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5 Common Causes of Bald Spots

Hair does more than keep our heads warm—it is a vital part of our appearance and our identity. It's no wonder thinning and bald spots can cause frustration, self-consciousness, and even jealousy.

The good news is help is available. 

At Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California, Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our top-notch team use our unique combination of successful Western medicine and proven holistic treatments to meet all your aesthetic and dermatological needs. 

With over three decades of collective experience and board certification in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, we successfully treat everything from acne and skin cancer to wrinkles, hair loss, and more.

Hair loss

Most people have anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on their heads. We lose 50 to 100 each day, which are typically replaced by new growth. However, when something goes awry with this process, hair loss results.


Almost half of women and over 80% of men suffer from significant hair loss at some point in their lives. For many, this can happen even before they reach middle age. The possible reasons for such hair loss are numerous.


Androgenic alopecia, also known as male-pattern and female-pattern baldness, is the most common reason for hair loss. With men, their hairline recedes, and bald spots may occur while women experience hair that thins along the crown of the scalp.

Hormones and health conditions

Hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can cause hair loss that may be temporary or permanent. Medical issues like thyroid disorders, immune system-related alopecia areata, ringworm infections, and the hair-pulling condition known as trichotillomania can also have an impact.

Medications and treatments

Some medications can result in hair loss such as those for cancer, heart problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and more. Radiation can also be a contributing factor.


A particularly physical or emotional event can lead to the loss of hair several months later. This can be anything from an illness or operation to a divorce or death of a family member or friend.

Hair care

Even just how we treat our hair can result in inadvertent hair loss. Tightly pulled-back styles like pigtails and cornrows can cause problems with the hair follicles. Coloring, perming, or relaxing the hair can also cause damage and loss.


Fortunately, many treatments can help counter hair loss and bald spots. One possibility is using platelet-rich plasma created from your own blood and injected into the scalp to encourage natural hair growth. NeoGraft® with its ability to harvest individual hair follicles and then restore them in balding areas is another option.

If seeing bald spots or thinning hair in the mirror is getting you down, one of our personalized hair restoration treatments may be right for you. Click our request button, or call us at 805-434-2526 today to make an appointment.

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