Causes of Hair Loss
Hair loss is a significant concern for many men and women. Determining the cause is the first step toward addressing this common issue.
The most common causes of thinning, shedding, and baldness are linked to genetics, aging, medical conditions, and certain medications.
Dr. Joseph Galitzin can diagnose causes of hair loss and treat your condition at our Atlanta, GA, office...
Signs of Hair Loss
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people lose approximately 50 to 100 hairs per day. However, certain signs may indicate that you are losing an excessive amount of hair, including:
- Thinning at the top of your head
- Patchy bald spots across your scalp
- Hair loss in multiple areas of your body
- Loose hair, including shedding or more hair than usual in your brush
If you notice any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, visit your doctor. They can perform a medical health evaluation to help determine the cause of your hair loss. The team at our Atlanta office can work alongside your medical practitioner to further pinpoint the cause and find the most effective treatment options.
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Signs of excessive hair loss, like noticeable balding, can impact your self-confidence over time and make you appear older than you are. If you are ready to rejuvenate your appearance, we can evaluate your unique condition, pinpoint the cause of thinning or balding, and discuss your treatment options. Our Atlanta, GA, practice provides discreet care using state-of-the-art technology.
Some Degree of Hair Loss Is Common
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people lose approximately 50 to 100 hairs per day.
The Most Common Cause? Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as hereditary hair loss, accounts for more than 95 percent of hair loss in men. The condition, also known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness, has obvious signs and affects more than 80 million American men and women.
Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not genetically passed on by your maternal grandfather. Even if there is no history of hair loss in your family, you can still be susceptible. Balding and hair loss can begin as early as puberty but are most prevalent later in life.
Androgenetic alopecia is hereditary and develops when hair follicles at the top and front of the head become sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This causes the hair to deteriorate or thin over time until it eventually becomes dormant. Although the front and top of the head are most commonly affected by male pattern baldness, the hair at the sides and back of the head can also grow weaker and more fine over time.
Other Causes of Hair Loss
Although it is most evident in men who visit our Atlanta office, hair loss can also affect women and children. In addition to male- or female-pattern baldness, the most common causes of hair loss include:
HormonesChanges in your hormones during puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can affect the health and function of the hair follicles, slowing or stopping hair growth. This can contribute to conditions like telogen effluvium, which causes an abnormal number of hair follicles to enter the resting phase at one time. Some causes, such as menopause, can cause permanent changes.
Autoimmune DisordersAnother common type of alopecia, called alopecia areata, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the hair follicles. Alopecia areata causes patchy areas of hair loss. Stress has been found to worsen its effects.
Other Medical ConditionsMedical conditions such as scalp infections, lupus, diabetes, anemia, and thyroid problems can all result in alopecia (hair loss).
Certain MedicationsMedications or drugs used to treat cancer, depression, high blood pressure, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy can result in either temporary or permanent hair loss.
Behavior & Lifestyle FactorsOther factors such as trichotillomania (a rare type of psychological disorder), poor nutrition, protein deficiency, and low vitamin levels can all cause hair loss.
How Will the Cause of My Hair Loss Determine Treatment?
If your hair loss is being caused by a medical condition, your doctor may be able to provide medication to offset your hair loss. Switching medications can help if thinning is a side effect of a drug you are taking. There are also certain measures you can take at home to overcome alopecia and keep your skin and hair healthy. Although certain causes of hair loss cannot be prevented, good hygiene and proper nutrition can help you maintain thick, strong hair. In instances of alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and other situations where your hair growth is impacted by high levels of stress, relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga might be helpful.
If you haven't already tried conservative techniques, such as minoxidil foams, a limited number of patients do experience favorable results with over-the-counter products. However, this will only address signs of hair loss and prove effective for as long as the product is used. In addition, some of our Atlanta patients' skin may be too sensitive to withstand side effects such as redness and burning.
Contrary to popular belief...
Hair loss is not genetically passed on by your maternal grandfather. Even if there is no history of hair loss in your family, you can still be susceptible.
Why Choose Our Practice?
If you notice signs that you are losing hair, we understand you want to know the cause and what you can do to improve signs of alopecia, promote hair growth, and permanently correct the situation. Whether you have tried measures on your own, such as supplements or minoxidil, or are not sure where to start, we can meet your unique needs. We provide convenient services for patients affected by hair thinning and baldness throughout Atlanta.
During a consultation at our office, Dr. Galitzin will assess your condition and determine the root cause of your alopecia. This is an important step in determining whether more conservative changes will be helpful or whether you are a candidate for permanent hair restoration. Dr. Galitzin specializes in treatment with the ARTAS® Robotic System, which offers substantial benefits over earlier methods of hair replacement. Healthy men and women of all ages are generally good candidates, Following treatment, patients can expect to experience a permanently improved appearance and a substantial boost in confidence.