This hair loss question was answered by Dr. Sharon Keene of AZ, an elite member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians.
Since the birth of my son in 2005, my hair has been progressively getting thinner. Hair loss started 3 months after his birth and has continued since. I am only 29 years old. I do notice some new hair growth, but it appears to get thinner each time until hair regrowth no longer continues. My mother is has thinning hair that is getting worse in the front and and on the crown of her head. My dad is bald except for the sides and back of his head.
My 16 year old brother is already experiencing hair loss in the center and back of his head. I have been bothered by this for some time, watching it happen right before my eyes. It’s really starting to take a toll on my self confidence. My options on how i wear my hair are now limited to pinning it up or a ponytail. My balding is very noticeable in the center, especially in the front. Although my hair all over has become thinner, I am determined to be proactive in fighting it before it gets the best of me. what are the best hair loss treatment options available to me? Thank you for your time in reading and responding to this.
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The first thing I would recommend is a dermatology evaluation to determine if there is a treatable cause for your hair loss. While some thinning hair is caused by genetics, there are other causes such as hormone imbalance, thyroid disease, heavy metal poisoning (lead, arsenic, mercury), some medications (including some birth control pills), skin conditions, to name a few.
Topical minoxidil (marketed as Rogaine) is helpful for women with androgenetic alopecia. Your first step is a correct diagnosis, and if you have insurance they will likely have a recommendation for who you need to have evaluate you. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Dr. Sharon Keene, MD