Contrary to popular belief, both men and women are vulnerable to hair loss. Granted, causes vary depending on gender. For example, men might experience male pattern baldness, a condition that is thought to be driven by over abundance of DHT across the scalp. Over time, hormonal changes leads to complete hair growth cessation. Male pattern baldness affects two-thirds of all males, making it a popular headline in the news. However, women can also experience hair loss. Although it doesn’t occur in such a pattern and is often diffuse throughout the scalp, women may notice thinning areas as they age. An approximate 30 million women suffer from hair loss in the United States alone, so it’s somewhat surprising that female hair loss isn’t a more widely discussed health topic.
While a large number of women in the U.S. suffer from hair loss, treatment is more complicated in females than in males. The traditional transplant method isn’t always a good fit for women because of the way they lose their hair. For men, a definable pattern makes it much easier to identify viable donor and recipient areas. But for women, extracting donor follicles and pin pointing the spots to fill in is much more difficult. Rogaine is another option that is marketed for both men and women, but isn’t always the easiest. Since it’s a topical foam, Rogaine is messy to apply to long hair – a typical style for women. Men can cover their scalp without worrying about drips and messes, but women with long hair are forced to go through strenuous precautions to keep bathrooms free of Rogaine-related spills. Propecia, the prescription hair loss pill, isn’t suitable for women in any case. The active ingredients have not been proven safe during pregnancy. Propecia works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydro-testosterone (DHT), which is the process that has been shown to block hair growth. Male fetuses need DHT to form sex organs, and without it can experience hypospadias. Even handling Propecia can be harmful to pregnant women, so it’s best stored in a safe, cool place if prescribed to a family member, partner, or roommate.
Despite differences in other treatments, laser hair therapy is a proven and effective treatment option that works the same for men as it does for women. It can be used as a standalone treatment, or in conjunction with other treatments including hair transplants, topical treatments, and prescription medicines. Capillus patients engage in low level laser therapy (LLLT) sessions for about 30 minutes every other day, or as otherwise recommended by physician. Some physicians offer the Capillus272 OfficePro at their practice, or patients may treat hair loss at home with the Capillus272 Pro laser cap. At-home use via the Capillus272 Pro boasts pretty significant upsides when compared to other forms of LLLT, including:
To begin treatment with Capillus, visit the following page to find a Capillus physician near you. If you cannot find a physician in your area, call us to learn more about arranging a personalized tele-consultation with a hair loss professional at (888) 272-9599