Hair loss conditions can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, immune system irregularities, medications, and more. However, the most common reason is the aging process, which causes patients to experience hair thinning and baldness. This can be a cause for self-consciousness for many patients who feel like there are few options when it comes to treatment. At our Gross Point office, we diagnose and treat hair loss conditions with the best in hair restoration techniques to help patients regain a sense of wellbeing.
What are The Different Types of Hair Loss?
Alopecia areata is sudden hair loss that can occur anywhere on the body, but is most commonly seen on the scalp and sometimes the beard area, eyebrows or eyelashes. It is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles.For some patients, the hair eventually returns within a few years, but it can result in permanent patches.
Signs and symptoms include sudden hair loss and, in rare cases, total body hair loss. There is no associated pain or itching and it can be cured with topical steroids, local steroid injections, topical chemical treatment, or photochemotherapy.
Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. The most common example is sudden hair shedding after pregnancy/delivery. Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within six months. Treatment generally consists of treating the underlying cause if indicated.
Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss and usually occurs in middle age— however, it can even occur early in life for those effected by it. Sometimes called male pattern baldness, it’s characterized in men by hair loss or thinning around the hairline and crown of the head. In women, androgenic alopecia manifests as hair thinning around the entire head, but can concentrate on the crown of the head. A variety of treatment options exist, including follicle transplant techniques.
When Should I Opt for Hair Restoration?
Despite the constant advances in science, hair restoration still remains a difficult area of study. For now, many patients find best results when they act early when it comes to restoration. Hair loss can affect people of all ages, so it’s important to consider your stage in hair loss when it comes to treatment. As soon as you begin to notice signs of hair thinning or loss, you should be sure to see a specialist. However, even if you’ve already experienced significant loss, Dr. Diggs can recommend a treatment plan for you.
Schedule a Consultation
Hair loss can be a frustrating condition to live with, especially when it comes to determining which solutions will suit you best. To begin discussing your options with Dr. Diggs, contact our Grosse Point office to schedule a consultation. We invite you to call or fill out our online form.