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Can hair loss from anabolic steroids be reversed? When I was in college I experimented with a couple of cycles of anabolic steroids. As a baseball player most of us used them to compete. Luckily I came to my senses in my senior year and stopped cold turkey. I noticed...

Due to a recent illness, my hair has thinned dramatically, particularly in the front/crown. I am considering my alternatives and wish to know the approximate costs of a hair transplant. Does insurance ever cover the costs because of hair loss from an illness?

My 17 year old daughter was in a car accident about 4 months ago. Thankfully she is recovering well with no permanent injuries, however during the accident her head hit the dashboard of the car causing tremendous bruising. About 2 weeks after the accident all of the hair in that area just began...

I am a 43 year old female with androgenetic alopecia since puberty. I have been using Rogaine for women since but notice now it is not working that good. Please tell me if I can use Rogaine for men instead. And if not why? I am desperate and I am willing...

I am writing because I am wondering what to do for my situation. I am 25 years old with extreme diffuse thinning. Lucky me huh? I think it resembles more female pattern type hair loss and the donor hair, side top everywhere is evenly thinned. I think I’ve done enough re...

My wife keeps telling me that I need a hair transplant so here I am doing some research. Here’s my situation, I am 31 years old and seem to be a 3V on that baldness scale. One of my friends is taking Propecia says it’s great stuff, but I am a...

I have a couple questions about minoxidil. I know the common potencies are 2% and 5%. Why not go higher? I found a website called minoxidil.com that offers with 15% minoxidil. Is this legitimate or just a scam? Has anything over 5% proven to make no more of a difference? – John

My boyfriend has a form of CCCA (Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia) as well as mild Follicutis Keloidalis on the nape of his neck. I am looking to get him the FUE procedure done (Follicle unit extraction) and wanted to know if you guys can deal with or specialize in Afro-caribbean...

Since I was around 14-15 years old I have experienced hair loss, I’m now 17 and still losing hair. I have attempted minor treatments through a clinic, which determined I had male pattern baldness. When I was younger (15-16), the clinic suggested a hair loss treatment, I believe it contained mi...

I’m a 23 year old male who seems to be thinning towards a norwood 5ish pattern. I have taken propecia in both 1mg and .5 mg, but have experienced side effects both times. I use Rogaine 5% foam 2x daily. I’m wondering what my next plan of action should be. Should I ke...

Hello. I am considering getting a hair transplant and I had a few questions. I am a 24 year old male and I began losing hair about 3 years ago immediately after taking the medication Accutane. I have always had very thick hair, but about a month after I started taking Accutane...

I recently had a hair transplant with a very reputable doctor. I am about 3 months into the process post op and have noticed some hair loss in the frontal area. Surgery was easy, recovery excellent, but loss of frontal area is noticeable, in spite of continued use of both Propecia...

If I have a hair transplant for my receding hairline will I look strange if I lose more hair behind it? I have limited funds and do not know if I will be able to afford a second hair transplant if I lose more hair. Is there a way that...

My 9 year old daughter was born with a port wine stain birthmark on the right side of her face between her eye and sideburn area. It was affecting her so we decided to have her undergo laser treatments which were relatively successful in lightening the birthmark, but caused some of...

I am a 44 yr old African American female. I have researched several doctors and institutions that claim they can help me but after viewing the work they have done on others I am skeptical. I have been balding on the sides of my temples for about ten years now. It...

My daughter is currently 16 years old. She started experiencing hair loss when she hit puberty (approximately 11 years old) as well as fairly serious acne. She has had numerous blood tests to check for various hormonal issues, but to date, no definitive diagnosis — everything appears within normal range. Oral contraceptives have gr...

I began to notice my hairline receding about 5 years ago at the age of 24, At the time I just thought it was normal and didn’t think to much about it. I kind of regret that now because my looks have changed a lot and my hair loss is about 2 in...

