Call a health care professional if you have any of the following symptoms; they can suggest a problem other than hereditary-pattern baldness:
Hair that falls out suddenly or in clumps
Patchy hair loss ("flea bitten" appearance)
Redness, flaking or scarring of the scalp in the area of hair loss
Hair loss in women under age 30
Signs of abnormally high testosterone levels in women, including abnormal menstrual periods, deepening of the voice, acne, hair loss in a male pattern or hair growth in unusual places (face, chest)
Most doctors or dermatologists will prescribe finasteride to men who would like to use it. If you are interested in cosmetic surgery, consult a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who specializes in hair restoration.