will likely be able to offer some answers and treatments much of the time.

What to expect during an online hair loss consultation

There are also online telemedicine consults available for hair loss concerns.

During an online hair loss consultation, the doctor will meet with you directly via a video chat, or review your personal history, conditions, and current hair loss symptoms by reviewing your personal questionnaire.

The telemedicine doctor may be able to prescribe and ship you a suitable medication for you to try for your hair loss, or, if your hair loss seems complicated or related to an underlying condition, will direct you to visit with a specialist in person.

Online telemedicine hair loss consults are must less time-consuming than in-person visits, and may only be 10-15 minutes of your time.

Once you have received your treatment from a telemedicine consult, you are able to get back in touch with the staff and team of doctors to answer any questions you may have during your hair loss treatment.

What kind of doctor to see for hair loss: Bottom line

  • The sooner you receive treatment for your hair loss concerns, the better results you can expect.
  • The absolute best doctors to see for hair loss are Dermatologists, Trichologists, general practitioners with a knowledge of hair loss treatments, or online telemedicine doctors specializing in hair loss.
  • Hair loss can occur due to stress, illnesses, other conditions, genetics, hormonal fluctuations, or scalp skin conditions, and a doctor can help you get to the root of the problem.
  • During an appointment for hair loss, a doctor will ask you questions regarding the timing, extent, and location of your hair loss, in addition to asking you about recent changes and trying to figure out if an underlying condition may be the culprit.
  • Most types of hair loss can be treated to some extent, either by fixing the underlying issue or using medications like Minoxidil and/or Finasteride to reduce hair losses and increase hair regrowth.
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