Hair Loss

Thinning hair affects both men and women and may occur at any age. People under a lot of physical or emotional stress and women who have given birth may notice hair loss. Certain underlying illnesses or conditions, such as thyroid abnormalities, anemia, or medications can lead to hair loss. Heredity, however, is by far the leading cause of hair loss. In Chapel Hill and Sanford, among other offices, Central Dermatology Center’s board-certified dermatologists and highly trained physician assistants, who have expertise in dermatology, diagnose and oversee hair loss treatment. Even though thinning hair or balding isn’t always a serious health issue, it can undermine your self-confidence.

If thinning hair is bothering you, request an appointment online, or call (919) 401-1994 to schedule an appointment at one of our locations including Chapel Hill, Sanford, or Cary, North Carolina.

Treatment

The FDA has approved both over-the-counter and prescription treatments to generate new hair growth in men and women with non-scarring hair loss. Your dermatologist at Central Dermatology Center will discuss the options to help you decide on a course of action.

  • Non-prescription – Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is a liquid or foam rubbed into your scalp twice daily. It may slow hair loss or encourage new growth. In some cases, people experience both benefits. It may take up to 3 months before you notice new hair growth. Side effects include an irritated or oily scalp and unwanted hair growth on skin near the scalp.
  • Prescription – Finasteride (Propecia®) or, less commonly, Dutasteride (Avodart®) or spironlactone, are medications used to treat male-pattern baldness. Men using Propecia usually notice slower hair loss, although some also see new growth. Side effects are rare, but include diminished sex drive. Women who may have children are not candidates for this therapy.
  • Evaluation – A thorough examination of your scalp and review of your health history can be the first step in addressing hair loss.

Dr. Beth Goldstein, Dr. Jennelle S. Williams, Dr. David T. DeVries, Dr. Rebecca Todd-Bell, Dr. C. Lynn Cheng, Dr. Nadia Wang and Dr. Austin Newsome are all board-certified Dermatologists and members of the American Board of Dermatology. At Central Dermatology Center, we specialize in the following areas:  the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, the treatment of acne and acne scars, aging skin and wrinkles, hair loss, eczema, rashes, moles, cysts, lesions, rosacea and redness.  CDC serves patients throughout North Carolina, including Chapel Hill, Raleigh-Durham, Cary, and Sanford.