Hair Loss Diagnosis and Analysis

Hair Loss Diagnosis Before recommending or performing a hair restoration procedure, a hair restoration doctor will conduct a scalp examination to determine the cause of hair loss. If the examination indicates that hair loss may be due to a condition other than male or female pattern baldness, the physician will seek the cause with other diagnostic measures. In some cases an underlying condition may have to be treated before hair restoration is undertaken. Hair Pull A hair pull is a diagnostic procedure used in virtually every patient with a complaint of unexplained hair loss, to assess the presence or absence of any abnormalities in the hair growth cycle. About 25 to 50 hairs are removed from the scalp by a series of gentle hair pulls. Normally only a few hairs are dislodged with each pull. When more are removed the possibility of an abnormality of hair growth cycling is indicated; the ends of the pulled-out hairs may be examined under a microscope to evaluate the condition of the hair shaft and the bulb (the end of the hair shaft extracted from the hair follicle). Variations of the hair pull are the phototrichogram and hair window: Phototrichogram— hairs are clipped or shaved in an area of the scalp and consecutive photographs taken over a period of 3 to 5 days to determine the pattern of hair growth. Hair window— hairs are clipped or shaved in an area of the scalp and hair growth is evaluated over the next 3 to 30 days. Abnormalities of hair growth cycling is a relatively uncommon cause of hair loss but may occur at any age. Underlying causes of these abnormalities include thyroid hormone imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, side effects of certain drugs, anemia and other systemic illness, and psychological stress. Continue reading Hair Loss Diagnosis and Analysis

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