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Hair Loss Facts

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Currently the FDA has only approved two non-surgical hair loss pharmacological treatments and one non-invasive hair loss treatment. The two drugs are finasteride, most common as Propecia® and minoxidil, most common as Rogaine®. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the only other FDA approved method of reducing and reversing hair loss.

  • There is a difference in hair loss and male and female pattern baldness.  Most hair loss is normal and temporary. A combination of hormones and genetic factors are responsible for male and female pattern baldness (hair loss).
  • More than half of men and women in the United States experience hair loss. Forty percent of all women have female pattern hair loss by the age of 40, and 50% of all men by the age of 50.  About 30% of people have hair loss by age 30 years, and about 50% have hair loss by age 50 years.
  • Male pattern hair loss is caused by DHT (Di-Hydro Testosterone), and female pattern baldness is caused by a variety of hormones including DHT.
  • Angrogen is a steroid hormone that is responsible for body hair and to a large extent is what is transmuted into DHT.
  • Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow.
  • Typically, 50 to 100 hairs fall out everyday normally. These dead hair follicles are called “club hairs.”
  • A typical scalp contains 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles.
  • Hair grows at an average of one-fourth to one and a half inches per month.
  • Blondes have the greatest number of scalp follicles followed by brunettes. Redheads have the fewest number of scalp follicles.
  • Many drugs (both recreational and prescribed) and chemicals can cause hair loss and accelerate male or female pattern baldness or hair loss.
  • Thyroid imbalance and iron deficiency are reversible causes for hair loss and should NOT be confused with male or female patterned baldness.
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