Hair loss may occur gradually or progress rapidly. It may occur as a generalised thinning or only in one area, which is called focal hair loss. With inherited hair loss (or male pattern baldness), men develop bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head by their twenties or thirties. As hair forms an important part of appearance, significant hair loss can become bothersome and therefore, lead to loss of self-esteem and feeling unattractive, especially in women and teens.
Consult a doctor for hair loss if:
You may wait for a period of time during which you and your doctor observe the symptoms or condition without any treatment and find out if your hair loss is gradual (such as men with male pattern baldness). If, however, your hair loss (even if gradual and mild) is bothersome, discuss with your doctor about treatment options that may slow it or promote hair growth on the scalp. Hair loss due to alopecia areata is self limiting in many cases. Watchful waiting is an option if your doctor diagnoses this as the cause of your hair loss.
Who to consult
Some health professionals, who can be consulted for advice and treatment on hair loss include:
If you need hair transplant surgery, it is usually done by:
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