My 26 year old son has been losing his hair since about the age of 18. Hair loss runs on my side of the family so I feel somewhat responsible for what he is going through. It breaks my heart to see him so unhappy and I would like to help him...

I’d like to start taking Propecia, but I heard that it can cause prostate cancer. Is this true and if so what else can I take to stop my hair loss?

I recently read an article and a guy was losing his hair after an illness, and he asked if his insurance would cover him to get a hair transplant. I don’t think insurance covered him, but my case is different. I’ve been to all types of doctors and I ha...

I have undergone 3 hair transplant procedures and thought that they were successful. However, recently I have noticed further hair loss and am concerned that the hair transplants may not really be working for me, especially since reading that very, very few women are good candidates. It is difficult to tell...

Hair loss in women is a silent epidemic that effects the lives of far more women than is generally recognized by society or medicine. Approximately 40 percent of all hair loss sufferers are women, with a statistically significant percentage of women dealing with hair loss under the age of 30. Contrary to...

I’m 24 years old with what I would consider to be severe hair loss in the front of my scalp. I’ve read that being under 25 might make me too young for a hair transplant. I am currently taking finasteride and have stabilized my hair loss. Am I really too youn...

How long after an FUE hair transplant before a person can – A, shave his head with a razor and B, shave his head with a number 1 or 2 setting? Also, how does HGH affect hair growth and hair loss?

Do I really have to wait until I am 30 or older to have a hair transplant? I’ve been losing my hair for 5 years now since the age of 21 and I’m really unhappy with the way I look with a receding hairline. I keep reading that I’m too young...

I’m 28 years old and my hair loss seems to be isolated to the top top of my head. My hairline is still very thick and has not receded as far as I can tell. After reading information online it seems that having a hair transplant just for the crown at...

I am 22 years old and I have a receding hairline. My father started thinning in the front in his early 50′s and has a pretty decent head of hear. My mom’s father and brothers only experience a receding hairline and never had any hair loss in the crown area. I ha...

My 27 year old sister underwent a hair transplant to lower her hairline. To my knowledge she had no hair loss but just wanted to kind of frame her face better. The hair transplant surgeon who performed the surgery claimed to have done the same type of surgery on many female...

First I would like to thank you for this wonderful resource. I am a 52 year man who has always had very thick hair until the past 5 years or so. I’m starting to get the “going bald” comments and to be honest I do not like the idea of of being...

I had a hair transplant over 14 months ago and I have never been more worried or stressed. I read your article on shock loss and I fear my hair loss may be permanent. I had a full head of hair going into the surgery, just a little thin at the...

How young is too young to have a hair transplant? I am currently 20 years old and have lost about 40% of my hair. I just began taking Propecia which seems to be working for me so I was wondering if it were possible for me to have a hair transplant to...

I’ve noticed that there are a plethora of reasons why a woman would not qualify for a hair transplant, and I am interested in learning what would disqualify a man to receive this procedure?

I had two hair transplants in the late 1990’s that were a complete disaster. Over the years my hair loss has gotten much worse and now the plugs look terrible. I want to get this repaired with today’s new technology but I have to admit that I am a litt...

I am a 54 year old man who has been experiencing hair loss for many years. Using the Norwood scale I would say I am a five. My question concerns how much hair I want replaced. I do not want a full head of hair. In other words, I do not...

I’m 17 yeas old and I’m losing my hair like crazy. I went to my family doctor and he recommended Rogaine, but it is not working for me. What else can I do and should I eventually just go for a hair transplant?

I had a brow lift that left me with a high hairline and some bald spots. I would like to have my hairline lowered about 1/4 inch. I am thinking of a hair transplant. Would this work and would it cause any more bald spots? I am wondering since they would...

How successful are hair transplants in women? – Wanda

I am a female age 64 and had an 800 graft hair replacement done about 5 years ago. Since the thinning on the front and crown has become very noticeable, I wonder if there is any way to tell if these grafts actually worked? I really don’t see any difference. I have re...

