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Hair Loss

Alopecia, the medical term for hair loss, affects about 80 million men and women in the United States. This hereditary condition occurs when hair follicles begin to shrink over time, resulting in shorter and thinner hair until finally no hair at all grows from the follicle.

Male-pattern baldness typically begins with a receding hairline and thinning hair on the crown of the head. Male hormonal changes and heredity play a role in male-pattern baldness.
Female-pattern baldness is related to an increase in androgens as well as heredity. Hair begins to thin on the top of the head and on the crown, but does not recede severely at the hairline. Female-pattern baldness rarely results in total baldness.

Other types of hair loss can be caused by stress, medications (i.e. chemotherapy), trauma to the hair follicles, or inflammatory reactions in the body.
Depending on the type of hair loss you are experiencing, your dermatologist can help slow its progression and even administer treatments that help to re-grow lost hair.

Treatments for hair loss include:

  • topical or oral medications, including Propecia
  • hormone therapy
  • light therapy
  • hair transplantation

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