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Hair Restoration

Your hair is one of your most attractive features and luxuriant hair is also a sign of good health. Unfortunately, almost two thirds of all American men experience some form of hair loss by the time they turn 35, and this figure increases by the time they turn 50.

Hair loss treatment you can depend on

Hair loss is a problem that affects both men and women. But, the effects of hair loss are more visible and more obvious in men. Male pattern baldness, bald spots, and alopecia are some concerns that affect men around the world. At the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, we have extensive experience treating hair loss in men and women.

Hair growth starts right in the womb and as we grow, our hair becomes longer and thicker. But sometimes, due to unforeseen reasons, we may face extensive hair loss. Thinning hair doesn’t just have a negative physiological effect; it also has a psychological one. People who suffer from hair loss can have lowered self-esteem and may lack the confidence to step out into the world and strive towards their goals.

We have seen patients suffering from hair loss, experience a debilitating effect in their lives as a result. This usually happens when their hair loss is extremely severe. It could be anything from simple hair loss to a severe scalp infection; but when hair loss starts affecting your ability to enjoy life and everyday activities, including work or the ability to function in society, you may need immediate professional help. It is extremely important that you seek medical assistance when hair loss starts to impede your everyday life.

At the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, our team of aesthetic professionals have extensive experience in the field of hair loss treatment. Our knowledge and artistry will ensure that you get the most cutting edge hair loss treatments to regain your confidence.

Why do we lose hair?

The average human head has between 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles and we lose about 100 of these every day. This is a normal amount. To be constituted as a “hair loss problem”, a person needs to lose much more than the normal amount of hair. Medical science has come to learn that hair loss genes are actually passed down from both sides of the family and in fact hair loss genes may also skip generations and are utterly random in terms of which siblings they will affect. They may even have very different effects on siblings within the same family. What causes hair loss for one person may differ entirely from what causes another person’s hair loss, so it is best to not rule out any factors before seeking an expert medical opinion.

Hair loss can occur due to multiple reasons such as:

  • Physical stress
  • Emotional upheaval
  • Hormonal changes due to menstruation or pregnancy
  • Excessive intake of Vitamin A
  • Health concerns like anemia or hypothyroidism
  • Deficiency in Vitamin B
  • Heredity factors
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Usage of harsh hair care products
  • Age
  • Infection
  • Medications
  • Hormone problems

It is important to consult a medical professional, such a board-certified dermatologist, to understand the cause of hair loss. Often, hair loss isn’t as simple as it looks. There may be underlying physiological or psychological issues that may be affecting your hair loss. In fact, it has been noted that stressful life events, such as a divorce, death or serious financial worries for example, can push large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase and increase the chances of hair loss.

However, it must be noted that sporadic hair loss that occurs occasionally, is not a cause for concern. By improving your nutrition and getting in the required hours of rest, you can recover in no time.

But, if you still find yourself experiencing continuous hair loss, hair falling out in clumps, or hair loss in other parts of the body, then it’s best to contact a medical professional for assistance.

Man Dancing With Woman After Receiving Alopecia Treatment For Men

Understanding Alopecia Areata

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder which causes excessive hair loss. It is a disorder where the immune system of the body attacks the hair follicles and this leads to loss of hair.

Alopecia can occur in multiple ways and can impact people in different manners. For example, for some people, hair loss is only temporary and the hair grows back later. For others, although the hair grows back, it won’t live for long and will soon shed.

Whether it be complete baldness everywhere (alopecia totalis), patchy bald spots, thinning, or hair loss confined to certain areas, the result can be a debilitating effect on one’s confidence, morale and general mood. The hair on the rest of the body may not be affected and remains as it is or the condition can affect the entire body and all the hair on the body can fall off.

Types of Alopecia

Alopecia Areata Totalis: Alopecia Areata is a condition where the hair on the head falls out suddenly and leaves large bald patches. When the hair loss involves the entire head and leads to complete baldness, it is called Alopecia Areata Totalis.

Involutional Alopecia: This is a condition where hair loss occurs due to age. There is a constant, but mild shedding. This may be a cause for concern if you are still in your teens or middle age and you experience intense hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium: Telogen Effluvium is probably the second most common form of hair loss dermatologists see. Here, the hair loss is temporary and occurs due to changes in the hair growth cycle. Your hair follows a strict schedule of growth, shedding, and regrowth. If this cycle is disrupted, due to any factor, such as physical or mental stress, environmental factors, hormones, medications, you may notice a sudden loss of hair. The good news is, generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months

Androgenic Alopecia: This is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is also called male-pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, beginning above both temples. Over time, the hairline recedes to form a characteristic “M” shape. Hair also thins at the crown (near the top of the head), often progressing to partial or total baldness.

When this pattern occurs in woman it is called Female Pattern hair loss. The pattern of hair loss in women differs from men. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede. Women with Androgenic Alopecia rarely experience total baldness.

Trichotillomania: A medical condition usually seen in children and teenagers, it is characterized by an intense desire to tear out one’s own hair. This requires both dermatological and psychological attention. It’s important to note that Trichotillomania can often result in scarring and skin damage to the scalp. Dermatological care can be sought to reduce the appearance of these scars.

Scarring Alopecias: Here, the hair loss occurs due to inflammatory skin conditions or skin disorders. The skin on the scalp forms scars and lesions, destroying the scalp’s ability to grow hair. A whole range of dermatological treatments, such as laser treatment, medication, and minimally-invasive surgery can correct the skin and help in improving the hair growth.

Alopecia Universalis: Here, the hair loss occurs all over the body, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, armpits, chest, and pubic hair. Usually, no treatment can permanently reverse this change. However, with focused treatment, you may be able to stimulate hair growth for a temporary period of time.

Hair you can be proud of

Hair loss can seem like a highly daunting condition. But, with the right treatment, you can regain your hair and happiness. At the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, it is our number one priority to provide you with the superior-quality and timely care you need.

We will ensure that we understand your condition, goals and needs and then create a personalized treatment plan for you. Feel free to call us or schedule online and one of our office staff will get in touch with you shortly.


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