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Hair Loss 

Hair Restoration Options

There are various types of hair loss with differing causes. Some examples include androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and scarring alopecia.


Androgenic alopecia, or hereditary balding, is the most common reason for hair loss. In men, this happens when the frontal hairline recedes and hair is shed at the top of the scalp. In women, the frontal hairline is preserved and hair loss occurs in a “fir tree” pattern along the central part. Treatment of androgenic alopecia includes vitamins, topical minoxidil, oral spironolactone, and finasteride.

Alopecia Areata is a condition in which patients get small round patches of hair loss. It can happen to anyone but is more common in people with a family history of the disease. In alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks the root of the hair for unknown reasons. While most people get 1 or 2 small patches on the scalp, some people can lose all of their scalp (alopecia totalis) and body hair (alopecia universalis). Nails may get tiny pinpoint dents. Alopecia areata is not dangerous and poses no health risk, but may be associated with allergies, asthma, eczema, thyroid dysfunction, and vitiligo. Alopecia areata usually gets better by itself, but the timing is unpredictable. While there is no cure, injection of corticosteroids into the affected areas may help speed hair recovery.


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Telogen Effluvium refers to an increase in the amount of hair shedding, usually without discrete bald patches. This type of hair loss occurs in people who have had a significant stressor, such as illness, major surgery, thyroid disease, inadequate diet, low iron, medications, birth control pills, and traumatic events or cancer treatments. In most cases, telogen effluvium resolves without treatment after a few months.

Scarring Alopecia can occur as a result of inflammatory disorders, such as lichen planopilaris and discoid lupus, or after years of traumatic hair care practices. For inflammatory disorders, a biopsy may be done to confirm the etiology. Treatment focuses on stopping the spread of the inflammation. Hair care practices associated with scarring hair loss include dyes, tints, bleaches, relaxers, hot combs and permanent waves. Because there is scarring, recovery of hair may be difficult and, in some cases, not possible.


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