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What are the most common causes of hair loss?

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Hormone imbalance or thyroid conditions
  • Stress
  • Iron deficiency
  • Certain medications and supplements
  • Medical conditions such as alopecia

Family history is the most common cause of hair loss. Usually occurring gradually with aging and in predictable patterns of a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women. A variety of hormone and thyroid issues can cause hair loss. As a starting point, hair loss experts recommend testing for thyroid conditions and hormone imbalances to determine if this is the cause. Other hormonal changes include pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

Elevated stress can cause the hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and enter into a resting phase. In most cases the hair loss is temporary and the hair soon recovers. However in some cases the hair loss continues until the underlying cause is removed.

Certain drugs and medications can cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of scalp hair growth. We recommend patients bring their full list of medications with them.

It is important to seek medical guidance to ensure that hair loss is not a sign of a more serious hormonal or metabolic disorder. A board certified physician can provide the appropriate guidance for supplements, medications, topical therapies and minimally invasive procedures such as Neograft/PRP that can treat this common condition. You don’t have to settle for hair loss. Together with the correct provider you can create an individualized plan to correct hair loss.

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