I am an 18 year old female. I have been noticing that for the past year or so my hair has begun to thin. (Photos)
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Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride, Spironolactone
There are many good options to treat your hair thinning
Hello. I understand how stressful it is to be loosing hair. Specially being a female.
For what I see I will recommend that you consider a treatment to reduce the speed/stop your hair from thinning. Treatments such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is proven to be very effective and will help your hair regain its healthy look and density. Keep in mind that the use of non surgical treatments is to be continued for life in order to be effective and to avoid going back to hair loss or thinning.
A consultation will be ideal to detect the exact problem and look for the best possible solution.
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Female hair loss
- Growth phase (Anagen phase) which lasts anywhere from 2 to 6 years. This is the phase where your hair is actively growing at approximately 10cm per year. 85% of hair is at this phase at any given time.
- Transitional phase (Catagen phase) which lasts about 2 weeks. This is the phase where the hair follicle shrinks and prepares to enter the resting phase.
- Resting phase (Telogen phase) which lasts about 1-6 months. This is the phase where hair does not grow, but stays attached to the follicle. Some hairs are shed at this phase, but at the end the hair follicle re-enters the growth phase to start the cycle over again. 10-15% of hairs are at this phase at any given time.
- Sex Hormone tests
- SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) used to test status of male hormones
- Estradiol is a sex hormone
- FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) *not hair follicle but follicle in the ovary*
- LH (Luteinizing Hormone) is a sex hormone
- Free Testosterone
- Total Testosterone
- ANA (Anti Nuclear Antibody) used to test for Lupus or other autoimmune diseases
- TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) used to test for hyper or hypo-thyroid disease
- Test Iron status
- TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity)
Depending upon candidacy there are several efficacious hair loss treatments available. We offer non surgical PRP, or platelet rich plasma injections which have the potential to increase hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles in both male and females, Capillus laser therapy which can increase hair volume by up to 20% while preventing future hair loss, as well as topical treatments. My goal as a hair restoration surgeon is to work closely with my patients to determine what is causing their hair loss and what is best treatment option for their individual need and long term goals. What is of utmost importance is a good examination of the scalp to determine the cause of hair loss. While androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss, other etiologies must be ruled out, specifically one of the alopecias. Occasionally, a scalp biopsy is necessary to make the proper diagnosis and therefore, provide the best treatment options. I encourage you to see a hair loss surgeon or dermatologist in your area to have your hair loss evaluated.
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