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Different Types of Hair Loss


Beyond the Obvious: Different Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a confusing and frustrating experience. But you’re not alone! This guide from Concord Hair Restoration explores the different types of hair loss to help you understand what might be causing yours.

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While most people associate hair loss with a receding hairline, there are actually many reasons why hair might fall out. Understanding the type of hair loss you’re experiencing is the first step towards finding a solution. Here’s a breakdown of some common types:

    • Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disorder causing patchy bald spots on the scalp, beard, or eyebrows. It can be self-limiting and resolve on its own, but sometimes requires steroid injections.
    • Anagen Effluvium: Hair loss caused by aggressive treatments like chemotherapy or radiation. Hair typically grows back after treatment, though it might have a different texture initially.
    • Traction Alopecia: Results from hairstyles that put excessive stress on the hair, like tight ponytails or braids. Changing hairstyles and allowing hair to rest can promote regrowth. In some cases, hair transplantation can be an option.
    • Trichotillomania: A psychological condition where someone pulls out their hair, leading to bald patches. Treating the underlying anxiety or other mental health conditions is crucial. Hair transplantation is not recommended until the compulsive behavior stops.
    • Telogen Effluvium: Temporary hair thinning caused by stress, childbirth, or hormonal changes. Hair usually grows back on its own within a few months.
    • Shock Loss After Surgery: Temporary hair shedding that can occur after hair transplant surgery. This is usually minimal and hair regrowth resumes quickly, often aided by medications.
    • Scarring Alopecia (Cicatricial Alopecia): Permanent hair loss caused by inflammation, infections, or injuries that damage hair follicles. Early diagnosis and treatment by a hair specialist is essential.
    • Medication-Induced Hair Loss: Certain medications, like chemotherapy drugs, can cause hair loss as a side effect. This is usually temporary and hair regrows once the medication is stopped.

Remember, knowledge is power. By understanding the different types of hair loss, you can discuss your concerns with a doctor and explore treatment options tailored to your specific situation.

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We offer consultations with hair loss specialists who can diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of action.

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