LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Dermatologists say Alopecia is a complex diagnosis affecting both adults and children. Dr. Kim Drew, Board Certified Dermatologist with Lafayette Dermatology, said there is a variety of causes for Alopecia ranging from stress in the body to starting a new medication.

Dr. Drew shared steps that anyone can take to address and treat hair loss, starting with finding a board certified dermatologist to diagnose what type of hair loss you are experiencing. The next step would be treatment.

“If your hair loss is responsive to treatment for hair growth then there are topical medications, over the counter, prescription and oral medications so that you can promote new growth,” she said.

For those whose hair-loss is unresponsive to treatment, Brandon Givens, a local barber and hair-loss replacement specialist provides non-surgical, temporary hair loss solutions. Givens serves clients suffering from different types of Alopecia, burn victims, and clients going through radiation.

Givens offers three non-surgical solutions. Fibers or temporary dyes which he says last about three to five days are sprayed on to conceal any thinning or density, according to Givens. Hair replacement units are offered as a long-lasting solution. The units are applied using a medical grade adhesive and can last for up to five months. Scalp micro-pigmentation, a multi-session solution, is also offered.

“It’s tiny little hair follicles replicated on the scalp using pigment. Once they are combined together using multiple sessions it provides a full result,” he said.

Dr. Drew and Brandon Givens advises anyone suffering from hair loss to consult with your doctor before seeking out medication and to ensure the safety of surgical and non-surgical options.

There may be risks associated with the procedures of commercial body art, which includes permanent tattoos, body piercing and permanent cosmetic application, that may adversely affect the healing process if you have, or have had any of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • History of Hemophilia (bleeding)
  • History of skin diseases, skin lesions, or skin sensitivities to soap, disinfectants
  • History of allergies or adverse reactions to pigments, dyes, or other skin sensitivities
  • History of epilepsy, seizures, fainting, or narcolepsy
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding/ nursing
  • Immune disorders
  • Scarring (Keloid)