Hair loss may often be portrayed or seen as a man's problem, but hair loss in women is a reality, and not uncommon. By some estimates, about 40 percent of the people suffering from hair loss in the United States are women. Female hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, but they all lead to the same thing: panic and frustration as hair continues to disappear.
The team at Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration works with every patient to determine the cause of the problem and to create a hair loss treatment path for women to restore not only hair, but also confidence. Hair loss in women may be temporary or permanent, but it doesn't have to be suffered through alone or without hope.
Before deciding on any particular hair loss treatment, women should first work with a doctor to determine the reason their hair is thinning. At the Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration, we spend time with our patients to educate them about the process of hair loss and investigate the unique cause in each individual case.
A healthy woman will typically lose up to 140 hairs per day. Every hair follicle follows a cycle of growth during which, at a certain point, it ejects the hair shaft and enters a temporary resting period. The follicle remains viable throughout this phase and will grow another hair soon.
The most common cause of treatable hair loss in women is androgenic alopecia, also called "female pattern hair loss." While hereditary hair loss tends to manifest as bald spots and a receding hairline in men, hereditary hair loss in women generally appears as overall thinning hair on the top and sides of the head. Often the actual hairline will remain dense, and thinning hair in women will start one to two centimeters behind the hairline. Hereditary hair loss can present early in life, but often begins around the time of menopause
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When large numbers of hair follicles enter the resting phase, resulting in widespread hair thinning, this is known as telogen effluvium. If this occurs, women can lose up to 400 hairs or more in a day. Telogen effluvium can be due to multiple causes, commonly including physical stress (acute illness, chronic illness, emotional stress); hormonal fluctuations, especially around pregnancy; significant diet changes; and side effects from medications. The good news is that this form of hair loss in women is often completely reversible, but getting a diagnosis is an important step in figuring out what to do next in terms of hair loss treatment. Women may find that their specific problem is due to:
Clearly hair loss in women can have a complex origin. It is essential that each patient identify the reason for her thinning hair before even considering hair restoration surgery.
Once a cause is identified, the Lieberman & Parikh team will be happy to talk about hair loss treatment options for women looking to restore their appearance. A thorough discussion at the consultation stage will help our doctors determine possible causes. In certain circumstances, hair restoration surgery is not the best treatment option for hair loss in women, and non-surgical intervention, such as a change in diet or further blood tests, could be the key to restoring a woman's hair.
If classic female pattern hair loss is found, our doctors will spend time discussing all of the medical and surgical hair loss treatment options available for women. These options range from topical therapy such as minoxidil; to a new, innovative treatment using platelet-rich plasma and microneedling; to cutting-edge hair restoration surgery using the latest techniques in follicular unit extraction.
Progressive hair loss can be a devastating change for any woman, impacting self confidence and general well being. Our goals are to educate each patient who comes in the door about hair loss, to offer guidance and expertise to help make a diagnosis, and to provide the most advanced and effective hair loss treatments for women to restore a youthful and natural head of hair.
Learn more about hair loss in women, as well as the tests and treatments available, at Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration. Call (650) 327-3232 or arrange for a consultation to find out what can be done about female hair loss.