Hair Disorders and Hair Loss Prevention
Causes of hair loss may include:
- Changes in hormones
- Family history of baldness
- Burns and trauma
- Vitamin deficiencies
Northwestern Medicine specialists offer advanced treatment for hair loss by performing surgical and non-surgical hair replacement procedures, including:
- Hair transplant surgery: In this procedure, the surgeon removes patches of skin containing hair to balding or thinning areas.
- Tissue expansion: Tissue expansion involves hair-bearing skin being stretched to cover balding areas.
- Flap surgery: In this surgery, a portion of balding skin is removed and replaced with a flap of hair-bearing skin.
- Scalp reduction: Sections of bald scalp are removed and the hair-bearing parts of the scalp are pulled together to fill in the area.
- Non-surgical options: Non-surgical treatment options include finasteride, a pill for treating baldness that blocks the enzyme responsible for hair loss, and over-the-counter topical solutions such as minoxidil (Rogaine®).