Hair Loss


Hair loss has many different causes and presents in a variety of patterns. It can be limited to the scalp or involve other areas of the body. Some types of hair loss are reversible while others, if not treated early in the course of the disease, result in permanent hair loss.

  • Gradual or sudden hair loss
  • Thinning of hair
  • Potential for natural regrowth
  • Need for treatment for regrowth
  • Urgency for immediate intervention to prevent permanent hair loss

Some Causes Of

Hair Loss

Age Related Hair Loss

Both men and women can experience hair loss soon after the onset of puberty. In response to hormonal changes and certain genetic factors, hair follicles shrink and produce smaller and shorter hairs, and eventually can stop growing hair completely. While most men will notice hair loss throughout their 30s and 40s, it becomes most noticeable for women after menopause. Treatment can help slow down hair loss and promote regrowth, especially when started early.

Alopecia Areata

This condition occurs when the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing patchy hair loss on the scalp and other body parts. Hair loss can extend to eyelashes and eyebrows or even the entire body. Treatment may aid in hair regrowth if natural growth does not occur.

Psoriasis on the Scalp

Many individuals with plaque psoriasis eventually develop scalp psoriasis, which can result in hair loss. Hair typically regrows once the scalp psoriasis clears, but this process takes time. Following dermatologists' advice may help prevent hair loss.

Scarring Alopecia

This condition occurs when inflammation damages hair follicles, preventing hair growth. Various factors can trigger this, and the medical term for this group of conditions is cicatricial alopecia. Once a hair follicle is damaged, it cannot regrow hair. Early detection can help prevent further hair loss.

Scalp Infection

Certain types of scalp infections can cause scaly and inflamed areas on the scalp, leading to bald spots. Prompt treatment is necessary to eliminate the infection and restore hair growth in these areas.


Hairstyles that cause strong pulling of the hair, such as tight ponytails and braids, can lead to hair loss. This type of hair loss can be reversed if it is caught early, however if there is long-term pulling on the hair the hair loss will likely be permanent.

Effects of Childbirth, Illness, or Stress

Two to three months after a very stressful event such as childbirth, a severe illness, surgery, or loss of a loved one, a sudden increase in hair shedding may occur. Once the stressor subsides, the shedding will stop, and the hair should return to its normal fullness within 6 to 9 months.

Treatments For Hair Loss

Treatment can assist with nearly all forms of hair loss, especially when detected early. Our dermatologists might suggest prescription medications, nutritional supplements, or in-office procedures based on the type of hair loss.

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