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Hair Loss Causes - Women

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Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia)

The most common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern alopecia or baldness. This is seen as thinning predominantly over the top and sides of the head. It affects approximately one-third of all susceptible women, but is most commonly seen after menopause, although it may begin as early as puberty. Normal hair fall is approximately 100-125 hairs per day. Fortunately, these are replaced. True hair loss occurs when lost hairs are not regrown or when the daily hair shed exceeds 125. Genetically, hair loss can come from either parents side of the family.

There are two different types of hair loss, medically known as Anagen Effluvium and Telogen Effluvium. Anagen Effluvium is generally due to internally administered medications, such as chemotherapy agents, that poison the growing hair follicle. Telogen Effluvium, is due to an increased number of hair follicles entering the resting stage.

The most common causes of telogen effluvium are:

  • Physical stress: surgery, illness, anemia, rapid weight change.
  • Emotional stress: mental illness, death of a family member.
  • Thyroid abnormalities.
  • Medications: High doses of Vitamin A, Blood pressure and Gout medications.
  • Hormonal causes: pregnancy, birth control pills, menopause.

Diet Considerations

Hair loss may also occur due to dieting. Franchised diet programs which are designed or administered under the direction of a physician with prescribed meals, dietary supplements and vitamin ingestion have become popular. Sometimes the client is told that vitamins are a necessary part of the program to prevent hair loss associated with dieting. From a hair loss specialist’s standpoint, however, the vitamins cannot prevent hair loss associated with rapid, significant weight loss. Furthermore, many of these supplements are high in vitamin A which can magnify the hair loss.

Physical and Emotional Stress

Surgeries, severe illnesses, and emotional stress can cause hair loss. The body simply shuts down production of hair during periods of stress since it is not necessary for survival and instead devotes its energies toward repairing vital body structures. In many cases there is a three month delay between the actual event and the onset of hair loss. Furthermore, there may be another three month delay prior to the return of noticeable hair regrowth. This then means that the total hair loss and regrowth cycle can last 6 months or possibly longer when induced by physical or emotional stress. There are some health conditions which may go undetected that can contribute to hair loss. These include anemia or low blood count and thyroid abnormalities. Both of these conditions can be detected by a simple, inexpensive blood test.

Hormonal Considerations

Hormonal changes are a common cause of female hair loss. Many women do not realize that hair loss can occur after pregnancy or following discontinuation of birth control pills. It is important to remember that the hair loss may be delayed by three months following the hormonal change and another three months will be required for new growth to be fully achieved.

Myths Related to Hair Loss

  • Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss.
  • Hats and wigs cause hair loss.
  • 100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier hair.
  • Permanent hair loss is caused by perms, colors and other cosmetic treatments.
  • Women are expected to develop significant hair loss if they are healthy.
  • Shaving one’s head will cause the hair to grow back thicker.
  • Standing on one’s head will cause increased circulation and thereby stimulate hair growth.
  • Dandruff causes permanent hair loss.
  • There are cosmetic products that will cause the hair to grow thicker and faster.
  • Stress causes permanent hair loss.
  • Hair loss does not occur in the late teens or early twenties.
  • Hair loss affects only intellectuals.
  • There is a cure for androgenetic Alopecia.

What’s the Best Hair Loss Solution for You?

The short answer is that we don’t know until you talk with one of our hair restoration experts. Every patient has unique needs and desires. Therefore, each patient’s hair restoration plan is customized based on hair type, general health, age, degree of hair loss, and overall patient expectations. You may benefit from a hair transplant procedure, laser hair therapy, enhanced plasma therapy, ARTAS (for men), ReAllusions (for women), or one of our many other solutions.

Our hair restoration experts, many of whom have gone through this process themselves, will guide you to determine which hair loss solution is right for you. You don’t have to figure this out on your own. Our experienced team is available to meet for a free 1-on-1 consultation (in person or virtual).

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Treatment Options Available for Female Pattern Hair Loss

Laser Hair Therapy

A non medical device used to slow down hair loss, thicken existing hair, and regrow hair.

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PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Drug and surgery-free, PRP treatments can help to not only regrow hair, but stop thinning hair as well.

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Exosomes Treatment

Exosomes are messengers that deliver 1,000+ growth factor proteins in a single treatment.

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Hair Transplant Surgery

Modern surgical techniques have made transplantation for females a viable treatment option providing they are qualified candidates and have realistic expectations.

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Hair Restoration Systems

Modern forms of hair additions have also made recent improvements in simulating a natural appearance. A consultation with a skilled specialist to discuss your options is advised.

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CRLabs Trichology

CRLab (Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories) products are our latest pharmaceutical grade hair product offering.

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For over 20 years, Transitions of Indiana has taken great pride in providing our clients with the latest breakthroughs in male and female hair loss solutions, including non-surgical hair restoration and replacement. At Transitions of Indiana in Indianapolis, we provide hair restoration and replacement solutions for those suffering the devastating effects of hair loss, thinning hair, and baldness. In fact, we are Indiana’s most trusted advisor in hair restoration. We understand that an investment in your appearance and self-confidence is one you’ll approach carefully. Transitions of Indiana also understands that many people will be interested in financing options to cover the costs of hair restoration. That’s why we make it easy to restore your hair and regain your confidence.

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