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What is Hair Loss?

Everyone experiences hair shedding. It is normal to lose approximately 50-100 years a day. Alopecia means hair loss, and there are several different types of hair loss that may occur.


Alopecia Areata: The most common type of hair loss. Patients with Alopecia Areata present with one or multiple round patches of hair loss. This condition is autoimmune mediated, meaning the one’s immune system attacks otherwise healthy hair follicles resulting in hair loss.


Treatments for Alopecia Area available at Desert Sage Dermatology:

  • Intralesional steroid injections
  • Topical steroids


Androgenic Alopecia: Patterned, progressive hair loss that can affect both men and women. In men, hair loss typically begins at on both sides of the temples, or at the vertex of the scalp. In females, hair loss typically presents with diffuse thinning of the crown or retention of the frontal hair line.


Cause of Androgenic Alopecia:

Hair loss occurs as a result of the combined effect of a genetic predisposition, as well as the action of androgen on the hair follicles.


Treatments for Androgenic Alopecia at Desert Sage Dermatology:

  • Topical Minoxidil & Finasteride
  • Oral Minoxidil & Finasteride
  • Spironolcatone
  • PRP injections


Telogen Effluvium: A form of non-scarring alopecia characterized by excessive hair shedding over the entire scalp. In normal circumstances, approximately 90% of one’s hair resides within the anagen, or growth phase, while 10% remains in the telogen, or shedding phase.


Causes of Telogen Effluvium: The premature transition of hair follicles to the telogen phase may be triggered by any acute physical, physiological, or psychological stress.

Examples include:

  • Major surgery
  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy)
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Nutritional deficiency





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