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Your consultation will cover your current health as well as your medical and family history. Your consultation will also include a personal hair analysis utilizing a video hair densitometer. The video hair densitometer measures an individual follicular unit hair density onto a monitoring screen where you can visually differentiate between healthy and thinning follicular units. A strategic course of action will be formulated noting your objectives. The fact is that Dr. Pistone is very confident that he can help you. Now let’s see about making you confident too. Stop in and learn everything there is to know about Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), including Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and how Dr. Pistone can change your life.
INFO You Need To Know
For Women Too
Almost inevitably, as you age, your hair becomes thinner. This is true for most women, as it is for men. At age 20, your hair is thickest. After 20, your hair gradually begins to thin. Sometimes women believe their hair is getting finer when it is actually getting thinner, or they believe that their loss of hair is only a temporary situation. In fact, research shows that almost 40% of women experiencing thinning hair never expected its onset. Thinning hair is a natural part of aging, and is surprisingly common, even among healthy women. But quite often, by the time you’ve even noticed the onset of thinning, you may have already lost 50% of your hair.
The First Step to a Healthy Head of Hair
It is important that women with undiagnosed hair loss be properly evaluated because a woman’s hair loss can be related to underlying medical conditions. The most common of these conditions are:
- Thyroid disease
- Endocrine disorders that produce excess Androgens
- Gynecological conditions
- Connective tissue disease (i.e., Lupus)
- Surgical procedures and general anesthesia
- Rapid weight loss or diets that are not nutritionally balanced
- Severe emotional stress
- Various dermatology problems
Medications can also cause hair loss. The most common ones include:
- Oral contraceptives
- Thyroid medications
- Blood pressure medication such as beta-blockers or water pills
- Mood medications such as Lithium, Prozac, or Tricyclic antidepressants
- Blood thinners such as Heparin or Coumadin
- Cholesterol-lowering medications
- Medications for Gout such as Zyloprim
- Anti-inflammatory drugs such as:
- Cortisone Vitamin A
- Tryptophan in high doses
- Illegal narcotics such as Cocaine
Forecasts The Future
Fine hair can be both a predictor, as well as a consequence of hair thinning. It has been noted that women who are experiencing hair loss tend to have a disproportionately high amount of fine hair before and at the onset of hair loss. In fact, the chance of experiencing hair loss is almost twice as high for women with fine hair as for those with coarse hair.
Hair Diameter Vs. Density
What does it mean to have fine, thin or thick hair? It’s all in the texture. Texture is a combination of the diameter of each strand (fine, medium or coarse), and your hair density, which is the overall number of hairs on your head (thin, normal or thick).
- Fine hair has the smallest diameter per strand, about 50 microns and tends to
be more fragile because of its narrower size and is more prone to breakage
- Medium hair measures between 60-90 microns –– this is the average.
- Coarse hair has the greatest diameter, 100+ microns, and is relatively strong.
- Thin hair means you have less than the average amount of individual hairs on your scalp (approximately 90,000 or less). A reduced density can mean less coverage.
- Normal hair refers to the average number of hairs on the scalp (100,000 hairs is an average density).
- Thick Hair means that you have more than the average amount of hairs on your head (up to 150,000)
The human body contains approximately five million hair follicles while the
scalp (prior to any kind of hair loss) contains 100,000 to150,000 hair follicles.
The normal growth rate of scalp hair is one-fourth to one-half inch per month.
Fiction: Hair loss is inherited from your father.
Fact : Both parent’s genes are a factor.
Fiction: Female pattern hair loss causes abnormal menstruation.
Fact: Menstruation is usually not affected.
Fiction: Extensive hormonal evaluation is required.
Fact: Hormonal evaluation is only required if the patient is also experiencing irregular periods, infertility, hirsutism, cystic acne or virilization.
Fiction: Teasing, using hair color, other products, or frequently washing hair increases hair loss.
Fact: Normal hair care does not affect hair loss.
If you live outside of the area and are unable to see Dr. Pistone for an in-office consultation, we can arrange a “virtual or phone consultation”. If Dr. Pistone takes on your case, we will provide information regarding surgical costs, financing options, as well as next steps.
If you are interested in beginning this process, please complete the form below or contact us. You will be asked to provide a brief description of yourself, your concerns, and your goals in order for Dr. Pistone to determine your candidacy for any surgical procedures.