Maintaining a gorgeous head of healthy, soft and shiny hair is a crowning achievement for any woman.
For some women, however, achieving gorgeous, long hair is simply not a reality. Or, perhaps, these women used to have luscious hair but they have experienced hair loss in recent years.
Luckily, for women who experience hair loss, there are treatment options available that are both safe and effective.
What Is Female Hair Loss?
Hair loss in both men and women is commonly caused by a condition called alopecia. While alopecia causes 80 percent of men to experience hair loss after the age of 40, 40 percent of women will experience hair loss by the time that they reach the same age.
Alopecia is the condition in which hair growth ceases. The average person loses 100 hairs each day. When we are younger, new hairs replace the hairs that we have lost. However, as we get older, our hair stops reproducing. This leads to hair thinning and baldness.
There are three types of alopecia. These are:
Alopecia Areata: Bald patches on the scalp
Alopecia Universalis: Hair loss on the entire body
Alopecia Totalis: Complete loss of hair on the scalp
Other Hair Loss Conditions
While alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss by far, there are other conditions that can result in hair loss. The most two common causes for hair loss besides alopecia are folliculitis and psoriasis, two conditions that cause the scalp to break out in dry, itchy and inflamed patches. These patches interfere with hair growth.
What Causes Hair Loss?
You may notice that your hair begins thinning around the time that you begin menopause. That is because menopause triggers significant hormonal changes in your body that shrink the size of hair follicles, causing hair to fall out at a rapid pace and making it difficult for new hair to grow. Other reasons for hair loss include stress, dietary changes and certain underlying illnesses.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Before receiving treatment, you will have a consultation with our Consultant Trichologist to determine the cause of your hair loss and properly diagnose your condition. This may include blood tests and hair sample tests.
The treatments available are:
Topical Immunotherapy Drugs: This topical medicine is applied to the affected area and should yield results in approximately six months.
Minoxidil: This ointment is applied twice daily to stimulate hair growth.
Corticosteroid injections: A solution is injected into the affected area to stimulate hair growth.
Anthralin: This topical cream is applied to the affected area each day and can yield results in 8-12 weeks.
Psoralen with Ultraviolet A Light: The combination of Psoralen cream and exposure to ultraviolet a light can stimulate hair growth in large areas of baldness.
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If you are a woman who is embarrassed by hair loss, contact us to schedule a consultation and learn about the various treatment options that are available.