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Hair Loss

Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology Located in Southwest Austin, TX
Hair Loss

Hair loss is most treatable when addressed early before it progresses. If you’re experiencing hair loss from genetics, stress, or an underlying medical condition, double board-certified dermatologists Chelsey Straight, MD, FAAD, FACMS, and Christopher Chu, MD, FAAD, and the team at Pure Dermatology in Austin, Texas, can create a personalized treatment plan that promotes new growth. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to enjoy thicker, more voluminous hair.

Hair Loss Q & A

What is hair loss?

Hair loss is a substantial reduction in hair volume and growth. It can cause partial or complete loss of hair. Understanding the underlying cause of hair loss is important in promoting new growth. At Pure Dermatology, the experienced dermatologists use the latest diagnostic tools and advanced treatments to add fullness to your hair.


What causes hair loss?

Many factors can increase your risk of hair loss, including:

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out in patches. This disease attacks your hair follicles, which hold each strand in place. Many people lose hair from their scalps, but others experience widespread hair loss that affects their eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair.


Hair growth naturally slows with age as the hair follicles stop producing new hair. As a result, the hair across the scalp and hairline starts to thin and recede.


Stress from a prolonged illness, major life event, or serious infection can cause sudden hair loss. While hair loss from stress is usually temporary, it can become a chronic condition.

Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalances from childbirth, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and menopause can lead to hair loss.

Certain hairstyles, dietary choices, and scalp infections can also lead to hair loss.


How is hair loss treated?

Pure Dermatology offers a multimodality approach to hair-loss treatment that depends on the type of hair loss you are diagnosed with, and may include a wide range of medications, lifestyle changes, and procedures, such as:

  • Oral or injectable corticosteroids
  • Shampoo containing ketoconazole
  • Hormonal treatments
  • Oral supplements
  • Minoxidil
  • Changes to your hair care routine

Limiting exposure to certain chemicals, products, and heat-based devices (blow dryers, straighteners, etc.) may also stimulate hair growth.


Can I prevent hair loss?

While genetic hair loss is usually not curable, there are steps you can take to preserve your hair and even obtain regrowth. These tips include:

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid tugging on your hair when brushing or showering
  • Limit hairstyles that cause tension, such as tight ponytails and braids
  • Limit sun exposure and avoid tanning beds
  • Ask your dermatologist about cooling caps if you undergo chemotherapy

If you’re at risk of hair loss, talk to the team about medications and supplements you can take early to slow the condition’s progression and stimulate regrowth .

Call Pure Dermatology at 512-766-2610 today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about hair loss.