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A scalp examination is needed in order to determine the problem before any type of hair transplantation procedure can be performed. If the examination indicates that hair loss has occurred for reasons other than male or female pattern baldness other diagnostic measures must be explored to determine whether hair transplantation is the right solution for the problem.

Other Reasons for Hair Loss

  • Thyroid hormone imbalance
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Side effects of certain drugs
  • Anaemia and other systemic illnesses
  • Psychological stress

Hair Pull
When it is not evident why a patient is experiencing hair loss, a hair pull test is usually done to assess the presence or absence of any abnormalities in the hair growth cycle.

Hair Pull Procedure

  • About 25 to 50 hairs are gently pulled from the scalp.
  • The hairs are either clipped or shaved in an area of the scalp and evaluated.
  • Hair should not be easily extracted.
  • An abnormality of hair growth cycling is usually indicated if many hairs are extracted during the procedure.
  • Hair growth is examined for a period of time after.

Biopsy
A biopsy may need to be performed to evaluate the mechanism of hair loss inside the hair follicle.

Hair Shaft Analysis
If a hair shaft abnormality or infection is suspected, hair shafts removed from the scalp are examined. Fungal, bacterial or viral infections can be the cause for hair loss.

A hair analysis may be needed in order to determine the cause and mechanism of a hair shaft abnormality.

After you have been diagnosed you can begin to explore various hair restoration options.

 


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