Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair loss is medically known as alopecia. We can experience hair loss in any place we grow hair. The most distressing hair loss is seen on the scalp, eyebrows, and facial hair.

There are many types of hair loss, and the number one cause is male and female pattern hair loss (which is known as androgenetic hair loss). This is caused by genetic and hormonal factors.

In men, we see hair loss that starts with a receding hairline and hair loss at the crown of the head. In women, we see diffuse thinning with the hairline typically staying intact. This type of hair loss is caused by the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This hormone causes hair follicles to shrink (shorter and finer hair is the result). Treatments for this type of hair loss typically include blockers of this hormone  – typically we need to use multiple treatments and a maintenance program as hair maintenance in androgenetic alopecia is a journey and there is no cure and only maintenance.

There are other forms of hair loss which include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium and scarring alopecia. Unfortunately, scarring alopecia is hair loss that is not reversible; thus, if this is the type of hair loss you are diagnosed with the hair that is gone will not come back.

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