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There is a variety of different factors that could be responsible, and as a highly recognized authority in the field of surgical treatment of hair loss, Dr. Hessler can identify the cause and recommend the right treatment for you. 

The benefits of choosing a cosmetic surgeon for hair loss treatment

When it comes to your hair, you should choose a skilled, experienced surgeon. A surgeon is required to earn a degree in allopathic medicine before they are allowed to have full surgical training, so you know you’ll be well taken care of by a highly educated and trained medical professional when you choose a surgeon for hair loss. A cosmetic surgeon will also have a combination of knowledge in the science and esthetics of hair restoration. 

What can cause hair loss?


This is the main cause of hair loss, and especially affects males (although it does affect 30% of females). Hair follicles are genetically coded at birth, and unfortunately, baldness genes can be passed down from both sides of the family. Genetic baldness is also known as androgenic alopecia or male/female pattern baldness, and is caused by the hormone DHT.

Local and systemic conditions

Hair loss has been associated with a wide variety of medical conditions, such as anemia, nutritional abnormalities, heart disease, high blood pressure, enlarged prostate (in men), diabetes, obesity, some autoimmune diseases, and hypothyroidism.


A variety of medications have been linked to hair loss, including some anti-inflammatories, anti-hypertensives, medications used to treat high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, heart problems, and cancer. Some hormone replacement therapies have also been associated with hair loss.


For women, hair loss can occur when the scalp is damaged by hair weaves and other styles that tightly pull on the hair follicle units.


Trichotillomania is an emotional condition in which an individual compulsively and excessively pulls out their own hair.

Stress and physical changes

Emotional or physical stress can trigger hair thinning. This can include things such as surgery, a death in the family, high fever, significant weight loss, and pregnancy.

Diet and alcohol

Certain diets — especially those that involve very little nutrition — or alcoholism may result in hair loss.

Hormonal changes

In women, a main area that can be affected during menopause and pregnancy is the scalp, where the change in estrogen to testosterone can trigger female pattern thinning. This can also sometimes happen when a woman stops taking a certain type of birth control.

Scalp disorders

Some medical conditions that can cause hair loss include ringworm, fungal infection, folliculitis, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis.

Hessler Plastic Surgery: Center for Hair Restoration

If you’re struggling with hair loss and looking for a solution, contact the Center for Hair Restoration at Hessler Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Jill Hessler is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who is a locally and nationally recognized leader in her field. She trains other medical professionals and teaches at Stanford University, and has appeared in numerous media outlets. Dr. Hessler is dedicated and passionate about achieving the results her patients seek her out for. When you choose to work with her, you are in excellent hands. To schedule a consultation about hair restoration, please contact us today.

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