Losing hair is a normal part of aging, as adults lose up to 100 strands of hair naturally every single day. But when hair loss is premature or exceeds a normal amount, it can be an extremely frustrating issue that deals a blow to your self-esteem and confidence. Both men and women can suffer from thinning hair or balding patches, and there is no single cause or one-size-fits-all treatment to prescribe.
Hair loss, also called alopecia, can affect men and women of all ages, and the causes range from natural aging to acute diseases. Some of the most common reasons for hair loss in either gender include:
* Hereditary baldness or hair thinning that is passed down from one or both parents’ families
* Excess stress or hormones (in women this can include giving birth and menopause)
* Illness related to major surgery, high fever, a serious infection, or even the flu
* Cancer treatments that use radiation or chemotherapy
* Scalp ringworm, a contagious disease that’s common in children but can spread to adults.
* Various diseases, including thyroid disease and anemia among several others, can cause hair loss as a side effect or symptom
* Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder
* Diet and nutrition will also impact the health of your skin and hair, so deficiencies in protein and iron or excess vitamin A can affect natural hair growth
* Extreme weight loss from an eating disorder or even a healthy lifestyle can temporarily stop hair from growing
Dr. Gavino, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, meaning he is trained to analyze skin disorders at the microscopic level for detailed identification and diagnosis of skin diseases. Because of this specialty, Dr. Gavino is uniquely trained to understand and treat each patient’s hair loss on an individual level. This kind of personal diagnosis leads to more effective results than other salons, med spas, home remedies, or even general dermatologists.
You can read Dr. Gavino’s full profile here or get to know any of our other dermatologists and medical providers on the Our Providers page.
To get to the root cause of your hair loss, Tru-Skin Dermatology starts with a clinical biopsy—a lab test of skin and hair samples to identify the exact reason you’re losing hair faster than your peers. Based on
the results, we’ll recommend treatment options that encourage natural hair growth. In some cases, this can include prescription oral or topical medications. The FDA-approved pill Finasteride, for example, slows hair loss and stimulates re-growth in up to 88% of male patients. Laser treatments are a newer innovation for hair loss treatment that can be used alone or with medication to increase natural hair growth. Contact the Cedar Park Tru-Skin Dermatology office in Austin today to meet Dr. Gavino and get a personalized treatment plan that restores your self-confidence.