Hair loss can show up in several different ways. Before deciding how best to approach hair loss, it is important to identify what type you are experiencing. Some patterns are linked specifically to correctable causes, others are not. Often it is best to be seen by your healthcare provider, who can help make that determination.
Hair loss can be related to a medical condition, such as low iron or thyroid diseases. In some cases, it can be related to a medication that has been prescribed to treat a medical condition. Correcting the underlying medical condition or modifying the medications being taken can lessen or correct the hair loss. A physical condition, such as an injury, can also contribute to hair loss. In these cases, a surgical correction may be appropriate.
Both men and women experience hair loss as a result of the aging process. The extent, distribution, rate of development and age of onset are all individually determined. There are several ways to address male or female patterned hair loss, such as simple cosmetic camouflage, medical treatments and surgical intervention, including hair restoration surgery, often called hair transplantation. To determine the best approach for you, ask your health care provider.
Dr. Daniel Zelac, director of the Hair Restoration Unit, is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at Scripps Clinic in San Diego. He performs a wide range of cosmetic procedures including hair transplantation, liposculpture, facial rejuvenation, botox and filler augmentation.