Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss.
There are several types of Alopecia. When the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out, it’s called alopecia areata. Hair can fall out in patches all over the body. Androgenic alopecia, on the other hand, is a kind of hair loss that’s inherited. Hair on the head thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss.
About 60% of people with androgenic alopecia are men. Now androgenic alopecia in both men and women can be reversed.
Treatment depends on the type of alopecia you have. With many temporary forms of alopecia, the hair will grow back without treatment. For people with alopecia areata, medications, as well as cortisone injections, may help reduce hair loss. Some men with male pattern hair loss may consider surgery, such as hair transplants, scalp reduction, and strip or flap grafts. Dr. Green has created several treatment options including topical application of some products to help retain and potentially regrow one’s loss of hair.