hair loss

overview

Everyone sheds a few strands of hair every day. Hair loss, or balding, simply means that you’re losing more than the normal amount. There are many causes, including:

  • Aging
  • Illness
  • Hormonal changes
  • Heredity (male pattern baldness)
  • Medical treatments, such as chemotherapy
  • Getting too much or not enough of certain vitamins or minerals

treatment options

If you’re experiencing hair loss, your Aurora doctor can discuss available treatment options with you. Some are aimed at treating an underlying condition, like a vitamin deficiency or ringworm. 

If you’ve become bald due to aging or heredity, surgery or medication can help hair regrow. 

Surgical treatments include:

  • Hair transplantation
  • Scalp reduction
  • Tissue expansion
  • Flap surgery

Medical treatments include: 

  • Finasteride (Propecia): a prescription drug to treat male pattern baldness
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine): an over-the-counter solution applied to bald areas of the scalp. Both men and women can use minoxidil, although women should use a lower-strength version. Although minoxidil is available at drugstores, talk to a dermatologist first to make sure you’re a good candidate for treatment. 

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