Causes of Hair Loss
Let’s get to the root cause.
The causes of hair loss vary. Our commitment to treating your hair loss is steadfast.
Making sure you know the reason you have less hair is crucial to understanding your health, how best to treat hair loss, and what outcomes you can expect. Below is an overview of some of the main causes of hair loss. When you schedule a free consultation with West+Bond, our expert physicians will explain these causes and solutions in detail as they relate to your unique situation.
We invite you to ask Dr. Harris a question about your unique circumstances. He personally answers all inquiries.
Possible causes of hair loss.
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness, is a very common condition whereby certain follicles are lost due to the influences of your genetics and aging. In men, follicles are sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone type II (DHT2). For women it may be a sensitivity to DHT2, but there are likely other factors involved.
In addition to this common culprit, there are other causes of hair loss, including:
- Surgical procedures and aesthetic procedures (such as face or brow lifts)
- Wearing very tight hairstyles such as corn rows that exert a constant pull on the hair; this is called traction alopecia
Hair loss can also be caused by underlying medical conditions, though this is much less common. It is important that anyone seeking hair restoration be evaluated by a physician to rule out a medical condition. These include:
- Connective Tissue Disease
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Thyroid Disease
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Gynecological Conditions
- Emotional Stress
- Autoimmune Skin Diseases (scarring alopecias)
Furthermore, many women are born with high hairlines. These women are excellent candidates for follicular unit extraction (FUE) and hair transplantation.
The use of some medications can also cause hair loss. These include but are not limited to:
- Oral contraceptives
- Vitamin A
- Thyroid drugs
At West+Bond, our physicians are board certified, highly trained and listen to your concerns. Come on in to our beautiful clinic in Redwood City. We will determine the cause of your hair loss, and how best to restore and transform your hair.