Hair Loss from Steroids

Steroids are often thought to be a contributing factor to hair loss. Although steroids and other medications can play a role in losing hair, a genetic predisposition to hair loss must usually also be present. Many patients come to True & Dorin Medical Group with questions about hair loss from steroids. Drs. Robert True and Robert Dorin can provide answers and recommend treatment options that can help to restore your hairline using your own natural hair.

How Steroids Affect Hair Growth

steroidsSteroids have a number of purposes. They are often prescribed by physicians to treat inflammation relating to conditions such as lupus. In other instances, anabolic steroids are prescribed to patients transitioning from female to male. Anabolic steroids are sometimes used illegally by athletes as a performance enhancer.

Steroids work by altering the levels of certain hormones in the body. Specifically, these drugs tend to increase dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is known to cause damage and inflammation to hair follicles. Over time, the hairs within these damaged follicles will weaken and eventually fall out.

If you have suffered hair loss that may be related to steroids, True & Dorin Medical Group can help you find an effective solution.

Some patients who are not susceptible to hair loss may not experience this side effect from steroids. It is largely unknown why some have this genetic predisposition, but it is thought that some patients' hair follicles are able to withstand higher levels of DHT and are therefore not affected by steroid use. 

Treatment Options for Hair Loss

If it is determined that a patient can safely stop taking steroids, that is the first recommendation for patients wishing to regrow their hair. Many patients will see hair regrowth within a few months after discontinuing use of the drugs. However, for other patients, the the appearance of thinning hair or complete loss of hair may be permanent. Fortunately, we offer several treatment options for patients who have experienced a permanent reduction.

Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a popular treatment technique for men and women who have experienced hair loss and would like to restore their hairlines using their own natural hair. Using this technique, individual follicular unit grafts are extracted from a donor site, typically on the back of the head, and transferred to the treatment area. Our doctors will take great care to place the grafts in a way that creates a natural-looking hairline.

Follicular Unit Transplantation

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is similar to FUE, except that in this treatment, a narrow strip of skin is excised from the back of the scalp, and the individual follicular units are then harvested from this strip before being placed in the treatment area. 

Both of these hair restoration techniques have unique benefits for patients. Our doctors can help explain the differences between the two and help you decide if FUT or FUE is right for you. We also offer a host of other advanced hair restoration techniques that can be administered alone or in combination with FUT or FUE.

Contact Our Office

If you have suffered hair loss that may have been related to steroid use, True & Dorin Medical Group can help you find a unique solution. Please contact us through our website or by calling (866) 629-0866.