Approximately 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States experience some form of hair loss, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Board-certified dermatologist James Sandwich, MD, MPH, and Laura Bush, DMSc, PA-C, understand the physical and emotional consequences of hair loss. At Fayette Area Dermatology in Fayetteville, Griffin, and Zebulon, Georgia, the team offers safe and effective hair loss treatments. Call the location nearest you or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Many factors increase your risk of hair loss. While most people lose up to 100 hairs per day, new hair growth typically replenishes the loss. Receding hairlines, large clumps of hair in the shower, and thinning hair are telltale signs of hair loss.
Common causes of hair loss include:
Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and andropause, can cause either temporary or permanent hair loss.
Female-pattern and male-pattern baldness often run in families. While most women experience thinning hair around the crown, men typically notice bald spots and a receding hairline that develops gradually.
Temporary hair loss from stress is common and often reversible with the right treatment. However, early intervention is key to restoring healthy hair growth.
Certain medications for arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, and cancer treatment can lead to hair loss.
Tight hairstyles, like high ponytails, cornrows, and pigtails, pull your hair from the scalp. Chemical treatments can cause scarring that leads to hair loss.
Common types of hair loss include:
One of the most common types of hair loss, alopecia areata causes patches of hair to fall out. The condition is common in children and young adults. In most cases, the hair returns within a few years. Without treatment, however, alopecia areata can lead to complete hair loss.
Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss. It causes male-pattern and female-pattern hair loss in which the hairline recedes and the hair thins.
Involutional alopecia naturally occurs with age as the follicles begin producing less hair. As a result, new hair growth becomes thinner, shorter, and less frequent.
Telogen effluvium is a temporary condition in which the hair thins at the scalp, causing existing hair to shed.
Usually, treating the root cause of your hair loss is the most effective method to promote healthy growth. If you have an underlying condition, such as a hormone imbalance, the Fayette Area Dermatology team can recommend the appropriate treatment. Other effective treatments for hair loss include:
To learn more about hair loss, call Fayette Area Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.