How to Detect Balding

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While you might detect early signs of thinning hair on your own, the most thorough way to detect balding is through a microscopic evaluation called miniaturization studying. Find out how this diagnostic procedure works in this free video on receding hairlines and baldness.

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I'm Dr. Parsa Mohebi with US Hair Restoration. I will be discussing how to detect baldness. If you're a man with early stages of hair loss, the very first symptoms might be receding hairline, or thinning throughout the top of the scalp, or the front, or crown. Most people might feel that the texture of hair gets a little bit finer. So, the best thing is to go find a good hair transplant surgeon, and be evaluated through a microscopic evaluation. We call it miniaturization studying. We use a microscope to look at different areas of the scalp. So, basically, we look at the back of the scalp, and look at the donor hair, which is more better quality, more permanent hair. And then, look at the recipient area, or the area that is balding, and look at the percentage of thinning, or miniaturization. If anyone has more than 20 percent of fine hair, or miniaturized hair at any area, that means he or she has active hair loss. So, in order to do that, I use the microscope on the donor area, and evaluate the thickness of hair. The same thing with the front, corners, top, and crown areas. And, that will give me a good understanding of the miniaturization level of somebody's hair. That way, if my patient needs treatment with medication, I know when to start, or whether or not I'm start. Or, if he or she needs hair transplant surgery, I know which areas needs to be restored, rather than just limiting my hair restoration area to the obvious balding area, I go in between the areas that I predict patients are going to lose in the future. I'm Dr. Parsa Mohebi with US Hair Restoration, and that was how to detect baldness.

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