Schedule an appointment! Sarasota: 941.927.5178, Bradenton: 941.927.5178 | Patient Portal Log-In


It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you are losing signifcantly more hair than this, or if you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing a form of alopecia.

Forms of alopecia

[su_list icon=”icon: angle-double-right”]

    • Heredity hair loss – also called androgenetic alopecia or male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness
      • Most common form of hair loss
      • Usually develops with a widening part in women, and with a receding hair line or “bald spot” in men
  • Telogen effluvium – Self-limited form of hair loss that usually develops 3-6 months after an illness, birth or other major stress to the body
    • Alopecia areata
      • Autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the hair follicle
      • Patches of hair loss can develop on the scalp, eyelashes, or anywhere on the body
      • Occasionally all hair is lost in an otherwise healthy individual
  • Scarring alopecia – rare disorders that cause destruction of the hair follicle
  • Medications and medical conditions  – certain medications and medical conditions including hypothyroidism and anemia can cause hair loss
  • Traction alopecia (from pulling on hair) or other hair styling practices can also lead to hair loss



In addition to an exam of the scalp, blood work and/or a biopsy of the scalp may be performed to help make a diagnosis.


As there are many forms of alopecia, there are many different treatments as well. Depending on the cause of hair loss, one or more of the following may be recommended:

[su_list icon=”icon: angle-double-right”]

  • Minoxidil – a topical medicine that is applied directly to the scalp to stop hair loss and stimulate growth.
  • Biotin – a natural vitamin that may strengthen hair and nails. Recommended dosage is 2500-5000 micrograms (mcg) daily.
  • Corticosteroids – if the cause of hair loss is inflammation, steroids can be injected or applied to the scalp.
  • Finasteride – a prescription pill that is FDA-approved to treat male-pattern baldness by blocking the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) also may stimulate hair growth in patients with alopecia.