Hair Loss in Women

How can we treat Hair Loss in women?

Treating Hair Loss for Women through Hair Transplant

Women suffer from balding and hair thinning just as men do, although the percentage of those affected is typically lower than their male counterparts. It’s normal for people to lose between 50-100 hairs each day, but when excessive hair loss for women leads to a broader part and more visible scalp, they often suffer emotionally and socially thus start looking for options like hair transplant. If you’re one of the millions of females experiencing genetic, androgenic alopecia, you are not alone.

We tend to associate pattern baldness with men more than women. That’s because hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, affects up to 80% of men in their lifetimes. That said, women account for at least 40% of the clients that we treat. Many of these begin to notice the acceleration of shedding after pregnancy or during menopause.

Because it’s a less commonly known issue, we find that women shy away from discussing baldness or hair transplant procedures. Most who choose this restoration procedure value their privacy and above all, want to keep the surgery recovery discrete.

With today’s advances in hair transplant technology, you’ll never have to divulge your secret to anyone if you don’t want to. Women are under much pressure to look their best, with a specific focus on their hair. As a result, many desire shiny, healthy hair because it symbolizes beauty and is seen universally as attractive. In a society less willing to talk openly about female hair loss, women tend to suffer alone, sometimes resulting in depression which affects their daily life.

Thankfully, more awareness about women losing hair and scientific advancements mean they can have the same success and natural-looking results as men.

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Hair Growth Cycle

  • Three phases of growth cycle: The three stages of human hair growth are anagen, catagen and telogen. Anagen is known as the “growth” phase and can last up to 8 years. It accounts for 90% of the hair you see on the scalp at any given time. In the Catagen phase, the hair follicle shrinks, and this lasts between 2-3 weeks. The Telogen phase comes last and allows the follicle to rest for a few months.
  • 90% of hair is growing at any point, and only 10% of our hair shrinks or ‘rest’ every day. It is entirely normal for people to experience hairs shedding. However, strands left on a brush, in the shower, or on your clothes can be concerning. Genetic hair loss in women develops in a more diffuse pattern, so they’ll tend to see thinning occur equally everywhere on the scalp. Eventually, their temples, hairline, and the part at the crown will show more scalp, yet the hairline doesn’t usually recede.

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Hair Loss and Family History

Unfortunately, thinning hair can be tied to relatives who also experienced balding. Follicles will usually shrink over time as they are affected by DHT ( dihydrotestosterone) which is an endogenous androgen hormone and sex steroid. Just like with men, women see their hairs become thinner, wispier and eventually gone. Looking at the scalp with a microscope shows that hair follicles can vary in size and demonstrate this genetic predisposition.

When you see a hair transplant surgeon for a consultation, they’ll assess your scalp. Hair follicles which are the same size, in the presence of sudden shedding, are likely related to medical causes. These may include medication, stress or a health concern. The medical term for this temporary, dramatic hair loss is Telogen effluvium. It’s caused by temporary triggers, and the good news is, once the underlying cause is treated, hair usually grows back.

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Female Hair Loss and Hormones

Hormones fluctuations can lead to some issues for women, including telogen effluvium. If you’re a woman experiencing a hormonal imbalance, it is essential to discuss this in detail with your hair specialist to figure out what your hair restoration needs are. For those who shed much hair after pregnancy, the strands usually grow back within a year.

Lifestyle factors like deprivation dieting can also lead to immediate hair fallout, as can trauma, stress and surgery. Your in-depth consultation will help to rule out treatable, medical causes.

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Women’s Hair Loss and Health

Certain medical conditions can be connected to sudden thinning of the hair and eventual hair loss for women. When you come into our clinic, your specialist will discuss your overall health to narrow down the source of your hair changes. A dysfunctional thyroid is one cause for balding and thinning of your hair. Where your overall health is concerned, your hair transplant surgeon will refer you to see a primary care physician.

Iron deficiency is also be linked to thinning hair. Our medical experts will advise you about healthy lifestyle and diet changes that can help nourish hair growth and discuss possible vitamin deficiencies with you.

Hereditary pattern hair loss in women requires permanent, surgical intervention to restore hair, but maintaining healthy locks after your procedure means staying healthy and nourishing the scalp.

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The FUE Procedure

Treatment Facts:

  • The procedure does not require women to shave off their hair completely. Your FUE surgeon will lift hair out of the way, sectioning off treatment and donor areas. The donor site where the follicular unit extraction device gathers follicles from will be carefully harvested to leave no visible spaces.
  • The entire procedure is pain-free due to local anaesthetic and superficial, micro-incisions. During the process, patients rest in a reclined position, listening to music or watching television. The entire session will take roughly 6 – 8 hours depending on the extent of your treatment.
  • Most patients can resume their typical day to day activities such as washing their hair within a few days of the transplant.
  • The FUE system uses tiny, a-traumatic punches to remove microcylinders of scalp containing little bunches of follicles- often between 1-3 hairs. These are placed through a small slit in the scalp between the existing hairs in the recipient area. These small openings that were created are roughly 0.9-1.0 mm in diameter and can heal within a few days.
  • Women with hair loss can fill in, thicken and restore their hair just as men do. Today’s advanced procedures make it possible to revive hair without the need to shave or cause scarring. To learn more about your personal options, call for a free consultation today.

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The FUE process is an advanced next-generation hair transplant micro-surgery. Click on the steps to get a simplified overview. For more details particular to your case, please consult with our doctor.

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