Not all hair loss is the same. There are many types of hair loss in both men and women and may have a variety of causes. There are a large number of less common or rare hair loss disorders. However, the majority of patients have one (or a combination) or three the these conditions.
Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia)
This condition affects an overwhelming number of both men and women seen for treatment. Also known as Hereditary Hair Loss, it is seen any time after puberty with an increasing incidence with each decade of life.
Telogen Effluvium (Physiologic Shedding)
This condition is seen mostly in women and results when some kind of systemic factor(s) causes an excessive number of hair follicles to stop growing. It may be self-limited, such as after pregnancy or an illness or it may be .persistent due to an ongoing systemic disorder such as anemia or thyroid imbalance.