A balding younger man examines his receding hairline in a mirror.
From subtle thinning to significant bald patches, hair loss affects both men and women.. At Valley View Dermatology, we offer advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, aiming to restore and rejuvenate your hair.

About the condition

What is hair loss?

Hair loss, medically termed as alopecia, is a condition where one experiences a noticeable reduction in hair density on the scalp or other parts of the body. Every individual loses around 50 to 100 hairs daily, but when this number significantly increases or when hair doesn’t regrow, it becomes a concern. Hair loss can vary from a single bald patch to complete baldness.

Hair loss can manifest in several forms:

  • Androgenic Alopecia: Commonly referred to as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. It’s usually characterized by a receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown in men, and thinning hair along the parting line in women.
  • Alopecia Areata: Sudden hair loss resulting in round bald patches.
  • Telogen Effluvium: Temporary hair thinning over the scalp due to changes in the growth cycle.

What causes hair loss?

Several factors can lead to hair loss, including:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Hormonal changes (such as in pregnancy or menopause)
  • Medical conditions (like thyroid disease)
  • Medications and supplements
  • Stress or traumatic events
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hair treatments and styles that pull on the hair

When should I see a dermatologist about hair loss?

While occasional hair shedding is standard, if you notice excessive hair loss or bald patches, it’s essential to consult a dermatologist. Early intervention can lead to more effective treatment and prevent further hair loss. At Valley View Dermatology, our team of experts provides specialized care to diagnose the underlying cause and offer tailored solutions.


Diagnosis and treatment options for hair loss

During your first visit, our experienced providers will examine your hair, scalp, and possibly take a hair sample to understand the root cause of the hair loss. Based on the findings, a customized treatment plan is designed. We proudly offer several state-of-the-art treatments for hair loss:


One of the most commonly prescribed treatments, Minoxidil can be taken as either an oral or topical solution for hair loss. It helps prolong the hair’s growth phase, leading to thicker and longer hair strands over time. It’s suitable for both men and women experiencing hereditary hair loss or thinning. However, it’s more effective when used in the early stages of hair loss.


A key player in the fight against male pattern baldness, Finasteride is an oral prescription medication that targets the hormonal pathway implicated in hair loss. By inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone responsible for hair thinning, Finasteride can slow hair loss and even promote hair regrowth in some individuals. Primarily prescribed for men, its continuous use is necessary to maintain and maximize results.

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Start your hair restoration journey with Valley View Dermatology today.

Call 971-374-2150