Women’s Hair Loss

Female hair loss is generally not accepted by society, leaving women with the painful task of suffering in silence.

Unlike men, who typically begin noticing recession in the temporal or vertex areas, women often begin experiencing a thinning pattern in the frontal hair zone, through the mid scalp and back into the vertex. In addition to genetic predisposition, other reasons for hair loss in women are stress, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, illness, and diet.

Research suggests as many as one in four women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Thinning generally persists as a woman grows older, and hair loss typically begins to occur around the age of fifty. The three most common reasons for female hair loss are androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, and alopecia areata.

 


 
 

Alopecia

Like men, female hair loss is most often due to androgenetic alopecia. Genetic predisposition is the primary cause of alopecia, and is typically a result of the body’s conversion of testosterone into dihydrotesterone (DHT).

DHT is a form of testosterone that shortens the growth phase of the hair cycle, causing hair follicles to miniaturize and produce hair that is progressively thinner. The production of DHT is regulated by an enzyme in the body called 5-alpha reductase. As a woman begins to age, the DHT causes a gradual slowing and breakdown of the hair follicles on the scalp. Over time, the lifecycle of the hair shaft is reduced and follicles only produce a fine, unpigmented, vellus hair. As the disorder progresses, the effects of DHT may cause the follicles to completely stop producing hair shafts.

 

Telogen Effluvium

The second leading cause of female hair loss is telogen effluvium, which is a characterized by progressively thinning hair. The disorder is typically a result of a traumatic event that causes massive amounts of stress – enough to interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth. Pregnancy is often a cause of telogen effluvium, since it disrupts the hair cycle.

 

The Only Five Womens Hair Loss Treatments

Female Thinning Hair

1. Accepting it:

Perhaps as an inevitable consequence of growing old, or that there are no other options available.

2. Scalp Treatments:

While there are an increasing number of products on the market that promise to fight hair loss, many are simply bogus. The FDA has approved only three products that have been shown to stop hair loss and re-grow weakened hair.

Hair Loss Treatments

Billions of dollars are spent on products that have no scientific proof of efficacy or are simply a mixture of homeopathic products. Read the labels and do your research before you buy products that can be quite costly.

3. Cover-ups:

Camouflage: There are a variety of products that are widely used to hide the scalp visible on a balding head. With proper hygiene, these products can offer a quick and easy disguise of hair loss.

 

Hairpieces, hair systems, wigs, extensions and the like can offer a very natural appearing alternative to baldness. They can always be removed if a person decides on a more permanent method. Beware of attachment methods of these products that can damage existing hair permanently.

4. Hair Transplantation:

A procedure that has been well refined over the last 20 plus years, hair transplants are simply hair that is moved from one place on the head where the hair is not genetically inclined to be lost and moved to an bald or thinning area.

It is important to realize that although the hair that is moved is permanent, the remaining hair in a balding area must be treated with a preventative method, such as a FDA approved drug or Laser Therapy, to prevent further hair loss. Otherwise, subsequent transplants will most likely be needed.

Additionally, laser hair therapy is now widely used with Rogaine™ and/or Propecia™ and compliments hair transplant surgery procedures for its ability to expedite wound healing and to prevent future hair loss that would require additional hair transplant procedures.

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5. Laser Hair Therapy

 Female Thinning Hair
As we have addressed on this site, LLLHT is the newest and most exciting treatment for weak, damaged or thinning hair. Touted by our own Medical Director, Dr. Brad Kurgis, and many Hair Restoration physicians around the country that have been using this technology, LHT has been described as having three significant benefits not found in other treatments.

 

Without the use of drugs, LHT can help a young woman who is just starting to lose her hair and also women dealing with other female thinning hair problems.

Laser Hair Therapy has helped to ‘fill in’ area of weak thin hair and provide a more healthy environment for someone anticipating a hair transplant. As less of the patients ‘donor’ hair is need for a transplant, the surgery can be completed using less of the person’s resources – donor hair and money!

Laser Hair Therapy has been found to be an amazing tool to increase wound healing time, post surgery, as well as help stimulate new hair growth from a transplant. It can reduce pain, inflammation, swelling and redness following these procedures.

 

Those are the five options for treating hair loss available today – the ONLY five. After really comparing the different treatments you may have found, like many of our current patients, that Laser Hair Therapy is the only real choice for you. To find out which laser Hair Therapy option is right for you please click the treatment options button below to get more information on why Laser Hair Therapy is the best option for you too!

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