Hair Clinic

Hair conditions are incredibly common. Usually the hair concern is hair loss.  People who notice hair falling out, thinning, or appearing in large amounts on their comb or brush should see a Dermatologist. With correct diagnosis, many people with hair loss can be helped. Dr. Malcolm, Dermatologist, will evaluate the hair loss condition and determine whether the problem will resolve on its own or medical treatment is needed. Laser treatment with illumiWave may also be helpful for some patients but is not covered by Alberta Health. 

Hair Clinic
At Rejuvaderm, Dr. Malcolm has a designated Hair Clinic where she offers comprehensive medical treatments for these conditions. Medical treatments are covered by Alberta Health. A referral from your family physician is required to see Dr. Malcolm for medical treatments because she is a specialist physician. For patients interested in illumiWave laser, no referral is necessary.

Causes of Hair Loss
There are many different causes of hair loss. The most common types are listed below.

Hereditary Thinning or Balding
The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary thinning or balding also known as ‘Androgenic Alopecia’ in men or ‘Female Pattern Hair Loss’ when it affects women. It can be inherited from the mother's or father's side of the family or both. Women with this trait develop thinning hair, but do not become completely bald. Hereditary hair loss can start in one's teens, twenties, or thirties. While there is no cure, medical and laser treatments are available that may help some people.

Excessive Shedding
Another common type of hair loss is excessive shedding also known as ’Telogen Effluvium’. In this condition too many hairs to enter the resting (telogen) phase of the hair growth cycle, and it produces a dramatic increase in the amount of hair shed (effluvium), usually without bald patches. The increased shedding is often noticed 3 months after the initiating event. Some causes of telogen effluvium include: psychological stress, childbirth, peri or postmenopause, major surgery/chronic illness, high fever, severe infection, cancer treatments, and certain medications.

Alopecia Areata
In this condition patients lose hair in one or more patches. The patches are usually totally smooth, round, and the size of a coin or larger. Patients are generally in excellent health. Although the cause is unknown, it is thought to be an autoimmune condition (the body makes antibodies to its own hair).