Comprehending Hair Loss in men & women: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention Strategies

Hair loss in is one of the most common dermatologic complaints in both men and women. Female or male pattern hair loss also referred to as “androgenetic alopecia” affects millions of Americans annually. There are hundreds of different causes leading to potential reasons for hair loss, and a consultation with a Board Certified Dermatologist is important.  There are numerous hair loss treatment and hair loss prevention measures for effectively controlling the condition.

To address hair loss, a proper evaluation by an expert Board Certified Dermatologist is important . Based on diagnosis, an effective treatment is initiated. The following are the hair loss causes in both men and women:

·         Medical conditions like autoimmune diseases, alopecia areata, and thyroid disorders.

·         Hormonal fluctuations in pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and the condition of PCOS or Polycystic ovary syndrome.

·         A deficiency of essential nutrients like zinc, iron, and vitamins in females influences hair health.

·         Genetic inheritance from either parent.

·         Surplus intake of blood thinners, antidepressants, and chemotherapy.

·         Emotional and physical stress can also cause hair shedding.

·         Excess use of harsh chemicals, tight hairstyles and heat styling damages the hair from the roots.

Diagnosing the cause in a particular case, the Dermatologist may recommend or perform any one of the following hair loss treatments:

·         HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy

·         Immune modulating medications to target autoimmune causes of hair loss

·         Injection of steroids

·         Topical prescription medications

·         Oral prescription Medications

·         Supplements with active ingredients targeting hair follicle thinning

·         Hair Transplant surgery

·         PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Every hair loss patient is different, therefore a thorough examination by the Board Certified Dermatologist is important in saving hair and increasing the efficacy of any treatment.  Hair loss can be prevented by following the hair loss preventive measures:

ü  Avoiding heat

ü  Avoid aggressive hairstyling /pulling/ trauma

ü  Decreasing exposure to chemicals including dyes, relaxers, perms and other chemical treatments.

Mays Dermatology is a national leader in proper diagnosis and clinically effective treatments for hair loss . Every patient is evaluated by the Board Certified Dermatologist, and a combination of clinically studied treatments are customized to every unique patient. Dr. Mays is Dual Board Certified in Dermatology and has authored numerous peer reviewed articles on hair loss.