Hair Loss

There are many causes of hair loss, including genetics, stress, childbirth, and some diseases and medical treatments. Even the way hair is styled can lead to hair loss. Hair loss can be seen as a gradual thinning, bald patches, or complete baldness.

The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary hair loss, which affects 80 million people in the United States. Often called “male-pattern baldness,” it often affects women too.

Dermatologists can treat many causes of hair loss with medications and procedures. Often the first step in treating hair loss is figuring out the cause.

Also see our Alopecia Areata entry above.

For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at