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Dermatologists Can Help Women Win the Fight Against Common Forms of Hair Loss
Date:3/4/2010

e cases, Dr. Mercurio explained that a hormonal abnormality, such as excess male hormones known as androgens, may be responsible for hair loss in women. One clue that hormones are involved is if the hair loss pattern resembles that of a man's hair loss. While female-pattern hair loss caused by a hormonal imbalance can be treated with prescription medications such as spironolactone or oral contraceptives, it is important that women see their dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Mercurio added that another treatment option to correct hair loss is hair transplantation, in which tiny hair follicles taken from one area of the scalp are transplanted into the affected areas. This surgical approach to restoring lost hair can be very effective and produce permanent results that are natural looking.

"I would urge women who are considering hair restoration surgery to find a dermatologist who is very experienced with hair transplants for women, and as a result, will be more aware of the nuances of female hair loss," said Dr. Mercurio.

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