Best Alopecia Treatment Specialist for Men & Women
Dr. Steffes offers effective hair loss treatments for alopecia in Wisconsin and nationwide. He'll develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the long-lasting, thicker hair you've always wanted. Request a consultation to begin your journey to better-looking hair started.
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a condition that can affect both men and women, regardless of age, and can have numerous underlying causes. Thanks to medical progress, alopecia is treatable, and cures can be achieved. Understanding the specific type of alopecia is key to determining the most suitable treatment.
Types of Alopecia
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease, often first appearing during childhood or adolescence. It typically presents as well-defined, circular patches of hair loss on the scalp and face. While it usually doesn't involve the entire scalp, there are variants that affect larger areas.
- Associated Conditions: Rarely, Alopecia Areata can be linked to thyroid disease or anemia, particularly in older patients.
- Treatment Options: Traditional therapies include topical and injectable steroids, oral immune suppressive medications, and topical irritant therapy. Promising oral medications like Xeljanz and Vytorin have shown effectiveness, though they can be costly and may pose insurance coverage challenges.
Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common form of hair loss, affecting both men and women, often appearing in late teens or early 20s. It is also known as male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness.
- Cause: This type of alopecia is primarily driven by the effects of testosterone byproducts, particularly dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS), which disrupt the hair growth cycle.
- Treatment Options: Effective treatments include topical minoxidil (Rogaine), oral medications like Finasteride and Spironolactone (for women), and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Hair transplantation, using advanced methods like the ARTAS® Hair Restoration Robot, offers a permanent solution.
Viable Treatments for Alopecia
Minoxidil and Finasteride are the most clinically proven medical therapies to prevent hair loss and regrow hair. Both are available orally or topically with a visit to Dr. Steffes.
Clinically tested hair supplements combat thinning hair. Daily use may reduce hair shedding in 2-3 months. Consult a dermatologist for recommendations and allergy concerns, some contain fish proteins.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) uses growth factors from platelets in the blood to promote thicker, healthier hair by stimulating hair follicles, with noticeable results in 2-3 months after a series of treatments.
ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant
The pinnacle of hair restoration techniques, ARTAS robotic hair transplantation is the most precise, accurate, and reproducible method of hair transplantation available.
Why Choose Dermatology & Cosmetic Physicians for Hair Treatments?
Trust Dr. Steffes for all your hair loss treatments. His mission is to help you achieve your hair restoration goals. Dr. Steffes designs treatment plans using a customized approach, treating each patient with kindness, honesty, and respect. His goal for you is healthy and natural-looking results that are long-lasting.
Hair Loss Treatments
Stop hair loss and regrow your hair naturally by focusing on your nutrition, exercise routine and water intake. Fresh fruits and vegetables, high protein foods and nuts are high in essential minerals. Try a natural supplement or Minoxidil (Rogaine). If none of these options work, you may need a more involved form of hair loss treatment.
Yes! Depending on the cause of your hair loss, it is possible to regrow lost hair.
Deficiencies in riboflavin, biotin, folate and vitamin B12 have been linked with hair loss.
Patients who undergo ARTAS hair restoration feel almost no pain whatsoever thanks to local anesthesia being used during the procedure.
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