Female Hair Loss

Female hair loss can be very distressing. It is estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss. The most significant cause of hair loss in women is female-pattern hair loss (FPHL), which affects about one-third of susceptible women, which equals out to some 30 million women in the United States.

The following are various factors that can cause hair loss in women, including:

Hormonal imbalances: Changes in hormone levels, such as during pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, or conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), can contribute to hair loss in women.

Genetic factors: Female pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, can be inherited and is characterized by a gradual thinning of hair, primarily on the top and crown of the head.

Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases (e.g., alopecia areata), scalp infections, and skin conditions like lichen planus, can lead to hair loss in women.

Telogen effluvium: This is a condition where a large number of hair follicles enter the resting phase (telogen) prematurely due to physical or emotional stress, illness, surgery, or significant weight loss. This often results in diffuse hair shedding.

Nutritional deficiencies: Inadequate intake of essential nutrients like iron, zinc, vitamin D, and biotin can affect hair health and contribute to hair loss in women.

Treatment options for female hair loss depend on the underlying cause and may include:

Medications: Topical minoxidil (Rogaine) is an FDA-approved over-the-counter treatment for female pattern hair loss. Finasteride (Propecia), which is primarily prescribed for men, may also be considered in some cases.

Hormone therapy: Hormonal imbalances can be addressed through hormonal treatments, such as birth control pills, spironolactone, or other medications that regulate hormone levels.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: This involves injecting a concentrated solution derived from the patient's blood into the scalp to stimulate hair growth.

Hair transplant surgery: In cases of significant hair loss, hair transplant procedures, such as follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE), can be performed to restore hair in specific areas.

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP): This is a non-invasive procedure where pigments are tattooed onto the scalp to create the appearance of thicker hair.

Lifestyle modifications: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and proper hair care, can contribute to overall hair health.

It's important to consult with a medical professional specializing in hair loss to determine the underlying cause of hair loss and identify the most appropriate treatment options for your specific situation.

BKS Hair Restoration

Bhumik Shah, MD
807 N Haddon Ave, Suite 2
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Phone: (856) 470-1398

 

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