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About Hair Loss

About Hair Loss

Everyone, male or female, loses hair. We are all born with a certain number of hair follicles, and no matter what we do throughout our lives we never grow any more follicles than we were born with. As stated by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it is normal to lose approximately 50 to 100 hairs per day. It is only when you see thinning or bald patches that you know you are experiencing serious hair loss.

Causes of Hair Loss

People lose hair for a number of reasons. Women may experience hair loss after childbirth. Extreme stress, certain diseases, and some medical treatments can also cause severe hair loss (alopecia).

Hair Disorders

Androgenic alopecia (hereditary thinning or baldness) is the most common cause of hair loss, affecting approximately 80 million people in the U.S. Men with androgenic alopecia tend to develop a receding hairline, while women tend to keep their hairline but display a widening part.

Other hair disorders that cause thinning or baldness include:

  • Alopecia areata – an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own hair follicles, leaving rounded, smooth patches of hair loss on the scalp and body
  • Cicatricial alopecia – a rare disease in which scar tissue forms where hair follicles once were and the hair cannot be re-grown

Stress, Nutrition, Hormones, and Hair Loss

Traumatic events in life, such as divorce or loss of a loved one, can be stressful enough to cause hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies in iron and protein can cause loss of hair, as can an excess of vitamin A in supplements and medications, or substantial weight loss.

Falling estrogen levels after childbirth causes hair loss in many women, although most see re-growth within a few months. Many women experience hair loss during menopause. Although the loss is often temporary, women over the age of 40 should not to expect to continue to have the same hair volume as they had when they were younger.

Hair Loss

Illness and Diseases that Cause Hair Loss

A number of different diseases, including anemia and thyroid disease, can result in hair loss. So can high fevers, major surgery, severe infections, or the flu. Ringworm of the scalp, a contagious disease common among children, can lead to areas of baldness if not treated. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy used to treat cancer causes hair loss, although the loss is often temporary.

Treatment for Hair Loss in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

For both men and women, noticeable hair loss can have an impact on appearance, affecting self-confidence. Fortunately for many people, advances in medical technology have brought effective, minimally-invasive hair replacement techniques that produce natural-looking, long-lasting results. Dr. Saul Lahijani serves Beverly Hills and the greater Los Angeles area, providing a range of hair replacement procedures, using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.

No matter what caused it, significant hair loss can have a dramatic effect on a person’s appearance and self-esteem. To find out which advanced treatment is appropriate for you, schedule a consultation in one of our four locations to discuss hair replacement with Dr. Lahijani.

Sources: AAD


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