Our hair is a defining feature that plays a vital role in our social lives. One could argue that it’s one of the first things people remember when describing someone. This is one reason why experiencing hair loss can be very traumatic. It feels like you are losing an essential part of your identity. Thankfully, at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (CDDS), Dr. Cheryl Burgess and her team are here to help. They offer insightful information and effective hair loss treatments to help preserve and restore your hair to its full glory.
The clinical term for hair loss is Alopecia. And most cases of Alopecia fall within three categories — Effluviums, Androgenetic Alopecia and alopecia areata.
Our hair grows in three stages and effluvium is hair loss in any of those phases. The most common form is telogen effluvium (TE), which occurs when there’s a significant drop in the follicles that produce new hairs. The result is the occurrence of thinning all over the scalp. TE is often caused by environmental shocks like changes in hormone levels after a physical trauma, crash dieting, surgery, vaccinations or childbirth.
This type is known as male or female pattern baldness and is the most common cause of hair loss, impacting around 40 percent of women and 70 percent of men. The condition causes hereditary hormonally vulnerable hair follicles to shrink. Androgenetic Alopecia usually starts as thinning just above the temples and progresses upward from there. This pattern usually results in a wreath of hair around the sides and back with a prominent bald spot at the top of the scalp.
This autoimmune disorder causes the body to attack your hair follicles mistakenly. AA causes circular bald patches on a person’s scalp. It’s estimated that two out of every 100 people go through AA at some point in life.
The key to halting hair loss is early intervention. Through this, it’s possible to begin reversing the hair loss process while encouraging new growth. It’s important to schedule your appointment with Dr. Burgess the moment you notice thinning. Doing this will minimize the risk of permanent baldness, not to mention the emotional impact. You’ll feel in control as you’re doing something to tackle the problem head-on instead of feeling helpless as the condition gets worse.
And long-term hair loss treatments and strategies not only work but are also more cost-effective than the many unreliable over-the-counter products out there. Also, Dr. Burgess uses her wealth of general medical knowledge to recognize potential health issues that could also trigger hair loss. In some cases, this information can be lifesaving!
Hair loss doesn’t have to be a “fact of life” that you just need to accept. Contact the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and schedule your consultation with Dr. Cheryl Burgess to find the right hair loss solution just for you. Our phone number is (202) 955-5757 and our office is located at 2311 M St. NW, Suite. 504, Washington, DC, 20037.