Hair loss in Women

Hair loss is not restricted to men; women suffer hair loss too. However, women use their hairstyles to reduce the appearance of any noticeable hair loss. A high percentage of women who experience hair loss seek no advice from a doctor or a hair specialist as to the cause of the hair loss. Talking to a hair stylist is not good enough if you are experiencing hair loss, it is important to check there are no medical reasons that are contributing to the increase in hair falling out.

One of the main causes of hair loss in women is genetic female pattern hair loss; another name is androgenetic alopecia. This can affect a person from as early as their late teens to much further in adult hood. It doesn’t present itself as a typical case of receding hairline or a patch on the top with no hair, but a complete thinning of the amount of hair follicles.

Often the hair thinning is noticeable in the person’s parting, or in the reduction in the amount of hair in a ponytail, including the overall length of the hair.

This type of baldness is miniaturization, due to the hair shaft not growing for long before going into the shedding phase. They are often no longer than hair found on the arm.

There are ways in which you can treat this condition; you don’t have to suffer in silence, feeling afraid and silly for mentioning an increase in the amount of hair that is falling out is not a waste of the doctors time, it could prevent further loss and even an answer to the cause.

An FDA approved medication for women must contain minoxidil with a strength of 2% or 5%. It is better suited to women to get the lower dose medication because the 5% has more tendency for growing facial hair too and this isn’t an acceptable hair growth for any woman.

This product works by increasing the length of the cycle before the shedding. What is important to consider is the cost, you must apply the lotion twice a day for at least six months before you will notice any regrowth.

Talking to a hair specialist At Katona Hair Restoration, could recommend other treatments that will met your needs including the option of a hair transplant; while many would think this an expensive option. The cost of putting minoxidil lotion on the hair twice a day, until you decide that going bald is acceptable, is also very expensive.

Therefore, if you have noticed an increase in the amount of hair you have lost then it is important to check out your health to ensure there are no other medical conditions for the hair loss. A deficiency in iron will see an increase in the amount of hair falling out, increase in iron, normally in the form of tablets prescribed by your doctor and this will improve the hair quality.

Hair loss is not a condition that is easy to deal with, it can affect how a person feels and talking through these concerns is an important part of any treatment plan.

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Hair Loss Women

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Hair loss in women can be a difficult subject to broach. While it’s true everybody loses around one hundred hairs a day there are a variety of conditions that can lead to accelerated hair loss in both men and women. As a society we expect a fairly large proportion of men to suffer from hair loss at some point in their lives but we are less knowledgeable about and accepting of female hair loss. Most people for example, are familiar with the term male pattern baldness but less so with the genetic condition androgenic alopecia that underlies it and even fewer of us realize that this condition can also affect women.

Other conditions that can lead to hair loss in both women and men are alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes large-scale patchy shedding and can lead to hair loss in areas other than the scalp. This condition affects around 2% of the population at any time and the hair often regrows at a later date. Telogen effluvium is the term for the kind of general hair-shedding which affects us all but this process can become accelerated in some due to stress, certain medications or hormone activity.

A visit to a GP should help pinpoint the particular causes underlying female hair loss and help signpost the next steps in improving hair appearance and regaining self-confidence. If a diagnosis of androgenic alopecia, or female pattern baldness, is given it is probably a good idea to seek a consultation with a hair restoration surgeon who can take you through the non-surgical and surgical procedures that are available to combat female hair loss.

The good news is that female pattern baldness generally tends to be less severe than its male counterpart and hormonal treatments as well as other non-surgical procedures such as laser cap therapy or Minoxidil can be very successful in treating this condition. If you are at all concerned about what you consider to be excessive loss, please consult your GP as soon as possible as the sooner a condition like androgenic alopecia is diagnosed the better the more likelihood there is of stopping further hair loss.