Alopecia refers to excessive hair loss from the head or anywhere on the body, and there are several conditions that can cause this to happen.

What are the different types of alopecia?

Alopecia areata, stems from an autoimmune disorder and results in circular areas of hair loss on the scalp and occasionally other parts of the body. With this form of alopecia, the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles and dramatically slows or stops hair production.

Androgenetic, or pattern alopecia, is most often a result of multiple factors including hormones, age and genetics. Androgenetic alopecia is a more permanent form of hair loss, however there are some medications as well as in-office treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma injection that can slow hair loss and encourage new growth.
There are also multiple forms of scarring alopecia. Scarring alopecia covers a range of conditions where hair follicles are destroyed and replaced by scar tissue.

Telogen effluvium is also a common cause of alopecia that can be associated with stress and illness.
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