Hair fall is a common complaint of male and females in this day and age. Problems like weak brittle hair, dandruff and split ends are common. With the onset of puberty, most people also suffer from skin issues like acne, dryness, and allergies etcetera.
Dr. Asma Kanwal is a dermatologist in Lahore, who specializes in helping patients with hair and skin related issues. In this session with oladoc, she talks about a number of skin-related problems, in particular, hair fall and advanced methods to treat it.
Q.1: What is the difference between dermatology and aesthetics?
Dermatology is concerned with skin, hair and nails. They basically cover you from toe to scalp, it involves any kind of disease and infections affecting skin, hair or nails. Aesthetics are concerned with beautification of the body or face, for example, if you have fine lines on your face that you would like to be removed, you will consult an aesthetician.
Procedures for younger-looking skin like fillers, and laser treatments are forte of aestheticians. Issues that cannot be covered with aesthetics are overcome with the help of dermatologists.
Q.2: What are the main causes of hair fall?
Hair fall is frequent all over the world; the question of importance is why? Hair enhances the beauty of the body. Hair fall has a number of causes, illnesses, any fever, for example, typhoid or malaria weakens the body’s immunity. Weakened immunity results in hair loss, any fever that affects the body for more than a week causes hair loss and overall weakness.
Diets deficient in protein and nutrients contribute significantly to hair loss. Moreover, hair treatments like dyes, keratin and straightening weaken the hair and eventually result in hair loss.
Q.3: What are some advanced treatments available in Pakistan to prevent hair fall?
Initially, medications are prescribed to the patient are they are asked to improve their diet. This is aimed at overcoming the deficiency of proteins and nutrients in the body. If a disease has been identified as the cause, it is eliminated. Immunity is strengthened, the patient stays on medication trial for the first 3-4 months and most recover, in case the patient experiences no change, treatments like PRP are performed.
Q.4: Are home remedies for hair fall effective?
Hair remedies are not detrimental to the health of the hair, for example applying egg provides hair with nourishment and protein. Onion water helps to stimulate hair follicles, which results in healthy hair. Home remedies are generally helpful, but unless the root cause is not identified, these remedies do not work. The root cause can only be detected by a dermatologist.
Q.5: What is hyperpigmentation?
This is common among males in females; it is characterized by a darkened patch on certain areas of skin or the nails. This occurs due to over deposition of melanin on a specific area but can be overcome with proper treatment.
If you want to learn more about hairfall and skincare, then watch the full interview. Moreover, consult a dermatologist at your earliest for all your skin and hair concerns. Book an appointment with a top dermatologist through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT professional for your concerns.