What Is Hair Loss?

Everyone loses a little hair each day as a natural part of the hair’s growth cycle, and it grows back in to restore a head of full, healthy hair. However, sometimes hormonal changes, illness, stress, aging, certain medications, or genetics can increase the amount of hair that falls out and interferes with the growth cycle. In these cases, new hair strands won’t always grow back to replace the lost hair. Whether temporary or permanent, hair loss (alopecia) can be distressing for many people.

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Signs of Hair Loss

Hair loss affects both men and women and can emerge gradually or suddenly, temporarily or permanently, depending on the cause. It appears in a variety of patterns that can affect the scalp or body. Some of the common signs of hair loss include:

  • Gradual thinning on the head, receding hairline at the forehead, or broadening of a hair part
  • Patchy or circular bald spots in the eyebrows, scalp, or beard
  • Sudden or temporary hair loosening that causes the hair strands to come out easily in large quantities, usually resulting from emotional or physical stress
  • Temporary full-body hair loss caused by health conditions or medical treatments like chemotherapy

How to Prevent Hair Loss

Some forms of hair loss cannot be prevented, but you can minimize hair loss and maintain healthy hair by taking the following steps:

  • Eat a nutritious diet with a healthy amount of calories, iron, and protein
  • Find effective coping strategies to minimize stress
  • Manage medical conditions that could cause hair loss
  • Try using a cooling cap during chemotherapy treatments
  • Avoid pulling your hair back tightly into certain hairstyles

When to Seek Treatment

Our providers typically recommend that you seek medical treatment if you experience any of the following concerns:

  • Itching, irritation, or burning on your scalp
  • Hair loss on your body, in addition to the scalp
  • Sudden excessive hair loss in large quantities
  • Excessive daily shedding

Hair Loss Treatment Options

Hair loss resulting from hormonal imbalances, diet, medication, or thyroid disease can typically be addressed by correcting the underlying issues. Our medical providers typically recommend the following treatments to help stop other forms of hair loss.


Over-the-counter topical medications can be applied directly to the scalp as a primary course of treatment to address thinning hair. Some prescription medications are also available for men experiencing male pattern baldness.

PRP Hair Restoration

During a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment, the provider will draw your blood and place it into a centrifuge to separate the plasma. They will reinject the platelet-rich plasma back into your scalp to stimulate new hair growth.

Hair Transplant

A hair transplant carefully removes healthy hair strands with the follicle intact from a part of the scalp where your hair is thickest. The hair transplants are then embedded into the scalp to fill the areas where the hair is thinnest.

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Ready to Regain Healthy Hair?

At Skin Care Doctors, we offer PRP hair restoration treatments, a safe and effective hair loss treatment using your very own blood to slow the hair loss process and encourage your scalp to grow new hair strands. Contact our office today to regain a healthy and full head of hair.

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