Alopecia (Hair Loss)
This condition is more commonly known as age-related hair loss and affects both men and women. Hair growth on the scalp naturally slows as we age, entering a resting phase. The follicles that remain active tend to produce hairs that are shorter and fewer in number, so some degree of thinning, as a result, is normal.
While most people are familiar with the term “male pattern baldness,” this genetic form of the condition can also affect women. Caused by a type of hormone called androgens, androgenic alopecia can affect men in their teens or 20s and upwards. Women often see the effects of this type of hair loss beginning around age 40.
This type of hair loss leads to patchy hair loss and can affect patients of any age. Unlike involutional and androgenic alopecia, it typically has a very rapid onset. In about 90 percent of sufferers, growth returns to normal within a few years. However, in others, it can result in total baldness, or alopecia totalis.
Scarring & Skin Disorders
Damage to the skin can also affect the health and function of the hair follicles. Scarring due to injury, such as burns, can impact the scalp. Inflammatory conditions, such as acne, cellulitis, and folliculitis, as well as skin conditions like lichen planus and lupus, can all cause hair loss.
This type of hair loss causes hair throughout the body to fall out. Patients might experience changes to their eyebrows, eyelashes, and even pubic hair.
Like involutional alopecia, this hair loss results from changes in the growth cycles of hair follicles. Thinning and shedding will be seen after an unusually high number of follicles enter the resting phase simultaneously.
In very rare cases, people are compelled to pull out their own hair. This behavior, known as trichotillomania and categorized as a psychological condition, is most often seen in children.
But Do My Concerns
One of the biggest questions that keep our patients from seeking treatment is whether they are actually experiencing hair loss. You might notice:
- Your hairline is receding
- Noticeably slower hair growth
- Large amounts of hair in your hairbrush or in the shower drain
- Hair that is brittle or more prone to breakage
- Your scalp is increasingly visible
How your symptoms are categorized and whether you receive a formal diagnosis of hair loss is really not important. The fact is that if it bothers you, it is a legitimate medical concern and hair loss treatment is available.
Did You Know?
“By age 50, 85 percent of American men experience substantial hair loss and thinning. Ninety percent of these cases can be attributed to male pattern baldness.”
– American Hair Loss Association
Ready to learn more about how our doctor can treat your hair loss?
Should I Seek Treatment
The health and vitality of our hair (and scalp) are incredibly responsive to our diet, stress, and other environmental factors. Of course, genetics and conditions like alopecia also impact the hair follicles and can result in thinning, hair loss, and baldness. Because of these varied causes, your hair loss might be temporary and resolve on its own, or it might be permanent. Before you reach out to our office, it can be helpful to ask:
Have My Hair Loss Symptoms Persisted?
If you notice extra hair in your brush for just a day or two, it’s worth waiting to see whether this continues. In some cases, symptoms may continue for a few weeks or longer, than naturally disappear. While it’s not necessary to wait this long before you schedule a visit, if the condition resolves on its own, it’s safe to say you can delay hair loss treatment until the concerns show up again.
Am I Affected By This Change?
Whether you choose to pursue treatment for hair loss is entirely up to you. Some men realize they prefer a smooth scalp and shaved head, or are simply unaffected by a receding hairline. The best gauge is how (and if) your confidence and quality of life are affected.
Have Lifestyle Changes Helped?
It is important to keep in mind that certain habits can impact the health of your hair. Wearing a too-tight ponytail, bleaching and dyeing, or even washing more often than you should can all damage the delicate hair follicles. Before you seek hair loss treatment, consider whether a change to your styling regimen could offset harmful side effects and improve your concerns.
Did Over-the-Counter Products Provide Relief?
Many hair loss products are available without the need for a prescription. While these options typically produce a limited improvement, they may be sufficient for a small number of people. However, discontinue use immediately if you notice any unpleasant side effects, such as persistent burning or stinging.
Treatment Is Available
“Hair loss can have a significant effect on your confidence and quality of life, but we offer effective and permanent solutions.”
– Dr. Joseph Galitzin
What Can I Expect
During your consultation at the Hair Restoration Institute of Georgia, Dr. Galitzin will:
- Examine your scalp
- Learn how the side effects of this condition have affected your quality of life
- Assess your hair density
- Evaluate the degree of hair loss
- Go over any treatments you have tried on your own, such as supplements or OTC products
- Discuss the concerns you have about your hair growth
- Outline the specific goals you hope to achieve by seeking treatment
We provide comfortable, private care at our Peachtree City, GA, practice serving patients in Fayetteville, Newnan, and other communities throughout the greater Atlanta area. Dr. Galitzin has helped many clients reach their goals with a custom treatment plan*.
Hair Restoration Institute of Georgia
Joseph Galitzin is a highly trained doctor specializing in the treatment of hair loss. He is:
- An Allergan Platinum Plus Provider
- Up-to-date on the latest hair restoration techniques
- Trained in the advanced ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration system
Our Peachtree City office is conveniently located to serve patients in Fayetteville, Newnan, and surrounding areas. Schedule your consultation online or call (770) 487-2645 to learn more about how our team can help you achieve your goals.