There are many different types of hair loss. The most common types of hair loss are androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata, and telogen effluvium. However, there are many other types of hair loss, such as cicatricial alopecia (scarring alopecia), tinea capitis (scalp ringworm), metabolic conditions causing hair loss, and hair shaft abnormalities. It is essential to work with a skilled dermatologist to understand the cause of your alopecia and what treatments may be most helpful for you.
Since most hair loss progresses over time, it is essential for anyone who has noticed thinning hair to work with a dermatologist who is experienced with and has expertise in this condition.
Approximately 50% of women will experience hair loss at some point in their life. While many women notice a change in their hair after menopause, younger women can also develop hair loss. Androgenic alopecia in women is called female pattern baldness. This condition can affect women starting as young as 12 years old. Unlike androgenic alopecia in men, women with this condition tend to have diffuse hair loss throughout their entire head so their scalp is more visible everywhere on their head. However, their frontal hairline remains intact instead of receding, as in male pattern baldness.
When faced with hair loss, many women feel like a piece of their identity is being taken away, and this can greatly affect their self esteem and confidence. Dr. Schultz is dedicated to helping women understand their hair loss and treat it as soon as possible.
The earlier a woman gets expert care for her hair loss, the more likely it is that she will be able to regrow some of the lost hair and especially maintain her existing hair with minimal loss in the future. Telogen effluvium is a common type of hair loss that women experience after stressful events, such as an acute illness, surgery, or even childbirth.
Other types of hair loss can be triggered by anemia, nutritional deficiencies, or metabolic diseases like thyroid disease, making it all the more important for a dermatologist to make an accurate diagnosis.
Men most commonly experience androgenic alopecia, which tends to affect the front and top of the scalp with recession of the frontal hairline at the temples or balding at the crown. This condition can begin to cause a receding hairline and thinning in men in their late teens and early 20s. However, some men may not notice hair loss until they are in their 50s.
Other causes of male hair loss include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, tinea capitis, cicatricial alopecia, hair shaft abnormalities, and more. Many men struggle with their self esteem and confidence both personally and professionally as their hair loss progresses, which is why Dr. Schultz is dedicated to working closely with men to diagnose their hair loss and create a treatment plan.
Diagnosing hair loss in men includes a medical history, physical exam, blood tests, and potentially a scalp biopsy to examine the hair and scalp under a microscope.
Dr. Schultz and the Park Avenue Skin Care team are experts on treating hair loss in men and women. Everyone in the office, especially Dr. Schultz,(because of his personal experience with hair loss and its successful treatment) understands the impact that hair loss can have on an individual, and we treat this condition with the utmost care.
There are many different types of hair loss, making it important to work with an expert who can distinguish between the subtle differences between types of hair loss. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Schultz is skilled in diagnosing and treating hair loss so that men and women with this condition can be and feel their best.
Treatment for hair loss begins with a medical history and physical examination. Dr. Schultz will discuss your concerns, family history, and assess your scalp to look for a hair loss pattern or other signs that differentiate between the types of hair loss.
Bloodwork may also help reveal causes of hair loss related to metabolic diseases, anemia or nutritional deficiencies. Depending on the type of hair loss you are diagnosed with, Dr. Schultz will discuss whether topical medication (minoxidil commonly known as Rogaine), oral medications (finasteride), plasma injections, or laser treatments will work for you.
I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!
- Laura B.
Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! He helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!
- Laura M.
Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with him, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and he understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.
- Kelly D.
My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.
- Ellen R.
In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. He and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.
- Deanna P.
Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, he recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.
- Sherry G.
I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. He is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of him and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that he gives.
- Katrina A.
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