Hair Loss Due to Acne Medication

At True & Dorin Medical Group, our doctors are prepared to help those who have suffered hair loss due to acne medication. If you have noticed hair loss after taking medication to treat acne, Drs. Robert True and Robert Dorin can determine a solution to restore your hair at our practice. We have offices in Manhattan, NYC, and communities throughout greater NYC.

Many commonly prescribed acne medications, such as Accutane®, are retinoid-derived drugs, meaning they contain high levels of vitamin A. At appropriate levels, vitamin A can be beneficial for your skin and hair growth. However, because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, the body stores excess amounts and it is relatively easy to build up a toxic amount in your system, which can result in hair loss. 

vitamin aVitamin A and Hair Loss

Vitamin A is considered an essential nutrient for healthy cell development. Among other roles in the body, vitamin A is a key component of gene transcription, skin health, and hair growth. Too much or too little vitamin A in the body can have devastating effects on a patient's health and can lead to organ damage over time.

Our hair restoration specialists can determine the cause of your hair loss and develop a customized solution.

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it is stored in the body's adipose tissue. Other vitamins, such as B-complex vitamins, are water soluble and much easier for the body to expel in order to regulate the amount that is present in the bloodstream. 

Patients who are taking retinoid-derived medications may be building up a toxic amount of vitamin A in their bodies without knowing it. For many patients, discontinuing use of the drug may cause hair to begin regrowing. For others, the hair loss may be permanent.

Hair Restoration Treatment Options

At True & Dorin Medical Group, we can find a hair restoration treatment to meet your needs. Our doctors will work closely with you to determine the cause of your hair loss and recommend the right treatment. 

Follicular Unit Transplantation

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is commonly recommended to patients who have experienced permanent hair loss after taking certain acne medications. In this procedure, a strip of skin is excised from the donor area, usually on the back of the head. Individual follicular units are then harvested from the donor strip and then transplanted to the treatment area. Our doctors will take great care to design your hairline for beautiful and natural-looking results.

Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a similar treatment to FUT, but in this procedure, the individual follicular units are harvested directly from the donor area, and it does not require a small strip of skin to be excised from the back of the head. Our doctors can help you determine which type of procedure is the best fit for your needs.

We also offer a host of other surgical and non-surgical treatments that can be administered alone or in conjunction with treatments such as FUT and FUE.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have experienced hair loss after taking a prescription acne medication or another drug, please contact us online or by calling (866) 629-0866. Our hair restoration specialists can help to determine the cause of your hair loss and develop a customized solution.