Dr. Laris shares what you can expect during your initial hair restoration consultation.
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Going for a Consultation About Hair Restoration When a woman comes to see for hair loss, there’s a few things we need to talk about because hair loss isn’t always hereditary hair loss. It isn’t always the kind that can be fixed with surgery or transplantation. Actually most often when I see women, they have hair loss that’s due to other problems, medical problems, hair or scalp disease problems. So, with women we really are careful to go through a lot of questions and I want to know if they had this hair loss for a long time, what’s their family history like, do they have any other medical problems going on at all that might coexist with hair loss. And we actually do a female hair loss panel, which is a blood test that we do to check for many different things. We check for anemia. We check for iron deficiency. We check for hormone imbalances. We check for thyroid disease. We check for things like lupus, because all things can cause hair loss and many times when women come in they think they’ve got hereditary hair loss or hair loss that can’t be fixed. And often times we find that their thyroids are for they’ve got anemia and when we fixed those medical problems their hair grows back. So, if you’re going to physician who specializes in hair loss, he’s going to check those things as well as consider surgical options for you if they’re appropriate. What I would caution is to make sure that you get checked for those things, because for women we don’t really know for sure until those things are checked that it’s hereditary hair loss that is surgically treatable. So you don’t want to have a medical problem and have it surgically treated and have that treatment fail because the medical problem continues to give you hair loss.