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Hair Loss Treatments Austin

The vast majority of hair loss is caused by heredity, a factor which is beyond our control. These cases are all considered to be androgenetic alopecia. This, the most common type of hair loss, is also referred to as common baldness, male pattern baldness, and female pattern baldness. Genetics determine the severity of hair loss and age at which this type of hair loss sets in. It is estimated that this type of hair loss accounts for approximately 95-98% of all cases.

Certain medications can cause or contribute to an increase in hair loss. Most people are aware that chemotherapy can cause hair loss, but there are many other drugs that can as well. They include Accutane, Heparin, Coumarin, Clofibrate, Gemfibrizol, Allopurinol, among others. Always talk to your doctor before you stop taking a medication.

Traction Alopecia

Hair loss brought on by tension, pulling, or stress on hair follicles. Wearing hair in tight ponytails, braids, and cornrows can contribute to this condition. Balding men who get hair extensions can inadvertently cause this condition, because of the tension involved in the extending process.

Alopecia Areata

Causes hair loss in spots or patches. It is usually caused by an autoimmune disorder, which causes the body to attack its own follicles. This condition can get progressively worse, and eventually lead to alopecia totalis. Alopecia totalis can cause hair loss over the entire body. If you are losing hair in patches, make sure to see your doctor as soon as possible. It may be caused by medication or other factors, but be sure to see a dermatologist.

Telogen Effluvium

A type of hair loss in which the main symptom is increased rate of hair shedding. Also known as non-scarring alopecia, acute hair loss. Acute telogen effluvium lasts less than 6 months. Chronic telogen effluvium is defined as lasting longer than 6 months.