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What is hair loss?

The most recognized type of hair loss is related to baldness, receding hair lines and thinning hair. Hair loss, or alopecia, also describes hair loss on other parts of your body. The most extreme case of hair loss is a condition known as alopecia universalis, in which the patient has no body hair at all. A more common condition is male pattern baldness, but women suffer from thinning hair and balding, known as “female-pattern baldness.” Many women live with this condition in silence.

What causes hair loss?

Genetics do play a role in hair loss, but there are several other factors that can cause you to lose hair. Certain medications and medical conditions cause you to lose hair, such as poor nutrition and illicit drug use. Medical conditions include lupus, lichen planus, hypothyroidism and alopecia areata, in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles.

Women may lose their hair due to hormonal changes, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control and menopause. Scalp infections, scarring and injury may also result in hair loss.

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How is hair loss treated?

Wigs, toupees and “comb overs” aren’t the only way to treat your hair loss. Today, there are topical and oral treatments, as well laser procedures that can help prevent further hair loss.

At Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists, we also use the exciting NeoGraft™ method. This method employs the use of follicular unit extraction (FUE). There is less downtime and scarring involved with FUE than the older technique known as follicular unit transplantation (strip method).

Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is a safe and effective topical treatment for both men and women. The treatment is designed to slow hair loss, and some patients experience new growth while using the product. Finasteride is an oral medication that is safe for men, but women who are in their childbearing years should avoid this treatment. Dr. Goldberg may also recommend laser treatments to stimulate new hair growth.

Learn more about NeoGraft in the video below, or by clicking here.

How do I get started?

Dr. Goldberg and his staff will be happy to discuss hair loss (alopecia) treatment with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in New York or New Jersey.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our in-office safety policies are aligned with the latest guidelines issued by the CDC and local government officials related to COVID-19.

New safety policies for patients:

  • Patients will undergo screening questions and receive comprehensive instructions about our new policies prior to their appointment.
  • To minimize contact, we will offer patients virtual check in and check out.
  • Patients will be instructed to come to the office wearing a mask.
  • Patient temperatures will be checked via forehead scanners upon arrival to the office.
  • We have reorganized our offices to maximize social distancing and cleanliness, and we have altered workflows to allow patients to wait outside or in their cars until their exam room is ready. Patients will be contacted via text message or phone call when the provider is ready for the visit to begin.
  • We are asking for patients to arrive at their appointment alone. For children and adult patients who require a caretaker, one adult may accompany the patient.
  • Patients who are sick or have had exposures to COVID-19 will be rescheduled.
  • Offices will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day.
  • Teledermatology appointments remain available for patients who prefer to be seen virtually.

New safety policies for office & staff:

  • All of our staff have completed training on all new workflows and infection prevention measures.
  • All of our clinical staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during patient encounters to include masks and eye protection.
  • Our exam rooms are sanitized before and after every patient visit.
  • All SLSS team members will be screened for symptoms and/or fever daily prior to coming to work.
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