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Do You Need a Hair Loss Doctor?

Dr. Patrick Carroll, MD

Medically reviewed by Patrick Carroll, MD

Written by Our Editorial Team

Last updated 9/18/2017

If you’ve noticed your hairline starting to recede or your hair beginning to thin, one of the most important steps you can take in stopping any further hair loss is getting in touch with a hair loss doctor.

Hair loss can start as early as your teens, and some men experience the early signs of male pattern baldness in their 20s or 30s. The point is, with baldness, the earlier you take action and seek treatment, the more of your hair you’ll be able to keep.

Luckily, almost all male hair loss is treatable today. A hair loss doctor can work with you to find out what’s causing your hair loss and put together a hair loss prevention protocol that helps you minimize further loss and keep as much of your hair as possible.

Not sure if you need a hair loss doctor? Below, we’ve listed the key benefits of talking to a hair loss doctor, as well as some signs you can look for to know when it’s time to take action and do something about your hair loss.

The Benefits of Seeing a Hair Loss Doctor

With hair loss drugs like finasteride and minoxidil available over the counter, there are still plenty of reasons to see a hair loss doctor if you’ve noticed the initial signs of male pattern baldness.

Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons. If you work long hours in a stressful environment, it could be the result of lifestyle stress. If you’ve just dealt with a serious injury or stressful event, there’s a risk that your hair loss could be telogen effluvium caused by shock or frustration.

There are also other reasons for hair loss. For example, a diet that’s lacking in vitamins and minerals can lead to weak, thinning hair. Some men also experience hair loss as a result of skin conditions, certain medicines and lack of sleep.

It can also be hereditary. 

Hair loss doctors specialize in identifying the root cause of hair loss and can quickly and easily tell you why your hair loss is occurring and what you can do about it.

They can also inform you about the effects you can expect from hair loss medications and other treatments, as well as the potential side effects.

If your hair loss isn’t genetic, a hair loss doctor can help you find out the root cause using one of several different tests:

  • Many hair loss doctors use a blood test to test for conditions such as thyroid disease, which can cause thinning and hair loss.

  • Another tool used to diagnose health-related hair loss is a scalp biopsy, which can help your hair loss doctor identify skin conditions that can result in hair loss,.

  • For genetic hair loss, a hair loss doctor might be able to schedule a serum DHT test, which will detect the total amount of hair loss-causing dihydrotestosterone in your bloodstream.

Seeing a hair loss doctor isn’t essential. However, if you’ve noticed some or all of the common signs of hair loss and want an expert’s opinion backed up by real medical data, your best bet is always to talk to an expert.

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Should You See a Hair Loss Doctor?

Simply put, you should see a hair loss doctor if you’ve noticed your hairline receding or thinning and want to do something about it.

The best time to see a hair loss doctor is when you notice any of the early signs of balding. If your hairline is slowly receding or you notice a lot of hair falling out when you shampoo or comb your hair, it’s probably a good time to take action. Even guys in their teens can make early changes to prevent hair loss.

One easy way of knowing that you’re losing hair is to compare several photos of you taken two or more years apart. If you can see a visual change in your hairline or hair thickness, it’s worth making an appointment with a hair loss doctor.

It can also be worth seeing a hair loss doctor if you haven’t noticed any of the common signs of balding, but just want to be prepared and have a plan for dealing with hair loss if and when you experience it.

What Treatment Will a Hair Loss Doctor Prescribe?

Your hair loss doctor will prescribe treatment based on the cause of your hair loss. If your hair loss is genetic (which is by far the most common cause of hair loss in men), the most common treatment option is finasteride and/or minoxidil.

These medications work by blocking hormonal hair loss and regrowing your hair for a thicker, stronger and healthier hairline. Each works slightly differently — you can learn more about the differences in our guide to Minoxidil vs Finasteride.

Sometimes, you might also be recommended a topical DHT blocker or anti-hair loss shampoo for extra protection.

If your hair loss is caused by stress or another health problem, your hair loss doctor might be able to prescribe something to treat the underlying condition. In some cases, they might refer you to a specialist for a specific treatment to end the underlying problem and the hair loss.

Talk to Our Hair Loss Doctors

Talking to a hair loss doctor is a quick, easy way to find out what’s causing your hair loss and what you can do to stop it.

Are you worried about hair loss? Take an online consultation with one of our doctors to learn what’s causing your hair loss, what treatment options are available and how you can prevent further hair loss.

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

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