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Hair Loss (Alopecia)


Hair Loss Treatments in Sarasota "Not everyone loses all of the hair on the scalp or body. This happens to about 5 percent of people. "

By far the most common form of hair loss (alopecia) is determined by our genes and hormones: Also known as androgen-dependent, androgenic, or genetic hair loss. It is the largest single type of recognizable alopecia to affect both men and women. It is estimated that around 30% of Caucasian females are affected before menopause. Other commonly used names for genetic hair loss include common baldness, diffuse hair loss, male or female pattern baldness.

When a person has a medical condition called alopecia areata, the hair falls out in round patches. The hair can fall out on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

Alopecia areata can cause different types of hair loss. Each of these types has a different name:

  • Alopecia areata (hair loss in patches).
  • Alopecia totalis (lose all hair on the scalp).
  • Alopecia universalis (lose all hair on the body).

Alopecia is not contagious. It is not due to nerves. What happens is that the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), causing hair loss. This disease most often occurs in otherwise healthy people.

There are a variety of treatment options available for thinning hair depending upon the extent of hair loss and underlying cause. At Abrams Dermatology, we will review your medical history, examine your scalp, and help you to determine the treatment options that are most suitable for your needs and lifestyle. We offer various non-surgical treatments and can recommend superior transplant surgeons if you choose to explore that option.

If you'd like to learn more about hair loss, browse some of the link below for information provided by some of the top dermatological resources available online.

American Academy of Dermatology: Hair Loss

Treatment Options
Propecia
Minoxidil
Hair Replacement

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