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Often deemed to be an exclusively male problem, hair loss in women make up for a significant percentage all around the world.
While female hair loss is increasingly common, many women are not aware that treatment is available and effective and so continue to suffer anxiety and embarrassment in silence. Needless to say, hair is a woman’s crowning glory and a pivotal part of a woman’s face and beauty, thus it is never easy for any women to experience changes that affect the quality—and the quantity of her hair.
Hair loss in women is a serious life-altering condition that shouldn’t be taken lightly and has to detected and treated in the safest possible way. The psychological impact of hair loss can be dramatic for women and many are emotionally affected, even with slight hair thinning.
This is due to the misconception that it’s is uncommon for women to lose their scalp hair—and that hair loss in women is seen to be socially unacceptable.
These misconceptions make coping with hair loss particularly challenging for women. Forty percent of women have visible hair loss by the tine they turn 40. Following onset of menopause, that number climbs even more.
Recognizing the unique needs of women suffering from hair loss, hair transplant Turkey surgeons understand that losing of hair is often a very distressing and personal experience for women.
Female hair transplant Turkey
As with men, many women opt for follicular unit extraction Turkey technique, but slightly modified to suit the unique needs of women’s hair loss condition. A commonly performed hair restoration method is called surgical hairline advancement, which is designed to lower the overly high hairline in a single 90- minute procedure.
The advent of surgical hair transplant techniques—particularly follicular unit extraction—allows many women to enjoy a completely natural hair restoration.
When carried out on a suitable candidate, female hair transplant can yield a dramatic change in a woman’s appearance.
Non-surgical treatment of female hair loss
Treatment of female hair loss is not confined to surgical means of hair restoration; non-surgical hair loss treatments can, too, produce effective results.
Minoxidil 2% solution is a treatment for hair loss for women. As instructed, 20 % minoxidil is specifically designed to stimulate hair growth for patients with recent onset of hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia. Minoxidil is mostly effective in improving hair growth in central areas of the scalp than in frontal regions. Using minoxidil is a lifetime commitment—if stopped, all results of therapy will be rapidly lose over the next 3 to 6 months.
Finasteride has proved effective in slowing male pattern hair loss; it can also be used to treat female pattern hair loss, although it has gained FDA approval for female use. Finasteride is also not recommended for women in their child- bearing years. On the other hand, it can be used successful in post-menopausal women and in women who are unable to conceive for medical causes.
Causes of hair loss in women
There are various causes of hair loss in women including inherited female pattern balding; however medical conditions can also contribute to hair loss, such as low thyroid or iron levels, hormonal imbalances (elevated testosterone), poor diet, and pregnancy.
The most likely factor contributing to female hair loss is androgenetic alopecia—an inherited sensitivity to the effects of male hormones on scalp hair follicles.
Nevertheless, female hair loss usually does not develop into true baldness in the same patterns occurring in men. Patterns of female hair loss can vary significantly in appearance.
Below are the types of patterns of female hair loss:
- Diffuse thinning of hair over the entire scalp: marked by noticeable thinning toward the back of the scalp.
- Diffuse thinning of hair over the entire scalp with obvious thinning toward the front of the scalp, but not affecting the frontal hairline.
- Diffuse thinning of hair over the scalp, with more thinning toward the front of the scalp, breaching the frontal hairline.
Female hair loss suffers often experience miniaturizing hairs of a variable diameter over all the affected areas of the scalp. Although miniaturizing hairs is common in androgenetic alopecia, it may also be a result of other causes and should not be a defining feature when diagnosing androgenetic alopecia. Post-menopausal women, for example, may begin to experience miniaturization, as well.
Non-pattern causes of female hair loss
There are other causes to female hair loss other than androgenetic alopecia. Some of the most common causes include the following:
Trichotillomania—it is a psychological condition where a person feels an intense urge to pull their hair out. The may pull out the hair on the head—or other places—such as their eyebrows or eyelashes. Pulling out hair on the head results in bald patches on the head.
Alopecia Areata — It is a prevalent autoimmune skin disease causing hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss or full body hair loss. Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages, but onset often takes place in childhood.
Telogen Effluvium (TE)—It is the second most common type of hair loss. TE occurs when there is a change in the number of hair follicles growing hair. If the number of hair follicles producing hair drops significantly for any reason during resting, or telogen phase, there will be significant increase in dormant, telogen stage hair follicles. The result is shedding, or TE hair loss.
Scarring Alopecia—Also known as cicatricial alopecia, pertains to a collection of hair loss disorders. While scarring alopecia can manifest in many forms, the common theme is potentially permanent and irreversible damage of hair follicles and their replacement with scar tissue. Scarring alopecia first occur as small patches of hair loss that may progress with time. In other instances, the hair loss is accompanied by itching, burning and pain—and is rapidly progressive.
More and more women have realized that female hair loss is a common hair condition that can be permanently treated—either through hair transplantation or non-surgical medications.
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