Does Hair Loss Always Lead to Balding?

Author: Renato Saltz. MD FACS

Many of us have experienced hair loss at one point in our lives. In some cases hair loss is temporary, and at times it can be permanent. The good news is that you do not have to settle for thinning or balding hair. There are treatments available to help reverse or treat your hair loss so it does not lead to balding.

Causes of Hair Loss

Telogen Effluvium causes temporary hair loss. Reacting to medications or allergic reactions can cause shedding and thinning of hair. In these cases, when you stop the cause of hair loss, your hair may resume its normal growth.

Involutional Alopecia occurs naturally as hair gradually thins with age. More of the hair follicles begin to go into the resting phase, resulting in the remaining hair becoming shorter and fewer in number.

Androgenic Alopecia, or male or female pattern baldness, is a genetic condition. Men can start losing hair as early as their teens. They may notice a receding hairline and hair disappearing from the crown and frontal scalp. Women may notice thinning over the entire scalp in their 40s or later.

Alopecia Areata is a rare autoimmune disorder which starts suddenly in children and young adults and may cause total baldness. 90% of people with this condition will notice their hair returning within a few years.

Alopecia Universalis is another hair loss condition which causes all the body hair to fall out, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

Scarring Alopecias may result in permanent hair loss. Some inflammatory skin conditions or skin disorders can cause scarring of the scalp which destroys the ability of the hair to continue its growth cycle. Sometimes the way you style your hair can contribute to scarring.

There are many causes for temporary or permanent hair loss. It is important to find out why you are losing hair before you decide on the course of treatment.

Treatment Options for Hair Loss

There are different treatment options based on the causes of hair loss. In some cases, removing the trigger can reverse hair loss. In other cases, treating a health condition will do the trick. You may simply need to change your habits or hair-styling techniques. Medication is also available for certain types of hair loss.

If hair loss is too advanced, hair transplant surgery may be required. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is an effective option which involves multiple tiny punch grafts that heal well without leaving any scarring. Single hair follicles are then implanted, leaving you with natural looking hair. You will experience no downtime and minimal discomfort.

Board certified Utah plastic surgeon, Dr. Renato Saltz, has been on the forefront of hair replacement therapy since opening his private practice in 2002. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Saltz taught at the University of Utah before opening his private practice, Saltz Plastic Surgery & Spa Vitoria. President of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), Dr. Saltz specializes in facial rejuvenation, body contouring, breast surgery, and hair restoration.

Dr. Saltz believes in the importance of educating patients about conditions so that they are equipped with the knowledge to make the best decisions for their treatment.

Dr. Renato Saltz is a certified NeoGraft provider who can give you professional advice and guide you to make a decision that is right for you. There is no reason to settle for anything other than healthy, full hair. Dr. Saltz and his team at Saltz Plastic Surgery are here to make thinning hair a thing of the past! To learn more about the NeoGraft procedure call 801-274-9500 or visit

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About Renato Saltz, MD, FACS

Plastic surgeon Renato Saltz, MD, is a board-certified plastic reconstructive surgeon with an interest in cosmetic surgery, specifically in facial rejuvenation, body contouring and breast surgery. His goal is to deliver the best results to patients accompanied by the highest level of attention to detail and service.

Dr. Saltz is President of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

In May, 2002, Dr. Saltz left his eight-year position as Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and the Director of the Summit Plastic Surgery Center at the University of Utah to fulfill a lifelong dream of opening his own plastic surgery clinic – Saltz Plastic Surgery & Spa Vitoria.

Dr. Saltz practiced and taught plastic surgery at the University of Utah Wasatch Clinics, and at the Summit Plastic Surgery Center in Park City from 1994-2002. Previous to working in Utah, he taught and practiced plastic surgery at the Medical College of Georgia from 1990-94. One of the pioneers in endoscopic surgery in the United States, he is the founder of Image Reborn Foundation of Utah, a non-profit local organization dedicated to helping women with breast cancer.