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One of the biggest fears that men have about growing older is wondering if they will lose their hair – and, if they do, how soon will it start. But a big surprise as of late is that many women are also facing this same concern. Gone are the days of hair loss being a male-exclusive problem. So, if both men and women are prone to hair loss, what causes this?

Causes of Hair Loss

Hormones

One of the most common factors of hair loss is due to a change in a person’s hormones. For women, pregnancy takes a big toll on their hormone levels, and one of the side effects of this change is hair loss. In some cases, childbirth may exacerbate this and the hair loss may not improve even years later. Other hormonal changes, such as discontinuing birth control pills or the onset of menopause, can also contribute to hair loss in women.

Medical Conditions

For both men and women, medical conditions can definitely play a roll in hair loss. Some of these conditions include thyroid problems; scalp infections, such as ringworm; skin disorders, such as lupus; and alopecia areata. Alopecia areata can be a frustrating condition because it can cause smooth, round patches of hair loss, which makes hair loss more noticeable in men and women with shorter hair. Certain medications prescribed for cancer treatments, arthritis, depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure are also known to cause hair loss.

Other Causes

Hair loss may also be caused by trauma, such as burns. In addition, hair loss may also be caused from poor nutrition, a physical or emotional shock, such as experiencing a sudden or excessive weight loss or death in the family, or hair-pulling disorder resulting from a mental disorder. Even certain hairstyles, such as pigtails and cornrows that pull the hair too tightly can cause traction hair loss. Hair thinning or loss due to these causes may be able to be reversed by eating a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, iron, and protein; relieving physical and/or emotional stress; seeking treatment for hair-pulling disorder; and changing your hairstyle.

Treatments for Hair Loss

In order to properly treat your hair loss, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced professional who can effectively diagnose the cause for your hair loss and target your particular needs. Options available for treating hair loss wigs and hairpieces; medications, such as Rogaine® or Propecia; and hair replacement surgery.

To learn more about possible causes for your hair loss and the best treatment options available for you, we encourage you to contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Roussalis. To schedule your consultation, please call (307) 234-4585 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Roussalis has years of experience and can help you Let us help you get the head of hair you’ve always wanted.