Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a common condition that interrupts your body’s natural hair growth cycle, eventually leading to hair loss, thinning hair, and even complete baldness. Hair loss can occur because of numerous underlying diseases — Gavino Dermatology offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for hair pathology.
The Natural Hair Growth Cycle
The natural hair growth cycle comprises three phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. During the anagen phase, hair actively grows and can last for several years. The catagen phase is when hair stops growing and separates from its follicle, lasting about 10 days. Lastly, in the telogen phase, the hair falls out, and a new one grows in the same follicle. If a hair follicle is damaged or this cycle is interrupted, hair loss occurs more rapidly.
Hair Pathology & Treatments
Hair pathology and disorders can manifest in various ways and can be caused by several factors. Some common hair disorders include alopecia, telogen effluvium, and hair shaft abnormalities. These conditions can be caused by genetics, hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, and even certain medications. Understanding the underlying causes of hair disorders is crucial in determining the best treatment plan to restore healthy hair.
Anagen effluvium is a condition in which hair follicles are prematurely forced into the telogen phase, leading to excessive hair shedding. The condition is typically caused by exposure to certain chemicals or medications, such as chemotherapy drugs. Anagen effluvium is typically a temporary condition, and hair regrowth can occur once the underlying cause of the condition is addressed. Dermatologists can stimulate hair regrowth with medications.
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Gavino Dermatology is the first and only comprehensive dermatology practice in Liberty Hill. Our practice is led by Dr. Carlo Gavino, a quadruple-board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist with specialized training in diagnosing and managing hair loss disorders. He has worked with some of the world’s foremost experts in hair pathology, including Drs. David Whiting, Len Sperling, Wilma Bergfeld, and Antonella Tosti. Please schedule an appointment to explore your hair loss treatment options in Liberty Hill.