Losing hair is a normal occurrence, and everyone loses about 50-100 hairs a day. When the hair loss becomes excessive and involves lots of thinning or bald patches, then you are experiencing hair loss or alopecia. Most people experience hair loss at one point or another throughout their lifetime. It can be caused by numerous factors including age, genetics, hormones, other medical conditions, medications, and stress.
Hair loss can be divided into 2 forms: scarring and non-scarring. Scarring alopecia is a result of inflammation on the scalp destroying the hair follicles and leading to irreversible hair loss. Fortunately, this is the less common form of alopecia. Non-scarring alopecia doesn’t involve irritation of the skin, even though there may be significant hair loss. There are several types of non-scarring alopecia including:
- Androgenetic alopecia
- Alopecia areata
- Telogen effluvium
- Traumatic alopecia
With early intervention, most causes of hair loss can be stopped or treated. Treatment depends on the underlying condition. Dr. Hayag will go through an extensive medical and family history as well as discuss hairstyle practices, current medications, and diet amongst other things. After that, she formulates the best treatment plan tailored specifically to you.