Hair and Scalp Disorders edited by Amy J. McMichael and Maria K. Hordinsky
Welcome to the second edition of Hair and Scalp Disorders: Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Treatments. In this edition, we wanted to capture the myriad updates in the field of hair and scalp disorders while still keeping our comprehensive review of treatment approaches. We have maintained our commitment to creating the quintessential text on the treatment of hair disorders as well as our commitment to a balanced discussion of ethnicity and cultural practices as they relate to disease mechanism and treatment. Our goal is to impart widely the information that has been accumulated by specialists in the field of hair and scalp disorders and to do so in a way that is easy to follow, practical, and complete. Finally, we strove to enumerate treatments that may go beyond accepted US and international guidelines and incorporate off-label use of the medications when data indicate this may be necessary.
In this second edition, we charged our contributors with the challenge of approaching each hair disorder with a therapeutic ladder. The treatment of each disorder begins in the simplest form and becomes more complex, depending upon patient response, cultural practices, and concomitant disease. We again asked each author to create treatment plans that look beyond the bestdescribed treatments to those that incorporate creative, thoughtful approaches to the management of the multitude of hair and scalp disorders that challenge dermatologists. In order to add more value to the text, we added several new chapters to capture current ideas about hair and scalp health. We have added a chapter on aging hair to highlight our specialty approach to anti-aging. Another exciting addition is the chapter that explains the latest trends in the cosmetic chemistry approach to the healthy hair shaft and how to effect benefit to the unhealthy hair fiber. Our final new chapter is a practical case scenario guide to challenging cases seen by dermatologists every day.
In this new edition, chapters have been updated to include exciting breakthroughs in conditions and diseases that have new treatments, often with mechanisms that were not known at time of publication of our first edition. Our authors continue to include mechanism of action, absorption characteristics, and general pharmacology of the agent or agents discussed. This book serves as a primer for those seeking an approach to hair and scalp conditions, from the patient with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis reactions of the scalp to the latest technology in lasers for hair growth or reduction. We understand that diverse populations are the norm for so many of our readers, so we specifically tasked our contributors with incorporating diverse hair types and hair care practices into each of their chapters. It is our hope that this integration will allow the appreciation of diversity in patients as well as treatment methods.
The audience for this work is wide. Practicing dermatologists and dermatologists in training will find the therapeutic regimens presented here to be practical and helpful. Researchers and product managers in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries will benefit from understanding the dermatologist’s approach to the diagnosis and management of the disorders discussed. We firmly believe that anyone interested in hair and scalp disorders will benefit from using this book as a resource. Please enjoy this exciting updated edition of our book.