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Can you fix thinning hair?

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Yes. With some treatments, you can slow down or stop hair thinning -- and maybe even grow back some hair you thought was gone forever.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hair Loss: Diagnosis, treatment and outcome," "Hair loss: Who gets and causes."

Avram, M. , March 2007. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy

FDA: "Questions and Answers: Finasteride Label Changes."

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery: "Low Level Laser Therapy."

Linus Pauling Institute: "Biotin."

MedLine Plus: "Minoxidil Topical."

Messenger, A. , 2004. British Journal of Dermatology

Adam Penstein, MD, chief of dermatology, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Lake Success, NY.

Trueb, R. , June 2006. Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hair Loss: Diagnosis, treatment and outcome," "Hair loss: Who gets and causes."

Avram, M. , March 2007. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy

FDA: "Questions and Answers: Finasteride Label Changes."

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery: "Low Level Laser Therapy."

Linus Pauling Institute: "Biotin."

MedLine Plus: "Minoxidil Topical."

Messenger, A. , 2004. British Journal of Dermatology

Adam Penstein, MD, chief of dermatology, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Lake Success, NY.

Trueb, R. , June 2006. Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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