Hair loss (alopecia) and thinning is common among men and women. It can occur as a result of an underlying medical condition, the use of medication or it can occur naturally. Hair loss can have a negative impact on our social lives and general self-confidence. It can also increase the risk of sunburn. While alopecia mainly affects the scalp, it can occur on other parts of the body.
Who does it affect?
Hair loss will affect most of us at some stage in our lives. It can be experienced by men and women of any age, including children, with any colour or type of hair. Pattern balding is very common in men and women and it is estimated that it affects 50% of individuals by the age of 50. It presents differently in men and women due to hormonal and genetic factors.
What causes it?
A variety of factors can trigger hair loss. It can be caused by a natural decrease in hair growth, increased shedding of the hair or another condition which damages or destroys the hair bulb. Similarly, hair loss can be temporary or permanent depending on the cause. Often there are no symptoms for hair loss unless it is caused by an inflammatory skin disease. Triggers such as weight loss, stress and child rearing can result in Telogen hair loss (excessive shedding).
How is hair loss treated?
Depending on the cause of the hair loss, our dermatologists can offer a variety of treatment options and medications to help manage the condition. Fortunately, there are now promising results from clinical trials and treatments that are becoming available for hair loss. For example, the new JAK inhibitors medication.
We work closely with Professor Rod Sinclair from Sinclair Dermatology to get the best outcome for our patients.