Our hair plays an important role in our overall looks and aesthetic appeal. This is especially true in females where the emotional impact of hair loss can be much more severe as femininity is frequently linked to their hair. Over 30% of females experience some degree of thinning over their lifetimes. Unfortunately, female hair loss does not get the attention that it deserves in the mainstream beauty and cosmetic industry so many females are not aware of all of their options or that they may be a candidate for hair transplantation.
What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
In order to properly treat hair loss, it’s important that we understand the type of hair loss you’re suffering from in order to develop the best treatment plan. During a consultation, we’ll perform an examination and ask you about your medical history to get to the root of your hair loss problem. There are numerous possible factors and conditions that can contribute to hair loss in women. Some of these can include:
Androgenetic Alopecia – Genetic hair loss is inherited from parents/family.
Hormonal Imbalance – Hormonal changes can cause hair loss and need to be stabilized/balanced before moving forward with hair restoration. Examples could include postpartum or postmenopausal states or discontinuing birth control.
Thyroid Condition – A thyroid condition or the associated medications can contribute to hair loss.
Stress – Emotional stress or stress or trauma from a medical operation.
Low Iron – Anemia or low iron can cause hair loss and should be treated by a family physician.
Diet – Healthy hair needs abundant nourishment. Vitamin or Mineral deficiencies and poor nutrition can lead to hair loss.
Traction Alopecia – Hair loss caused by excessive tension on the follicle either with tight braids or heavy locked hair can cause the root to lose its strength and lead to hair loss. Strong chemicals used at salons can also lead to damaged hair follicles.
Medications – Many various common medications can contribute to hair loss.
Hair Loss Patterns
The Ludwig Scale is a guide used to categorize the severity of hair loss for patients experiencing female pattern baldness. Because each patient’s hair loss is unique, not all patients will fall into a specific category of this scale. Some patients in the earlier stages may be newly thinning and benefit from non-surgical solutions in order to meet their goals. Some may have been thinning for many years and may require a hair transplant to meet their goals. It is also possible that someone may not be a candidate for hair transplantation due to advanced hair loss. In these cases, a wig may be a better option as a hair transplant or non-surgical solutions may be insufficient to meet the patient’s goals.
Hair transplantation involves relocating healthy hair follicles from the back and sides of the scalp to the thinning areas on top. There are two different types of hair transplant procedures; Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) strip procedure. The main difference between the two procedures are how the follicles are harvested. Since FUE requires shaving the donor area, most female patients elect to go with the FUT strip procedure.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Hair Loss
Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves drawing the patient’s blood, separating the platelets, and injecting these platelets into the scalp. The platelets have rejuvenating qualities that promote healing and enhance the body’s growth response. When injected into the scalp, PRP promotes natural hair growth. This is a useful option for those who desire hair restoration without the need for surgery.
CapillusRX Laser Cap
The laser cap is an at-home low level laser solution which is safe, effective, and has no known side effects. Since many hair loss medications are not FDA approved for females, this makes the laser cap one of the top options for female hair loss. The Capillus RX Laser Cap is the only cap that we sell because it is best and most powerful cap on the market.
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At St. Louis Hair Restoration, we provide you with the tools you need to regain your hair and revive your life. If you’re interested in learning more about hair restoration options for women, contact our office to schedule your informative consultation today.