I am seriously considering having a hair transplant, but I am very afraid after reading some of the horror stories on the internet. I almost had a hair transplant with Dr. Dominic Brandy but recently found so much bad information about him. When you go in for a consultation everything...

This might seem like a silly question, but can I keep my head shaved to a military cut if I have a hair transplant? I’d like to just lower my hairline to kind of make a shadow where there is currently no hair. I like to wear my hair ve...

Can you provide me with information of Dutasteride?

I have been considering having an FUE hair transplant for almost five years and think that I am about ready to go through with it. I still have a relatively full hair and have only lost about two inches in my hairline which I would like to have restored. I...

Please let me know what you think. I’m 19 years old and had a hair transplant last year with The Hair Club. I think things went well, but I don’t seem to have much more hair than when I started. My doctor said that it’s because I am still...

I have been researching hair transplants for about 3 years and have visited with eight different surgeons and seem to learn something new every time. I am 34 years old and have been losing hair in the front and a little in the crown for 3 years. Since taking Proscar for one year,...

I’ve seen some promising results from the follicular unit hair transplant I received in late February 2009. However, I’m concerned that the Propecia I am taking has been a contributing factor to a recurrence of the mood disorder that I’ve been treated for during the past year. Regardless of whe...

My sister underwent a hair transplant two years ago and is very unhappy with her results. To tell you the truth, to me it looks like she has much less hair than when she started this whole thing. The hair that she has in the front looks kind of artificial...

This is in regards to facial hair restoration. My father could grow a good goatee and moustache, but he had no sideburns. I’ve got that same stupid gene, only a much much worse version of it. I have, for all intents and purposes no hair on the sides of my...

I had a hair transplant done October 08. I had stress hair loss on the upper back portion of my head from consistently wearing bobby pins in the same spot day and night for years. I found a surgeon through a referral from a friend, we decided on 1000 grafts. On the...

What are the chances of having “shock loss” resulting from a hair transplant procedure?

Is shock loss from a hair transplant temporary? I have heard that if you experience shock loss there is a real possibility that this hair will not grow back. Is this true?

Hi, I had a frontal procedure 9 years ago in the UK and as is very common the result is not very good, so I am looking to have another procedure. My hair loss has progressed in 10 years to a Norwood 4, much more in the crown area so I am looking...

I’ve been trying to research my hair restoration options as best as I can, but keep running into conflicting information. I want to have a hair transplant but I an not sure how to get the best hair transplant for the best price. I keep seeing ads on the in...

have been progressively losing my hair for about the past five years, but I am concerned about using propecia because of sexual side effects. I’ve been researching hair transplants but have read that if you have a hair transplant then you have to take propecia to maintain the new ha...

I figure the best way to know what questions to ask a surgeon I may see for possible hair transplant surgery, is to actually ASK a hair transplant surgeon. Can you give me a list of things I should watch out for or be aware of and possible questions to...

I have a question about shock loss and recurrent shedding (I am a woman, age 55). In May of 2002 I underwent a hair transplant of 750 micrografts, mostly on top and in front, some on the crown. After the procedure, I went into a bad shock loss – in addition to losing the or...

I really would like to have a hair transplant, but I’d prefer not to have long scar on the back of my head. My concern is if the back of my hair thins over time that the scar will become visible. Does it make more sense to have FUE as...

I’m Asian, Chinese to be exact, and was curious about any distinct traits of “Asian hair” that may present unique challenges for hair transplant operations. I understand that Asian hair is typically comprised of 1 or 2 follicular units which is the reason the why most Asians have very straight hair. Does t...

had a hair transplant when I was 20 and would prefer now to just have a buzz cut. I have a straight scar in the back of my head that is very thin but if I buzz my head it will definitely be visible. My doctor did not take the extra...

Can you provide a list of possible complications associated with undergoing a hair transplant? For instance the likelihood of getting an infection or any other serous complications. Is this even possible?

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