There are many different types of hair loss. The most common types of hair loss are androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata, and telogen effluvium. However, there are many other types of hair loss, such as cicatricial alopecia (scarring alopecia), tinea capitis (scalp ringworm), metabolic conditions causing hair loss, and hair shaft abnormalities. It is essential to work with a skilled dermatologist to understand the cause of your alopecia and what treatments may be most helpful for you.
Since most hair loss progresses over time, it is essential for anyone who has noticed thinning hair to work with a dermatologist who is experienced with and has expertise in this condition.
About Women’s Hair Loss
Approximately 50% of women will experience hair loss at some point in their life. While many women notice a change in their hair after menopause, younger women can also develop hair loss. Androgenic alopecia in women is called female pattern baldness. This condition can affect women starting as young as 12 years old. Unlike androgenic alopecia in men, women with this condition tend to have diffuse hair loss throughout their entire head so their scalp is more visible everywhere on their head. However, their frontal hairline remains intact instead of receding, as in male pattern baldness.
When faced with hair loss, many women feel like a piece of their identity is being taken away, and this can greatly affect their self esteem and confidence. Dr. Schultz is dedicated to helping women understand their hair loss and treat it as soon as possible.
The earlier a woman gets expert care for her hair loss, the more likely it is that she will be able to regrow some of the lost hair and especially maintain her existing hair with minimal loss in the future. Telogen effluvium is a common type of hair loss that women experience after stressful events, such as an acute illness, surgery, or even childbirth.
Other types of hair loss can be triggered by anemia, nutritional deficiencies, or metabolic diseases like thyroid disease, making it all the more important for a dermatologist to make an accurate diagnosis.
About Men’s Hair Loss
Men most commonly experience androgenic alopecia, which tends to affect the front and top of the scalp with recession of the frontal hairline at the temples or balding at the crown. This condition can begin to cause a receding hairline and thinning in men in their late teens and early 20s. However, some men may not notice hair loss until they are in their 50s.
Other causes of male hair loss include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, tinea capitis, cicatricial alopecia, hair shaft abnormalities, and more. Many men struggle with their self esteem and confidence both personally and professionally as their hair loss progresses, which is why Dr. Schultz is dedicated to working closely with men to diagnose their hair loss and create a treatment plan.
Diagnosing hair loss in men includes a medical history, physical exam, blood tests, and potentially a scalp biopsy to examine the hair and scalp under a microscope.