Hair can play a vital role in our cosmetic appearance, positively or negatively. At Steele Dermatology we know that you want thick, plentiful, shiny and strong hair on the scalp and often to minimize hair on other areas of the body. Dr. Steele knows that hair can be just as important to you as skin and that issues such as male pattern baldness, thinning hair, and hair loss in women can be very upsetting and even cause panic.
Dr. Steele specializes in hair growth disorders, including that of the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes and otherwise. She evaluates each patient with the intent to discover the reason for any excess hair growth or various causes of alopecia. Then she can propose treatment options, which may include vitamin supplementation, oral medications, PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) therapy, steroid injections, topical solutions, laser treatment, or hair transplantation.
See our Hair Treatment Center for a full discussion of treatments and procedures for hair growth.
HAIR GROWTH ISSUES
- + HAIR LOSS & ALOPECIA
When it comes to hair loss (also known as alopecia) you need to see a specialist such as Dr. Steele and you need to act quickly. At times others may blow off hair loss saying that the issue is insignificant, “not that big of a deal”, or that “you still have a lot of hair”, but at Steele Dermatology we take hair loss seriously. Usually one only notices that their hair is thinned when it reaches about 50% of it’s original density, which is later than anyone would want to take action on any condition. So, when you notice hair loss, come in for evaluation and treatment.
There are many types of alopecia that include inflammation and autoimmune disorders, nutritional and hormonal imbalances, medications, stress, and styling practices. There is no one simple cause of alopecia, so there is no simple generic treatment course. Make an appointment for proper evaluation and examination of your alopecia, then Dr. Steele will design an appropriate and effective treatment plan for you to restore your hair.
- + BRITTLE, BREAKING OR FRAGILE HAIR
Dr. Steele sees many patients experiencing brittle, fragile, dry or breaking hair that could be confused with hair loss/alopecia. While it’s not alopecia per se, the cosmetic implications of poor quality hair can be as significant as that of alopecia. Fortunately, in this scenario, the hair is growing from the scalp perfectly fine, which means that the hair follicles are intact and functional. That alone means that there is a foundation for building healthier, thicker, stronger hair from those follicles.
Brittle or fragile hair is a sign that things aren’t going right with hair growth—either because of internal factors or external damage. In any case, Dr. Steele is able to evaluate your hair to find the cause of your brittle or thin hair and create a plan to strengthen, lengthen and revitalize your hair.
- + THINNING HAIR
Thinning hair is more of a symptom than a diagnosis, but a very frequent complaint, especially as women and men get older. People are usually referring to a thinned density of hair, i.e. fewer hairs per unit area than they used to have. Basically, you feel like you see more scalp than you used to or your ponytail just isn’t as thick as it used to be. As this happens in the front part of the scalp, you may feel like you see more forehead than before as well. At Steele Dermatology, our goal is to get you more coverage and thicker hair.
The most common cause of thinning hair is androgenetic alopecia (female or male pattern baldness), however there may be other causes like shedding due to internal disorders or changes. In any case, Dr. Steele will examine your hair, hair follicles and review your history to determine the cause of thinning and use her arsenal of treatments to thicken and replenish your hair.
- + EYEBROW AND EYELASH HAIR LOSS
Dr. Steele is experienced in seeing patients with not only hair loss on the scalp, but also hair loss of the eyelashes and eyebrows. These hairs are so prominent on the face and frame the eyes, so they can be very important to one’s appearance if lost. Some of the same factors responsible for scalp hair loss can also affect the lashes and brows—these can be internal factors like nutrition, medication, internal disorders or very commonly, external factors like eyelash extensions or over-plucking.
In any case, Dr. Steele is one of the few physicians than can help restore your lashes or brows through applied medical treatment or specialized procedural restoration (transplant or PRP (platelet-rich-plasma)) treatment. See Dr. Steele to see what can be done for your scarce lashes or brows.
- + EXCESSIVE HAIR OR INAPPROPRIATE HAIR GROWTH
Few things can be more embarrassing than hair growth in the wrong areas on the body! Dr. Steele recognizes this and can help identify reasons that you may have hair growing in the “wrong” places, like on the face in women. Not only will we uncover why you may have excessive or inappropriate hair, but we will slow it down, stop it, and/or remove it.
Dr. Steele will choose the safest and most effective tools to achieve your goals of minimizing your undesired hair growth.
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FAQs About Hair Transplantation
- + Do I Have to Be Put to Sleep for Hair Transplantation?
No. The procedure is performed strictly with local anesthetic. This is by far the safest way to perform surgery, when possible.
- + Does Getting a Hair Transplant Hurt?
There are very brief periods of discomfort during the procedure, but all efforts are taken to minimize any potential pain for the patient. Patients are given a sedative prior to the procedure and all areas involved are thoroughly numbed. You are also given pain medications when you go home to ensure your comfort in the hours and days after the procedure.
- + Is it OK if My Hair is Colored or Chemically Treated?
Yes. The hair follicles are the most important — these remain unchanged if you color or chemically treat your hair. You can continue to chemically treat or color your hair up until a certain period before surgery and may resume a couple of weeks after surgery.
- + How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Generally the procedure takes several hours (up to a full day) for an average sized case.You are awake for the entire procedure, so you can watch a movie if you choose, read a book or just chat during the day. You will have small breaks, be able to use the restroom, and eat lunch. Our goal is for the day to be as comfortable for you as possible.
- + How Long Will I Be Healing?
After about 7-10 days everything will mostly be healed and look pretty normal. In the areas where hair was added, the transplanted follicles will be apparent in the first several days, although you can cover the area with a hat, scarf, bandana, etc.
With the traditional strip method, the stitched donor site is covered by your hair and not visible to others. With the FUE method, the tiny sites of the removed follicles are not stitched and are visible in the first few days.
- + How Long Does It Take to See the Results?
About 6 months, with a maximum results at about 1 year. We all know that hair grows slowly. The hair follicles usually lose whatever hair they are growing soon after they are transplanted, then start to grow new hair. All in all, it takes about 6 months to really appreciate good, significant growth from the transplanted follicles.
- + How Long Do The Results Last?
Forever. The biggest reason that your hair will thin again is progressive hair loss of the original (not the new transplanted) hairs in the balding areas. Most people will need more than one hair transplant over the course of their lifetime, with an average of 2 to 3 surgeries. As your hair loss naturally progresses, you can “keep up” with it by moving more hairs into the balding area. As long as you have donor hair, there is no limit to the number of procedures that can be done! You can always keep your hair loss camouflaged. This does not apply to patients who have hair loss from a medical condition or damaging hairstyle, who usually only need one procedure.