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Hair Loss

Samuel L. Gettler, MD -  - Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology

Advanced Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology

Samuel L. Gettler, MD

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Stamford, CT

Hair loss is common and may develop from any number of factors. Finding the cause of your hair loss can help determine the best treatment. At Advanced Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology in Stamford, Connecticut, Samuel Gettler, MD, can conduct a complete history and physical exam to find the cause of your hair loss to provide the most effective treatment. For expert hair loss care from a board-certified dermatologist, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Hair Loss Q & A

What is hair loss?

Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, is a condition in which you lose more hair than normal from any part of your body. 

A receding hairline, the appearance of a bald spot, or overall hair thinning are signs of hair loss. Hair loss may occur gradually or suddenly and can affect other areas of your body, such as your eyebrows, eyelashes, or beard. 

If you have hair loss, getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan may prevent further loss and even promote new hair growth. 

What causes hair loss?

Hair loss may develop from many causes. Common causes of hair loss include:


Hereditary hair loss is common and affects men and women. This type of hair loss is known as male or female pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. Your genes cause your hair follicles to shrink and stop growing hair. 


Hair growth slows down as you get older, causing thinning or baldness. When treated early, you can take steps to improve the look of your hair.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the hair follicles, causing rapid hair loss. This type of hair loss may affect children, teens, or adults. Treatment can restore hair growth.

Medical treatments and conditions

Certain medical treatments and conditions may trigger hair loss. It may be due to the medication or treatment itself or stress related to the disease. 

Inflammatory conditions leading to hair loss

There are numerous types of inflammatory skin diseases that lead to hair loss, including permanent scarring hair loss, discoid lupus, folliculitis decalvans, lichen planopilaris, and others that require treatment to prevent further hair loss and scarring.

What can I expect during a hair loss consultation?

When you visit Advanced Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology with concerns about hair loss, you can expect a thorough evaluation from Dr. Gettler. He reviews your symptoms, medical history, and family history and conducts a physical exam.

He may also run tests to find the root cause of your hair loss. 

How is hair loss treated?

Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. Dr. Gettler customizes your treatment plan to improve the look and health of your hair.

Regrowing hair takes time, and Dr. Gettler closely monitors the results of your treatment and adjusts your plan as needed.

To discuss treatment options for hair loss, call Advanced Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology or book an appointment online today.