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Hair Loss Treatment Specialist

Douglas Altchek, MD -  - Dermatologist

Altchek Dermatology

Douglas Altchek, MD

Dermatologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Hair loss can be upsetting for men, women and teens. Dr. Altchek helps patients from the Upper East Side of Manhattan understand the causes of their hair loss and get the best treatment based on their unique profile for optimal results.

Hair Loss Treatments for Men and Women

What causes hair loss?

Everyone sheds hair each day as part of the body's natural regeneration process. But in chronic hair loss, lots of hair is lost over a relatively brief period of time. The most common causes for chronic hair loss are:

  • family history (genetics)
  • chemotherapy
  • medications
  • thyroid disease
  • poor diet
  • damage to the follicles, often by pulling hair too tightly or wearing tight braids
  • stress
  • ringworm
  • autoimmune diseases
  • other serious diseases

How can hair loss be treated?

The treatment for hair loss will depend in part on what's causing it. For instance, if a fungal infection or other condition or disease is contributing to hair loss, Dr. Altchek will work with you to get that condition under control. Some people have obvious baldness in patches or across broad areas of the scalp. Others may lose hair over the entire scalp, resulting in thinning over time. The most common treatments to help regrow or replace hair include topical solutions and oral medications to stimulate hair growth and special surgical options to transfer hair from one place to another. Once Dr. Altchek determines the causes of your hair loss, he can determine which methods will be most effective.

Is a hair transplant always necessary?

While hair transplant surgery can be a great option for some people, it's not always necessary or the best option. However, you should know that today's transplantation techniques are much more subtle and precise than earlier treatments, resulting in better outcomes for many patients. Having taught hair transplantation and other hair loss treatment techniques for more than three decades, Dr. Altchek is regarded as an expert in the area of hair loss, and he can determine if a transplant is necessary of if another approach might be effective in achieving the results you're looking for.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Altchek accepts most major insurance providers.

Advocate Health Care
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)