i developed a bald spot virtually overnight, why? (photo)

I have a golf ball shiny bald spot in the right side of the top of my head-what should i do will it regrow

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I developed a bald spot virtually overnight, why?

Differences between “Organic Hair Transplantation” and classical hair transplantation :

A chemical mixture is used in the classical hair transplantation method in order to increase the volume of the scalp. This process helps surgeon to work comfortably however it was observed that these chemicals also harm the scalp tissue. This result in decreased viability of new transplanted hair grafts.

However a mixture containing adipose derived stem cells is injected to the scalp in the “Organic Hair Transplantation” for the same purposes. Injection of this mixture result in rejuvenation of the scalp without causing any harm. Surgeon can also work more comfortably after the injection of the mixture since the volume of the scalp is increased


Alopecia areata

Based on your brief history of “overnight” hair loss in a small limited area of your scalp the most likely diagnosis is alopecia areata, an auto immune disorder.  Alopecia areata can be treated with topical or subcutaneous injections of corticosteroids.  Hair transplant is not advisable into the area of alopecia areata. As long as the active disease is still present, transplanted hairs will succumb to the same fate as the hairs that were originally in the area.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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It would be unlikely the bald spot appeared almost overnight. You may want to see a doctor for an examination

It would be unlikely the bald spot appeared almost overnight.  You may want to see a doctor for an examination to find the diagnosis.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Bald Spot Over Night

This needs formal evalation fortypes of hiar loss, sudden loss could be alopecia areata.  Best, dr emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair loss in the crown area what are the treatment options?

You need to be seen by a hair restoration specialist.  If your hair loss is caused by genetic male pattern hair loss then hair transplant is a great option, you can also start on a medical hair regiment routine to slow down future hair loss.

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Bald spot - overnight

If you truly developed a bald spot overnight, there is only one diagnosis - alopecia areata. Nevertheless, it's important to see a physician for an up close examination.It is not uncommon for patients to have a spot of hair loss that goes unnoticed for a long time. 
However, a spot that develops overnight is only one diagnosis - alopecia areata.

Dermatologist and then Hair Doctor

I consider important that you visit a dermatologist and based on the diagnosis consider visiting a Hair Specialist Doctor to explore the different treatments that can help you get rid of that bald spot.As mentioned before, maybe you didn't noticed that bald spot before and now it just enlarged. It could also be something that your dermatologist can make regrow with a medical treatment.Best of lucks!

William Yates, MD
Buffalo Grove Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Bald spot overnight

You probably did not notice the bald spot before. It must be examined by a doctor to find out what is the cause of the bald area. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Rapid hair loss

You probably has Alopecia Areata which has a very high regrowth rate.  See a Dermatologist as soon as you can and it can be appropriately treated .

Gregory Pistone, MD
Cherry Hill Dermatologist
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