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Hair loss can happen for many reasons. Generally, some are temporary and others are permanent. Some temporary medical causes may be radiation treatment, fungal infections, stress, and chemotherapy drugs. Your mane will resolve as soon as the condition or treatment stops. Invasive forms of loss correction are not needed because the hair will grow back over time.

Some medical causes of hair loss cannot be reversed. Some of these may be due to chronic illness, or a patient may simply prefer to undergo treatment. Here are four medical causes The Hair Loss Recovery has found that results in permanent loss.

Skin Damage

Your hair grows out of follicles located in your skin. Specifically, the base of the follicle is where the root of your hair resides. Your blood vessels feed your roots which is what makes it grow. If there is damage to your scalp, such as very mild abrasions or burns, it can remove the follicles from the skin without damaging the follicle. In these instances the reduction is temporary. There are more extreme forms of damage that cause the area to be replaced with scar tissue. However, this will usually result in permanent hair loss. This damage can be caused by chemical burns from abrasive products, excessively tight styles, or other direct skin damage.

Autoimmune Disorders

Sadly for some, their own body will attack itself. This form of attack is considered an autoimmune disorder. Some forms of autoimmune disorders are rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. One particular form of autoimmune disease causes the body to attack hair follicles directly. This disorder is called Alopecia Areata. People who suffer from Alopecia Areata will experience permanent hair loss.


Most hair loss for men and women is genetic. While the majority is from male pattern baldness, it is a gene inherited from the mother. Women may also suffer from pattern baldness, also inherited from their mother. There is no cure for genetic balding, however, there are hair loss treatments such as restorative surgery that can mitigate hair loss.


Hair loss and growth are largely controlled by hormones. Androgen is the hormone that plays the most important role in hair growth and loss. The gene that controls this hormone also manages other functions in the body for both men and women. When this gene is overgenerated, it can result in hair loss.

Final Thoughts

Several medical causes of permanent hair loss include direct damage to the skin, autoimmune disorders, genetics, and even harsh products. Most cases can be treated with cosmetic replacement or hair transplant surgery. In other cases, options such as wigs or creative styles can be used to help mask troubled areas. If you need help with recovery plans, or if you would like to discuss Thornhill hair loss recovery options, give us a call at (416) 439-4247 for more information.


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