How to Diagnose Hair Loss in Women NYC - (212) 644-6454 - New York, NY

  • New York Dermatology 30 East 60th Street (Park/Madison) 8th Floor Suite 805 New York, NY
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  • Testing the Degree of a Woman's Hair Loss There are two widely known female hair loss density scales used by most hair loss specialists: the Ludwig Scale and the Savin Scale. 
  • Tests for Hair Loss in Women Hormone levels (DHEA, testosterone, androstenedione, prolactin, follicular stimulating hormone, and leutinizing hormone) Serum iron, serum ferritin, and total iron binding capacity (TIBC) Thyroid levels (T3, T4, TSH) VDRL (a screening test for syphilis) Complete blood count (CBC) Scalp biopsy -- A small section of scalp, usually 4 mm in diameter, is removed and examined under a microscope to help determine the cause of hair loss. 
  • The truth of the matter is that for many patients these tests usually come back with readings within the normal range, but these tests can at the very least eliminate the possibility of certain disorders causing your hair loss. 
  • Normal range is one to three hairs per pull. 
  • In the Savin Scale, shown here, eight crown density images reflect a range from no hair loss to severe hair loss
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