Society has conditioned us to believe that thinning hair is something that happens to men as they get older. But what about older women? Hair loss can happen to anyone and thinning hair can be a particular problem for older women.
At RHRLI we deal with all types of patients who are looking for solutions to hair loss or thinning hair. The most common type of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia, often called male or female pattern hair loss. It’s a progressive condition that’s usually characterized by a receding hairline in men or thinning hair in women. But there are other conditions that also lead to hair loss. One of these conditions is alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that can cause hair loss all over the body.
At RHRLI we know hair is very important to just about everyone. We work every day with people who are dealing with hair loss and thinning hair and studies have shown that loss of hair can be devastating. One reason for this is that hair is often associated with beauty and some studies even show a relationship between attractiveness and certain types of hairstyles.
At RHRLI, we treat patients who’ve lost their hair for a variety of different reasons. One of the most common causes of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia or male pattern hair loss, which is believed to be caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone which causes hair follicles to shrink. Hair loss can also be caused by things such as emotional or physical stress, infections, or bad reactions to medication.
You’ve probably read or heard a lot about the causes of hair loss and thinning hair or what factors may play into those causes. One topic much discussed in connection with hair loss is testosterone. You might have heard that this hormone directly causes hair loss, while you also may have heard the connection is not so clear.
Many people think of hair loss as something that happens to older men. But in fact, hair loss and thinning hair can happen to both men and women of all ages. There are many factors associated with hair loss in women such as some thyroid conditions or vitamin deficiencies. But one that’s often discussed is the relationship between menopause and thinning hair.