Hello Dr Rassman, I was wondering how you can tell if new hair is growing. I had Telogen Effluvium starting in october or so and it has stopped and i can only see new growth right at my frontal hair line. I am also using retin A and it gets applied around there so im not sure if it is the retin a regrowing the hair or my hair is growing everywhere. IN SHORT: Is it possible to see new hair growth mid scalp amongst long hair.
Also, Im unclear about when people say hair may not regrow from TE. Is this only if the people were going to bald within the next few years, in other words will hair always grow back from TE so long as you have no predisposition to genetic balding .
With telogen effluvium (TE) you will likely regrow the hair, but in some people it may not always grow back to the full thickness you once had. In your case though, you stated that you are seeing new hair growth. So there you go! If you want to see it under a video microscope, these new hairs show up well. Logically if you are seeing short hair growing amongst long hair that would be new hair growing, right? There is no big secret to seeing hairs grow.
With respect to Retin A, I doubt that is causing the hair growth, as it is an irritant.