We Can Help Women Experiencing Hair Loss with our Advanced Techniques
While hair loss seems to be an issue prevalent in men, it is an issue that affects both genders and therefore some search for hair restoration treatments for women. In fact, women make up 40% of all Americans who suffer from hair loss, according to the American Hair Loss Association. This stat highlights the necessity for effective hair restoration techniques for women who experience different forms of hair loss.
Many women experience loss of thinning of their hair because of androgenetic alopecia, or male/female pattern hair loss. Others may go through this problem because of issues such as hormonal changes, discontinuation of birth control, gynecological conditions, certain medications, physical trauma, stress, and many other reasons.
Hair loss can occur in women in many different ways, including the following:
- Recession of the hairline
- Hair loss at the frontal part of the scalp
- Diffuse hair loss (or reduced volume due to loss all over the scalp)
What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL), or androgenetic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in women. It is characterized by diffuse thinning of hair on the scalp due to increased hair shedding or a reduction in hair volume, or both. Approximately, 40% of women by age 50 show evidence of hair loss and less than 45% of women make it to the age of 80 with a full head of hair.
Hair thinning in women is different from that of male pattern baldness. In female pattern baldness, hair thins mainly on the top and crown of the scalp. It usually starts with a widening through the center hair part and the severity may vary. The front hairline remains largely unaffected. The hair loss rarely progresses to total or near total baldness, as it may in men. Itching or skin sores on the scalp are not usually seen.
What Are The Causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss?
FPHL has a strong genetic predisposition. There are multiple genes involved that may be inherited from either or both parents. Genetic testing to assess the risk of balding is currently not recommended because of its unreliable nature in this circumstance. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of the male hormone testosterone, has been implicated in androgenetic alopecia.
Testosterone, a hormone which women also produce in small amounts, is converted to DHT facilitated by the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, which is found in a hair follicle’s oil glands. Scientists believe that the true problem is the level of DHT binding to receptors in scalp follicles which then results in the shrinkage of hair follicles.
The process of testosterone converting to DHT, which then harms hair follicles, occurs in both men and women. Under normal circumstances, women have a small fraction of the level of testosterone that men have, but even a lower level can cause DHT- induced hair loss in women. When those levels rise, DHT is a bigger problem. Those levels can rise and still be within what is considered “normal” on a blood test, even though they are high enough to adversely affect hair follicles.
Is it Painful to Have a Hair Restoration Treatment?
The robotic FUE technique that we employ is associated with minimal to no pain or discomfort. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure, along with a mild oral sedative, which provides the necessary comfort for this minimally invasive procedure. The vast majority of patients never need any form of narcotics. In contrast, an FUT or “strip surgery” is associated with significantly more pain and discomfort that can last for a number of days following the procedure, and most likely will require narcotics to help provide some relief.
Is Women’s Hair Loss Different From Men’s?
Hair loss in women presents quite differently from the more easily recognizable male pattern baldness. Men’s hair loss usually begins with a receding frontal hairline that progresses to a bald area on top of the head. It is very uncommon for women to lose their hair in a similar pattern to men unless there is excessive production of male hormones (androgens) in the body. With female pattern baldness, hair thins mainly on the top and crown of the scalp while the hairline essentially remains intact.
Can Medications Cause Hair Loss in Women?
There are a number of medications that can cause hair loss by interfering with the normal hair growth cycle. These include:
- Acne medications
- Antibiotics and antifungal medications
- Oral contraceptives
- Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
- Cholesterol-lowering medications
- Immunosuppressant medications
- Chemotherapy medications
- Epilepsy medications (anticonvulsants)
- High blood pressure medications (antihypertensives)
- Hormone replacement therapy – estrogen or progesterone for women
- Mood stabilizers
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
- Parkinson’s disease medications
- Thyroid medications
How Does a Hair Restoration Treatment in Women Compare to Procedures in Men?
The actual surgical procedure is performed in essentially the same manner, whether by FUT or FUE, in men and women.
Restoring Your Hair with a Hair Transplant Procedure
At our center, our hair transplant system can benefit the lives of women who are suffering from hair loss and hair thinning. This physician-assisted system allows us to perform minimally invasive follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures that allow for less scarring, faster recovery times, and natural-looking hair growth. The result is natural hair with more volume that you can show off with confidence. If you are a woman who would like to restore the fullness of your hair, make sure you speak with someone from our Long Island robotic hair restoration center!
Schedule a free consultation so we can show you how you could benefit from one of our Long Island hair restoration procedures. Call our office now at (516) 605-1545! And remember, we can come to you.