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While daily shedding of hair is normal, if you notice increased hair shedding, your hair becoming thinner or bald patches developing, you should be evaluated for one of the many hair loss conditions. With so many causes and a multitude of treatment options, it is important to make an appointment with your dermatologist to see what treatments are best for you.

What is Alopecia (Hair Loss)?

Alopecia, commonly referred to as hair loss, is shedding of hair from the head that far exceeds the normal shedding humans experience on a regular basis. On average, people lose about 50 to 100 hairs from their head each day; hair loss in excess of this may indicate the presence of a condition. In some cases, hair loss can affect the entire body. It can be a temporary condition or it can be permanent. While hair loss on the head is most common in men, it can be found in any individual.

Other Types of Hair Loss

  • Androgenetic alopecia: Thinning of the hair at the crown of the scalp primarily in men, but women can also be affected.
  • Alopecia areata: Characterized by distinct circular patches of hair loss, which can affect men and women of all ages.
  • Telogen effluvium: Intense and diffuse shedding of the hair
  • Tinea capitis: A fungal infection of the scalp that appears as a circular patch of hair loss with scaling on the scalp.
  • Scarring hair loss: Different conditions can contribute to inflammation, scarring and sometimes permanent hair loss.

Signs and Symptoms of Hair Loss

Hair loss can come in many different forms. One common way hair loss presents is in excessive shedding of hairs from the head. This may appear as thinning in the hair at the top of the head or in a receding hairline. Patients may also experience patches of baldness around the head, as well.

What Causes Hair Loss?

There are a number of factors that could contribute to hair loss. If the condition persists or worsens, it is important to meet with a physician to find the underlying cause. Below are six common causes of hair loss.

  1. Hereditary factors: One of the most common causes of hair loss is a hereditary condition associated with aging known as androgenic alopecia. While most common in men, it can occur in women.
  2. Medical, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments: Hair loss can also be caused by medical treatments such as radiation treatment or chemotherapy.
  3. Hormonal conditions: Hormonal fluctuations or chronic hormone conditions can often lead to some hair loss.
  4. Vitamin D deficiency and other immunity conditions: Vitamin D deficiency or immune conditions such as alopecia can be a common cause of hair loss.
  5. How you wear your hair: In individuals who keep their hair tightly braided so that it pulls consistently in one direction, the hair may fade back in the direction of the pulling creating a condition known as traction alopecia.
  6. Stress or major life events: Stressful events, hospitalizations, recent illness or delivery, and even new medications can all lead to hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatment Before & After Photos


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How is Hair Loss Treated?

For those with hereditary hair loss, the most common treatment is the topical application of Rogaine or Propecia. These over the counter medications can come in liquid, foam or shampoo form. In some cases, people may wish to undergo hair transplant surgery, which involves transplanting hair from dense parts of the head to thinning areas.There are multiple topical, oral and injectable treatments available once a diagnosis is made.

Non-Prescription Hair Loss Treatments

It may be recommended that you start a series of vitamins or supplements depending on the cause of hair loss. These include iron, biotin and other possible over-the-counter oral supplements. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis from a physician before starting any supplements. Stress reduction may also be helpful.

Topical Treatments

There are a number of different topical treatments that can be used to help aid in hair growth. These include over-the-counter minoxidil, prescription shampoos and topical steroids depending on the type of hair loss. If the condition is caused by a fungal infection, topical and/or oral antifungals may be prescribed as well. Your doctor will help come up with a plan that best fits your condition.

Oral Prescription Treatment

For both men and women, oral treatments may be recommended. These options include spironolactone (for women only) and finasteride. Your doctor will discuss all risks and benefits with you prior to prescribing these medications.

Intralesional Injections

For alopecia areata, intralesional injections directly into the areas with a steroid may improve the condition. It can take multiple treatments over many months separated by six weeks before results can be seen.

Intralesional Injection

Intralesional injection is a process whereby a corticosteroid is injected directly into a skin lesion or irregular growth. Learn More

Non-Surgical PRP Hair Restoration

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma. Learn More

Sunetics Hair Growth Laser

The Sunetics laser is a safe and effective hair growth treatment option. Learn More

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