Siperstein Dermatology Group Dr. Julian Mackay-Wiggan Hair Loss Expert Photos courtesy of siperstein dermatology group After 15 years at Columbia University, Julian Mackay-Wiggan, M.D., M.S., joins the top-rated doctors of Siperstein Dermatology Group (SDG), bringing her hair loss expertise to patients in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. 84 | FEBRuary 2018 | www.AtlanticAveMagazine.com Since its founding in 2010 by Robyn Siperstein-Paul, M.D., Siperstein Dermatology Group has attracted top doctors who have trained at the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including Yale, Cornell, NYU and now Columbia. With the addition of Dr. Mackay-Wiggan, SDG has a talented physician, with academic expertise in treating the most challenging dermatological conditions. Dr. Mackay-Wiggan treats patients with all dermatologic conditions. However, she is most passionate about evaluating and treating hair loss and scalp disorders. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of conditions, including male/female pattern hair loss, alopecia areata and scarring alopecias. Additionally, hair loss can be caused by stress, illness and certain medications. She is now the seventh board certified dermatologist to join SDG. Dr. Mackay-Wiggan is also passionate about medical research. “One of the reasons we felt it was a wonderful synergy is that SDG is quickly becoming the most well-rounded dermatologic center of excellence in South Florida. SDG recently started conducting clinical research, which is something I have been doing for 15 years,” she says. The opportunity to move to Florida was serendipitous for Dr. Mackay-Wiggan, who has been thinking about moving closer to family for years. Once she met with Dr. Siperstein, “it felt like a perfect match right away,” she says. She also appreciates the practice’s philosophy of spending more time with patients, which allows time for educating and explaining all treatment options, so doctors and patients can make informed decisions together. “Even when there are limited treatments available, I can give patients a good understanding of their condition, and I can offer advice, support and tips for what they can do to optimize the situation,” she says. SDG also offers state-of-the-art technology, expertise and procedures all areas of dermatology, from skin cancer screening and prevention to the latest cosmetic procedures and laser treatments designed to make patients look and feel their best.
Q: What is alopecia? A: Alopecia is a general term for hair loss. There are many different forms of hair loss, which can affect both men and women. Triggers of may include genetic and environmental factors, stress, illness, medications, changes in weight or diet, use of damaging hair care products or excessive heat styling. Hair loss can present in a variety of ways. Some patients experience increased shedding (hair coming out), while others have thinning (scalp more visible or thinner ponytails), bald patches and hair line recession. Treatment and regrowth of hair depends on the specific type of hair loss. Q: What are the different types of hair loss? A: The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, also known as male/female pattern hair loss. This type is age or hormonally related and results in gradual thinning of hair, sometimes leading to balding, particularly in men. Another common type of hair loss is alopecia areata, which is caused by the patient’s own immune system targeting the hair follicle. Alopecia areata often presents as smooth patches without hair on the scalp, beard or body. In severe cases, there can be complete loss of scalp and/or body hair. A less common type is scarring alopecia, which is caused by inflammation permanently damaging the hair follicles, resulting in scarring and permanent hair loss. Q: How common is hair loss and what can I do to treat it? A: Although under-recognized, female pattern hair loss can affect up to 50% of women. Alopecia areata is less common, affecting up to 2% of the population. There are other common types of temporary hair loss, causing increased hair shedding after stress, for example after illness, surgery or childbirth. Luckily, the permanent scarring alopecias are less common. At times, patients present with more than one type of hair loss at the same time, for example a patient with age related thinning may also develop alopecia areata or a scarring alopecia. Once you have determined that there is a problem, make an appointment with a dermatologist specializing in hair loss for an evaluation, examination of the hair and hair follicles, possible scalp biopsy and blood work (if needed). It is important that the type of hair loss is correctly identified, since expectations regarding treatment options and outcomes will depend on accurate diagnosis. Dr. Julian Mackay-Wiggan completed her medical training at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and internship and residency training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She was Associate Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center and the Director of the Clinical Research Unit (CRU), as well as Director of the Dermatology Resident’s clinic in the Department of Dermatology, serving as full time faculty for 15 years. In addition to authoring many dermatology publications, Dr. Mackay-Wiggan has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Men’s Health, Women’s Health. Dr. Wiggan joined Siperstein Dermatology Group in January, and she is excited to use her knowledge to help patients with of all types of dermatological conditions such as skin cancer, warts, psoriasis, eczema, and acne, in addition to continuing her expertise in hair loss disorders. SIPERSTEIN DERMATOLOGY GROUP 950 Glades Road, 4th floor, Boca Raton - 561-955-8885 9897 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach - 561-364-7774 Dr. Mackay-Wiggan is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology since 2002. Call for an appointment at either convenient location. www.AtlanticAveMagazine.com | FEBRuary 2018 | 85