Hair loss is a natural phenomenon. On average, we lose 50 strands of hair per day, which are replaced by new hair. In certain circumstances, hair loss may be much more severe (autumn, stress, fatigue, illness…). In the case of baldness, all of the hair that falls out is not replaced.
Is it common for people to consult a dermatologist for hair loss?
Patients come to see us daily for hair loss.
This is frequently due to an increase in physiological hair loss, which particularly affects women during autumn and spring, when the number of consultations rises. We also see patients when baldness starts to set in, a condition that is often hard for young men to accept. Hair loss nearly always gives rise to some anxiety in our patients.
How do you treat hair loss, apart from baldness?
I begin by prescribing blood tests for my patients (levels of iron and thyroid hormones).
I explain the mechanism behind hair loss as it is important to calm patients’ anxiety. I commonly prescribe dietary supplements (sulfur amino acids: taurine, cystine) that can help shorten this hair loss period. Anti-hair loss lotions can also be effective. I always choose products that have been proven effective.
How do you treat starting baldness?
I always prescribe hormonal tests for my patients.
This way, if there is an anomaly, I can put them on a hormonal treatment. Today, there are treatments that can inhibit hair loss in men. Topically, I use lotions that contain minoxidil (5%). I have also used finasteride, an oral treatment that is often effective. These are long term treatments. The patient must not stop taking the treatment, otherwise he will continue to lose his hair. None of these treatments are reimbursed by health insurance.