Hair loss (alopecia) is one of the most common concerns we diagnose and treat at BAXT CosMedical®. As board certified dermatologists, Dr. Rebecca Baxt and Dr. Saida Baxt are specially trained to diagnose and treat challenging hair diseases.
Many people believe that hair loss only affects your scalp but many also experience hair loss on their entire body. The most common type of hair loss reported by men and women is permanent hair loss, or baldness.
Hair loss can be due to age, heredity, specific medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, medications, or due to how a person cares for their hair. Hair loss affects women, men and children.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Hair Loss In Men And Women?
Everyone loses hair daily. This is because it is a normal part of the hair growth cycle. However, when you begin to see thin spots on your scalp or bald patches, you could be suffering from a common hair loss medical condition. The onset of hair loss could be due to heredity, illness, cancer treatments; or hair loss could be brought on by extreme emotional states, poor nutrition or dieting, pregnancy, or medications.
The most common type of hair loss reported by patients is due to heredity. Names for hair loss conditions are as follows:
- Androgenetic alopecia – thinning or baldness due to genetics. This condition is the most common and affects both men and women. Men typically notice an increasing bald spot on the top of the head. This condition is referred to as male-pattern baldness. Women typically see bald patches and/or a receding hairline.
- Male-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men as they typically have inherited the trait.
- Many women experience hair loss after having a child. This type of hair loss is related to hormones.
- Alopecia areata – this disorder is believed to be caused by an autoimmune disease. Simply stated, it is when the body’s immune system attacks its own hair. With this condition you will see round patches of hair loss not only on the scalp but elsewhere on the body.
- Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia – this disorder is rare as it destroys a person’s hair follicles. Scar tissue then forms which blocks growth of new hair follicles.
- Central centrifugal cicatricial (scarring) alopecia- this condition is seen most often in African American women. It starts in the center of the scalp and progresses outward.
How Is Hair Loss Treated?
Diagnosing the cause of hair loss can be complicated as there are many variables. To properly diagnose hair loss and prescribe an effective treatment, a consultation with a dermatologist is required. Dr. Rebecca Baxt and Dr. Saida Baxt begin with an extensive health history to identify the potential causes of your specific hair loss problem. They will also examine your scalp and hair. An in-office scalp biopsy can be performed to pinpoint the exact nature of your hair loss condition.
Common reasons for hair loss can include but are not limited to:
- Thyroid disease
- Autoimmune diseases (Alopecia Areata)
- Physical or mental stress (Telogen Effluvium)
- Hormonal changes (Androgenetic alopecia)
Once a diagnosis has been obtained, a specific hair loss treatment will be recommended, possibly including the revolutionary Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for hair restoration. PRP is an effective procedure that stimulates hair growth in men and women. Learn more about PRP.
If you have tried popular over-the-counter treatments; such as, minoxidil (found in hair care products) to hand-held laser/light sources (found in brushes and other devices) but are still experiencing hair loss, schedule a consultation with a BAXT CosMedical® dermatologist.