Hair Loss

Every day, it is normal to lose roughly 50-100 hairs.

How does my hair grow?

There are 3 main phases of hair growth:

  1. Anagen – actively growing hair; most hair is in this stage (hair length depends on the duration of anagen)
  2. Catagen – in between phase that lasts 2-3 weeks where the hair growth stops and the follicle shrinks; ~ 1-3% of hair is in this stage
  3. Telogen – resting phase that lasts for 1-4 months; ~ 10% of hair is in this stage

Why am I losing my hair?

Hair loss is multi factorial, meaning that there are many possible factors contributing to your hair loss. Each type of hair loss is unique: some types are caused in part by genetics, others by inflammation, underlying stress, or vitamin deficiencies. Medications can even contribute to hair loss.

When should I come to a dermatologist?

Patients should schedule an appointment with their dermatologist at the first signs of hair loss if possible. The sooner we can evaluate you, the earlier we can start treatment and halt progression.

How long will it take to re-grow my hair?

Hair growth is a very slow process. In the Anagen (growth) phase, hair will grow approximately 1 cm per month. Hair re-growth does not have a solid timeline that is true for all patients.

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