Do you find yourself styling your hair differently to try to conceal an increasingly wider part? Do you spend hours fluffing your hair in front of the mirror to give more volume to your thinning hair? Are you afraid of washing and styling your hair too much for fear that more hair will fall out? Do you find more and more hairs on your brush after combing? If so, you are not alone.
Millions of women across the world—over 30 million in the United States alone—battle hair loss and feel unjustly ashamed by it. You don’t have to put up with thinning hair anymore.
Women face a special type of hair loss, so it’s no wonder a unique solution is needed. Unlike male pattern baldness, female hair loss occurs in a more diffuse manner that is sometimes harder to detect. With an estimated 20-30 million women affected by hair loss in the United States alone, physicians are increasingly developing technologies and treatment protocols exclusively designed to help women overcome the personal, social, and professional setbacks caused by this traumatic condition.
Understanding Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss in women can begin at any age, even in teenage years. It may begin slowly and can thin gradually over the scalp at an unnoticeable rate. At times it may be temporary due to a hormonal changes or stress, but other times it could be more permanent, as in cases of hereditary baldness.
In order to effectively restore your hair, it is vital to first understand why hair loss is occurring. Causes of hair loss in women range from genetics to stress, thyroid problems, hormonal changes, traction alopecia, and chemical processing.
Treatment Options for Female Hair Loss
Traditionally, women have had few viable options to reverse the signs of hair loss. The most popular include the following:
- Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is a topical solution that has been prescribed for application twice a day. This is not a very favorable option for many because it only aims to treat the part, and is a messy application process, akin to dying hair at the roots.
- Finasteride (generic name for Propecia®), which is a treatment option for men, is not approved for use by women as it has been shown to cause birth defects in children.
- Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a sound science that has long been used in various medical fields. Today, devices like the Capillus Laser are available to help treat hair loss.
- PRP and Stem Cell Therapy is pain free, simple and quick. First, we start by taking a sample of your blood and then spin it down to extract the (PRP) platelet-rich plasma. Second, we take the PRP and then add stem cells. Then our nurse injector administers the stem cell + PRP injections into the scalp. The entire procedure is quick, lasting one hour. For best results, we recommend at least two treatments within a three to six-month period.
Hair Loss Patterns in Women: Ludwig Classification
Female pattern baldness progresses in a pattern that is very different from men. Balding or thinning hair in women usually occurs over the entire top of the head whereas men lose their hair in isolated areas like the crown and temple. Genetics play a key role in male hair loss. Other precipitating factors such as hormones can be responsible for the loss of hair in women.
The most common cause of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia, which is a hereditary condition. Unlike androgenetic alopecia in men, female pattern baldness rarely results in complete hair loss. Patterns of androgenetic alopecia hair loss in women can vary widely but usually include a diffuse thinning over the entire scalp with variations of areas of more noticeable thinning towards the back, front, and frontal hairline.
Visualize it. Refer to the Ludwig Classification below, a diagram that hair loss professionals use to chart the progression of female pattern baldness.
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