Hair Loss in Women – Causes & Treatment
For the majority of women, all around the world, their hair is far from being a crowning glory for them while becoming a bane of their life. Losing hair while taking a morning shower or giving a blow dry or a quick brush or making any hairstyle is normal and happens with every woman. According to Francesca Fusco, MD, NYC Dermatologist, on an average, we lose around 50-100 hairs in one day as these hairs are going through the growth cycles and new hairs replace the lost ones. But when a woman starts losing more hair than these or experiencing thinning hair problem or patchy hair loss, it is worth concerning.
Millions of American women are experiencing the problem of hair loss caused by various reasons. In the United States, August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month to highlight the hair loss condition that is causing dramatic and distressing emotions in the patients affecting their self-confidence and overall appearance. Fortunately, various treatments are available for hair loss and these are recommended by the dermatologists and plastic surgeons according to the underlying cause of the hair loss. Among these treatments, PRP hair restoration for women is a promising treatment to safely and effectively restore hair as well as self-confidence.
Here, are the common causes and treatments of hair loss in women:
Alopecia Areata is the major cause of hair loss and it is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system of the body attacks its own cells of the hair follicles instead of any viruses or bacteria. According to National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), about 7 million people in America have affected with this condition. It occurs in both men and women but it’s more common among women. The cause is still unknown but the condition may trigger with illness or stress.
Symptoms: The symptoms of alopecia areata occur in three different forms:
- Round patches of baldness on the scalp
- Total loss of hair on the head, which is called as alopecia totalis
- Loss of hair from the whole body, which is called as alopecia universalis
Patients may experience irritation or tingling in the area before the bald patch occurs.
Hair loss in women
Treatment: The treatment options available for alopecia areata include cortisone injections injected directly on the bald patches, also topical cortisone including Minoxidil (Rogaine) and anthralin cream is recommended for the treatment. More researchers are developing new creams and pills that are based on JAK inhibitors (a class of compounds) and these are designed specifically to treat alopecia areata. According to NAAF, clinical trials are in progress to see how much these medications are safe and effective.
Age-Related Hair Loss:
The condition of age-related hair loss is also called as female pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. About half of the women over the age of 50 years experience some thinning of their hair that gradually leads to showing their scalp. Majority of the women after a certain age experience this problem.
Hormonal imbalance plays an important role in the female pattern baldness. When women reach to their perimenopause and menopause, the balance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone begins to change. The extra release of testosterone around the hair follicle causes a decrease in the hair thickness and increase in the hair shedding.
Treatment: In order to maintain a decrease in hair shedding, the doctors usually recommend an over-the-counter topical medication called Minoxidil (Rogaine).
Another recently advanced treatment method to use for hair re-growth is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Restoration treatment that is a non-invasive, safe, comfortable and most effective option to regain the lost hair and to slow down the progress of thinning hair. The PRP procedure involves drawing a patient’s own blood, separating concentrated platelets from the blood and re-injecting these platelets into the affected areas on the scalp. The results are visible as new, thick and dense hair grows within 4-6 months and that continues over the period of 12-15 months.
Genetic/Hereditary Hair Loss:
The condition of genetic hair loss is also called as androgenetic alopecia and is one of the common causes of hair loss. You can inherit the gene from mother or grandmother and the risk is even high if your mother and father had the hair loss problem.
Symptoms: Women experiencing this problem develop hair thinning at the hairline at the back of the hair bangs. This condition develops gradually and starts at the 20s or 30s.
Treatment: Minoxidil (Rogaine) can be applied on the affected scalp twice a day but women should take this medicine with doctor’s recommendations because it can cause side effects. Those women who are pregnant shouldn’t take it.
Telogen Effluvium is a condition in which large amount of hair sheds everyday more often during shampooing, brushing or styling. The condition usually occurs after pregnancy, any major surgery, extreme stress or weight loss or as a side effect of certain medications such as beta-blockers, anti-depressants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During this condition, the hair shifts much faster from growth phase to resting phase and then it quickly moves into the shedding phase.
Symptoms: When telogen effluvium becomes severe, a woman loses a handful of hairs. The symptoms of this condition usually occur within six weeks to three months after pregnancy, surgery, stressful event or weight loss.
Treatment: If the hair loss is due to surgery or pregnancy, the patient must bide her time until the hair loss process slows. If hair loss is caused by medication, the patient should talk to the doctor about changing the medicine or lowering its dosage. If the stress is the main reason, do everything you can to reduce stress.
For all those women who are experiencing hair loss whether it is due to any reason, don’t wait for the time when it slows down on its own and consult a professional dermatologist or plastic surgeon. The condition of the hair not only affects your appearance and looks; it is a significant health indicator.
We, at Laser Klinic are here to help you and provide you the best solution for the hair loss. The determined team of plastic surgeons provides the best PRP Hair Restoration treatment in NYC that gives you those beautiful looks that you truly want.