Get all your hair questions answered by hair loss expert Dr. Carolyn Jacob. Dr. Jacob is a board-certified dermatologist, Harvard-trained cosmetic and laser surgeon, and the founder and medical director of the Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. We interview Dr. Jacob on what hair loss treatments she recommends to her female and male patients, and get expert advice for how to care for your hair at any age.
1. What hair loss treatments do you recommend for female or male patients?
For men, I recommend minoxidil 5%, Propecia and Viviscal Professional.
2. How do your treatment recommendations differ for women and men?
Men cannot take spironolactone. Women of child-bearing potential cannot take Propecia (generic drug name, finasteride).
3. What are the most common hair concerns your patients see you for?
My male patients often come to me to treat increased hair loss at the frontal scalp (the front hairline), and the parietal scalp or temporal scalp (the sides of the scalp above the ears).
4. How are the causes of hair loss different for younger vs. older patients?
For older women who see hair thinning or loss, it may be due to post-menopausal hormonal changes or other hormone-related causes. For younger women, thinning hair may be related to lifestyle or diet (such as low iron or low protein in their diets).
5. Share with our readers one hair care tip for healthy hair.
I recommend taking omega 3’s or getting more foods with omega 3 in your diet. Do not over-style (overheat) the hair, and have your hair trimmed every 6 weeks to remove dry, brittle ends that are prone to breakage.
6. Why do you recommend Viviscal to your patients?
It is a medically and clinically proven supplement that reduces shedding and promotes hair growth. It has a unique method of action and patients love it!
About Hair Loss Expert Dr. Jacob
Carolyn I. Jacob, M.D. is a hair loss expert. She is a board-certified dermatologist, Harvard-trained cosmetic and laser surgeon, and founder and the medical director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, located at 20 West Kinzie St. in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
Dr. Jacob is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Biology, and attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She was Chief Resident of Dermatology at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, and completed a laser surgery fellowship at Harvard, SkinCare Physicians.
Dr. Jacob is a well-known expert on all medical skin issues, and has been published in numerous articles and medical textbook chapters on dermatology and cosmetic and laser surgery. She is a frequent speaker at professional meetings, and her expertise has been featured in television, print and online media including CBS, ABC, FOX News, various websites, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Allure, Forbes and Self.