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This condition is more commonly known as female pattern baldness and is hormonal. Hair starts to fall off when the male sex hormone testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone and starts to attack the hair follicles, rendering them useless and curbing hair growth.
Hair follicle growth occurs in cycles. Each cycle consists of a long growing phase (anagen), a short transitional phase (catagen) and a short resting phase (telogen). At the end of the resting phase, the hair falls out (exogen) and a new hair starts growing in the follicle beginning the cycle again.
Some treatments in development hold particular promise for women. Angela Christiano, a hair geneticist and Columbia University professor of dermatology, is hoping to begin clinical trials in a year or two on a procedure in which she dissects hair-follicle stem cells, grows them in the lab until she has several million, then injects them into the scalp, where, a very small study done with a human skin model has shown, they induce new hairs.
I bought this product a six weeks ago, and have been using it about every other day before I go to bed. A little goes a long way. I just put about a quarter size into the palm of my hand and then one finger to dab and apply to the spot that I want. I didn’t notice anything much at first, but I kept using it regularly. This morning I was in the bathroom putting on my makeup and noticed a new crop of tiny baby hairs had sprouted on the alopecia spot! I am so excited. This REALLY DOES WORK!
In the late 1980s, the standard of care was to take large grafts, plugs of 12 to 20 hairs, and implant them, he says. It would give either a very good or acceptable result. But some men, as they got older and lost some more hair, they got that doll’s-hair or corn-row phenomenon: Little poles of hair jutting out.
Emotional stress is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress, but it can happen, for instance, in the case of divorce, after the death of a loved one, or while caring for an aging parent. More often, though, emotional stress won’t actually precipitate the hair loss. It will exacerbate a problem that’s already there, says Dr. Glashofer.
Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth or the onset of menopause. Hormone levels are also affected by the thyroid gland, so thyroid problems may cause hair loss.
In men, finasteride (originally marketed as Proscar) is approved for hair loss associated with androgens. In one study, 62% of women also taking oral contraceptives containing the synthetic progestin drospirenone reported improvement. So it may be effective for female hair loss in the setting of increased androgen. But studies are limited and it is harmful to the male fetus so should not be used by women thinking about becoming pregnant or who are pregnant.
Scalp biopsy is used when the diagnosis is unsure; a biopsy allows for differing between scarring and nonscarring forms. Hair samples are taken from areas of inflammation, usually around the border of the bald patch.
Now on Finestride, I can visibly feel that the hair strands are getting thicker – so that gives a slight dense appearance (obviously, I can’t expect more than that after week 10, realistically) with the hair-fall completely stopped.
Although hair loss may seem like a more prominent problem in men, women are nearly as likely to lose, or have thinning, hair. Most women notice it in their 50s or 60s, but it can happen at any age and for a variety of reasons.
Scalp reduction is to cut balding scalp out and suture the remaining skin together to reduce the bald area, Kaufman says. After several of these, you have a smaller area to transplant. But you leave a scar that is visible and needs to be transplanted into to be invisible.
Hi, i am a 16 year old that has a high probability of becoming bald due genetics. Due to my father, uncle, grandfather qnd recently my cousins have hairs that are thinning. Even though i have thick hair,i can see that when i was younger i had even thicker and longer hair. Now i see a decrease. I was wondering if this male pattern baldness can be stopped permenently forever? and would i have a chance to grow my hair out really long?
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Hi Sarah, my hair looked perfectly fine until last month when I started noticing that the hair at the very front of my head have started thinning, I made the mistake of trying a lot of chemical styling products. Last week I saw that everytime I sweat,the entire front portion of my hair, (atleast 10% of it) just falls forward, on noticing closely it looks like there are very few follicles at that circular area. I am freaking out. My mother’s side of the family has a long history of hair loss, and my father (52) just discovered that his hair have started receeding too, precisely the place where mine have started. I am just 20, is there no way I can reverse it?
I finally gave in and started taking propecia (1.25mg/day) ~15 weeks ago as Rogaine clearly wasn’t going to stop my hair falling out . . . . .the good thing is that I have had ZERO side affects. In fact it also seemed (so I thought) to stop my hair loss for the first 4 weeks or so. However for the last 6 weeks or so, i have been losing hair faster than ever before. I have read that this common typically between the third and fourth month of taking this. Have you heard anything like that? I hope that is the case and it slows soon. I have continued Rogaine liquid twice a day as well as dandruff shampoo a few times a week.
Thanks. My shedding still hasn’t stopped. Now on month 14 of propecia, + keto + minox. I talked to my Dr about trying DUT . . . he said no given it isn’t FDA approved. But I’m thinking of increasing my dose of propocia from 1.25mg (1/4 of a proscar pill) to 2.5mg (so take half a pill. Anything wrong with doing that???
This is an effective method for those women who are experiencing hair loss post menopause. Although, a bit controversial, this treatment is quite effective in treating the condition. It involves an intake of progesterone and estrogen through pills, patches, and creams. It also helps in easing up other post-menopausal symptoms. It is most often prescribed for pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia.
The advertisements for the treatment of balding and hair loss in men can’t be missed. These ads might lead one to believe that hair loss is generally an issue affecting men. However, the fact is that as many as two-thirds of all women experience hair loss at some point.
Finasteride is the generic name for the brand name drugs Proscar and Propecia. Finasteride was originally developed by Merck as a drug to treat enlarged prostate glands (Proscar). During the trials on men with prostate problems an intriguing side effect of hair growth was observed. Since finasteride had already been approved by the FDA to treat enlarged prostates in men, Merck and Company decided to pursue the possibility of developing finasteride as the first pill to treat male pattern baldness.
Hey Neel, that’s a bit odd. It’s usually the other way around. For most, Finasteride works better for regrowing crown hair than the ‘windows peak’. It may be because you may have been receding on your temples only for the last year, yes. Thanks for sharing your update.
Eat a well-balanced diet that includes quality protein, healthy fats, and green leafy vegetables. Wash your hair every third day. Apply olive or coconut oil hair treatment masks before washing it. You can leave the olive oil treatment overnight. Exercise and trim your hair every 6 to 8 weeks to keep it healthy and strong.
Hair loss is often caused by nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances as a result of conditions like hypothyroidism, medications, and other medical conditions. Talk to a healthcare provider to find out if any of these could be the reason for your hair loss before you try home remedies.