A Simple Option for Treating Hair Loss.
Do you find yourself styling your hair differently to try to conceal an increasingly wider part? Do you spend hours fluffing your hair in front of the mirror to give more volume to your thinning hair? Are you afraid of washing and styling your hair too much for fear that more hair will fall out? Do you find more and more hairs on your brush after combing? You are not alone. Millions of women across the world, over 30 million in the United States alone, battle hair loss and feel unjustly ashamed by it.
You don’t have to put up with thinning hair anymore. There are many ways to deal with your hair loss. Capillus connects hair loss sufferers to the top hair restoration specialists in the world for evaluation and treatment. Our network of physicians offer the best and most viable options for women to address their thinning hair. Low-level light therapy (LLLT) provides an alternative for women battling hair thinning that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive, and efficient to use.
Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss in women can begin at any age, even in teenage years, and is not as easy to detect initially as that of men. It may begin slowly and can thin gradually over the scalp at an unnoticeable rate - until it is unfortunately, no longer unnoticeable. At times it may be temporary due to a hormonal changes or stress, but other times it could be more permanent, as in cases of hereditary baldness.
Causes of hair loss in women range from heredity to stress, thyroid problems, hormonal changes, traction to chemical processing. It is important to identify why you may be losing hair and to address how you can go about restoring your hair.
We urge women to consult with a physician specializing in hair restoration for evaluation and diagnosis. Once an underlying illness is ruled out, in most cases, hair restoration physicians will recommend low-level light therapy as a favorable option for women.
Treatment Options for Hair Loss in Women
Traditionally, women have had few options for treating hair loss. These include the following:
- Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is a topical solution that has been prescribed for application twice a day. This is not a very favorable option for many because it only aims to treat the part, and is a messy application process, akin to dying hair at the roots.
- Finasteride (generic name for Propecia®), which is a treatment option for men, is not approved for use by women as it has been shown to cause birth defects in children.
Hair Loss Patterns in Women
The most common cause of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia, which is a hereditary condition, but unlike androgenetic alopecia in men, patterns of this type of hair loss in women rarely result in complete baldness. Patterns of androgenetic alopecia hair loss in women can vary widely but usually include a diffuse thinning over the entire scalp with variations of areas of more noticeable thinning towards the back, front, and frontal hairline.
Although androgenetic alopecia (click to see female pattern baldness) is the most common pattern of hair loss, not all women's hair loss conforms to a pattern.