Female Hair loss causes and treatment
First things first, don’t panic.Thinning hair and hair loss can be particularly distressing for women, and can have a significant impact on emotional well-being, confidence and self-esteem. But you’re not alone. Read more from the hair transplant and hair restorations experts here in Harley Street London.
There are numerous causes for hair loss in women and understanding the cause of your hair loss is the first step in your restorative hair journey. and We’re here to support you every step of the way. Together let’s take a look at the common causes of hair loss and the treatments available.
On average we shed up to 100 hairs a day. If you notice a significant increase in the amount of hair shed or if hair is coming out it is important to consider changes what may have triggered this?
Hair loss is a common effect of thyroid disease. Women in the advance stages of hyperthyroidism (overactive) or hypothyroidism (underactive) tend to experience hair loss over the entire scalp.
Malnutrition – following extended periods of illness or as a result of an eating disorder also manifests as hair loss. This due to lack in essential vitamins and iron. Similarly, those whose immune system has been impaired following physical trauma, an operation or undergoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy are also susceptible to hair loss.
Hormones are the key components in hair loss. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a by product of the male hormone testosterone. It is the main trigger for hair loss. Women with higher than normal levels of testosterone due to polycystic ovaries or the menopause may notice hair thinning.
It is also common for women to notice hair loss after giving birth. During pregnancy, women experience a surge in oestrogen, which results in increased hair growth. However, following childbirth, hormone levels return to normal. Testosterone diminishes your now more-luxurious-than-normal-locks.
Androgenetic alopecia – also known as female pattern hair loss – is the most common form of progressive hair loss. It is caused by genetic and hormonal factors affecting the growth cycle of the hair. Hair follicles become progressively smaller producing shorter, thinner and lighter in colour, until the follicle shrinks altogether. It is then no longer able to produce hair.
Female pattern hair loss occurs in the midline of the scalp, creating a Christmas tree pattern on the middle parting on the hair. It is dependant an individual’s genetics and therefore can differ in severity from woman to woman.
Stress and anxiety can trigger hair loss. It is therefore no surprise that elevated levels of stress and anxiety can lead to people literally pulling their hair out. An imbalance in your mental well-being can also be reflected in changes in sleep patterns and diet, all contributing to hair loss.
Crash dieting, use of performance-enhancing steroids, smoking and alcohol can result in hair loss. Similarly, repeated traction from styling places undue stress on your tresses and on hair follicles, resulting in thinning and hair loss.
Thankfully there are also numerous treatments for hair loss, both surgical and non-surgical:
Non-surgical treatments can be used to treat alopecia as well as prevent further hair loss. For example, Monoxodil can be applied to the scalp daily to stabilise hair loss.
Thyroid disease, iron deficiency and polycystic ovaries can cause hair thinning and shedding.
Low-level laser therapy is also a option for treating hair loss. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses light technology to stimulate hair follicles and helps hair grow.
Finally, it is important to assess and address your diet. Hair is made up of protein so it is essential to fuel your body and your hair with protein-rich foods. In particular, animal proteins are rich in Vitamin B12, iron and vitamin D are essential for red blood cells which in turn promote healthy hair. Taken in conjunction with a healthy diet, vitamin and mineral supplements can also support hair growth. Read more about non surgical treatments here.
Hair transplant surgery is becoming increasingly common for men, but is also an option for women, and a safe one.
At Malkani Hair Institute we offer Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) transplant – a minimally invasive form of surgery.This involves the grafting of healthy hair follicles naturally occurring on the head onto the bald area under local anaesthesia. The procedure takes place in a day and recovery is fast, helping you get back to your normal self. To find out more about male and female hair loss treatments visit our page here.
With all treatments – whether surgical or non-surgical, including taking medication and supplements, it is important to undergo a thorough consultation with your doctor. Find out more about our treatments for female hair loss and restoration.
The Clinic Manager
Malkani Hair Restoration Institute, Hair Transplant Clinic London Harley Street.