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What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a broad term for hair loss or balding. It can happen anywhere on the body and be caused by a number of different things, including genetics, aging, disease, medications, or environmental factors.
Additionally, alopecia can be temporary or permanent. And depending on the cause, it can occur gradually or all at once.
Losing hair on a regular basis is something most people experience in their everyday lives. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatologists, 50 to 100 strands of hair per day is considered normal hair shedding. However, if you’ve been noticing more hair falling out of your head than usual and it’s beginning to worry you, it might be time to visit a board-certified dermatologist.
Keep reading to learn more about hair loss and alopecia, what amount of hair loss is abnormal, what causes it, and what hair loss treatments our dermatologists recommend to patients at The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington.
Hair Loss & Alopecia FAQs
Read our dermatologists’ answers to frequently asked questions about hair loss below, and contact us to schedule an appointment with our board-certified dermatologists for hair loss treatment.
Hair loss can occur anywhere on the body. However, the most common area that men and women experience hair loss is the scalp.
For men, hair loss typically presents itself as a receding hairline or balding on the top of the scalp, while women often experience hair loss as the widening of the hair part or on the top of the scalp.
Yes, certain illnesses and diseases can cause hair loss. For instance, certain autoimmune diseases, inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, infections (such as ringworm), or thyroid disease can cause hair loss in men and women.
At the Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington, our board-certified dermatologists recommend these hair loss treatments:
- Minoxidil (Rogaine)
- Finasteride (Propecia)
- Laser Therapy
- Hair Transplant Surgery
- Lifestyle Recommendations
In many cases, we use a combination of the hair loss treatments above to achieve the best results. To learn more about how we address hair loss in patients, get in touch with our team of experienced dermatologists today.
Hair Loss & Alopecia Photos
Take a look at the visuals below to get a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of alopecia and hair loss. If you have any other questions about this common condition, please get in touch with our board-certified dermatologists today.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Hair Loss in Wilmington, NC
Are you interested in treating your hair loss or alopecia symptoms? At The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington, our board-certified dermatologists are passionate about helping our patients overcome hair loss and restore their natural hair growth.