Female hair loss is an issue that affects at least 20% of women.
There are two main categories of Non-genetic hair loss. Anagen Effiuvium and Telogen Effiuvium.
Anagen Effiuvium usually involves chemotherapy or medications know to cause hair loss.
Telogen Effiuvium is the most common and involves an increase in hair follicles which enter into the resting stage. Telogen Effiuvium is commonly caused by:
1. Physical stress, illness, surgery, anemia and rapid weight change.
2. Mental illness, emotional stress, death of some family member.
3. Thyroid abnormalities.
4. Medicines: Excessve dose of blood pressure medicine or Vitamin A spplement.
5. Hormonal causes: Pregnancy, birth control pills, menopause.
Women appear to be more subject to hair loss due to dietary reasons than men. Low iron levels are the common dietary reason women experience hair loss, although other vitamins and minerals
may be involved. Excessive Vitamin A intake can lead to hair loss. It has been reported that Zinc can interfere with Iron absorption as well.
Genetic Hair Loss
Female pattern loss is a genetic predisposition to hair loss caused by an abnormal reaction to hormone levels in both men and women and usually can be only treated by medication.
Alopecia Areata loss is another common form of genetic hair loss. Alopecia Areata causes patchy hair loss all over the scalp. Alopecia may eventually lead to Alopecia Totalis and Universalis, which causes total hair loss on the head and body respectively. Alopecia Areata is often triggered by stressful events. It may reverse itself on its own and through the use of some medications. Stress management is recommend to prevent future occurances.
Female hair loss is difficult to diagnose. Many different conditions and causes can have a similar superficial appearance. A visit to a board certified dermatologist is recommended. They will need to perform a series of tests.
Female Hair Loss Treatments
Currently, the FDA has approved Rogaine as a hair loss treatment that may help to halt/or regrow hair loss to female pattern hair loss.
Treatments for female pattern hair loss is limited. While there are some things that halt hair loss and regrow hair, there are often side effects associated with them as well as risks in case of pregnancy.
Many women will choose a non-surgical hair replacement which includes wigs, hair pieces, and hair additions.
Female Hair Transplants
Female hair transplantation has been an option many women have been turning to recently.
The latest transplant techniques to transplanting one, two or more hairs at a time makes natural results in women possible.
Because women usually experience overall thinning rather than slick bald spots, they achieve the greatest results with hair transplantation since hair has to be added for density rather than a complete bald spot that has to be transplanted. Although good results can be achieved in some women, there are reasons why women also choose not to have transplants. Hair transplantation leaves a small cosmetic scar in the back of the scalp which is covered by the existing hair. Women who do not want any kind of scar, or who plan to have a very short hair cut will want to consider this.
Another consideration is that when transplanting is hairs next to existing hairs, traumatic shock may occur that causes existing hairs to shed. This can cause a person to actually look worse after a procedure than before. The shock loss is usually temporary but since the existing hairs may also be damaged by pattern loss, it is possible they won’t grow back. Because of the potential for shock loss in women, some doctors will not perform transplants in women. If the transplant is performed carefully as not to disturb the existing hairs, than it can be performed with good results.
At Executive Hair Transplant Clinic For Hair Replacement & Hair Loss, women are our patients too. Typically, hair transplants has been viewed as the treatment of male pattern baldness. Yet our advanced technique is equally successful with female patients. After our thorough assessment consultation, we find that most women with thinning hair are excellent candidates for this type of surgery.