Hair loss can be scarring or non-scarring. Scarring alopecias, or scarring hair loss, is characterized by inflammation that leads to permanent destruction of the hair follicles. This can
lead to permanent hair loss if not diagnosed and treated early on. Sometimes, even with proper management and treatment hair loss can progress.
Non-scarring alopecia, or non-scarring hair loss, usually does not have any inflammation, and there is no destruction of the hair follicle. We can often determine the type of hair loss based on the examination, but may perform a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis.
Hair loss is typically related to one or more of the following factors:
- Hereditary – In most cases, there is an inheritable condition known as male or female pattern baldness. It usually follows a specific pattern that is predictable and happens as a person ages.
- Hormonal Changes – Many conditions, including stress, can negatively affect hormones and in turn cause temporary or permanent hair loss. For females, pregnancy and menopause are two of the main culprits for hormonal alopecia.
- Medical Conditions – Thyroid conditions and infections can cause increased shedding and baldness.
To properly treat your hair loss condition a comprehensive consultation, including an in-depth medical history, and in many cases blood work, will need to be completed prior to prescribing a personalized plan.
During the consultation Dr. Hope Mitchell will diagnose your type of hair loss to determine if you’re a good candidate for hair restoration treatment; and she may recommend a combination of nutritional supplements, Minoxidil–over the counter–Rogaine with or without prescription creams and/or pills, steroid injections or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to help stimulate hair growth and counteract future hair loss.
Hair loss presents in different forms and varies with each individual. Some of the most common symptoms of hair loss include:
- Thinning – Hair thinning is one of the most common symptoms that affect both genders. For men, hair may start to recede on the forehead. Women often will notice a widening of the part, while the hairline stays normal.
- Patchy Bald Spots – In some cases, people may experience smooth bald spots. Most of the time, this occurs only around the scalp area, but it may also happen in eyebrows and beards.
- Loosening of the Hair – Having a physical trauma or an emotional shock can cause someone’s hair to loosen. As you brush, wash, or gently tug on your hair, you might pull out a handful of strands.
Non-surgical hair loss treatments for men and women
There are a number of non-surgical treatments that many men and women find effective and easy to manage which include: medication, nutritional supplements, corticosteroid injections, and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections.