Just For WomenHair loss can be hell for women; in fact, it usually is.
AM I ALONE?
Female pattern hair loss is much more common than people think. In fact, it's experienced by one out of every four women. It's also progressive, which means it won't get better unless you take action.
I have been taking care of women with this condition since the very beginnings of my practice in hair restoration surgery. Although men do not like losing their hair, it is considered "normal" by society. However, for women, hair loss can be devastating because bald is not considered beautiful.
The first fact to know is female pattern hair loss can occur at any age. Similar to male pattern baldness, it is mostly a genetic condition. If you look back at women in previous generations in your family, you will very often see hair loss.
You can inherit it from either or both sides of your family. Hair loss often occurs in your generation a lot younger than it happened to your mother, aunts, or grandmothers. We don't know exactly why, but it is quite commonly observed. Also, you may not know anyone with hair loss in your family; however, it probably occurred in prior generations of women who are no longer known to your living relatives.
In a small percentage of women, there are actual medical causes of hair loss that must be investigated. In these situations, I work in conjunction with your family physician or endocrinologist to identify the cause. Then, we work together to effectively treat it.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The most important thing to remember is do not ignore your hair loss, do not dismiss it because you hope it will get better on its own, and do not try to rationalize that it is a side effect of your shampoo, hair coloring, or daily routine.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens with many women because they are given bad advice. Many of my patients first approach a medical doctor with their concerns. But, often times, their hair loss is dismissed by that doctor. They're told it is "normal", "there's nothing that can be done", and to "get on with your life". In my opinion, this borders on malpractice!
Most physicians are not trained to recognize and treat hair loss. While they may be able to cure a variety of illnesses, they often times fail to understand that hair is an integral piece of our individual identity. For many women, losing your hair means losing who you are. The good news is I can help.
HOW CAN DR. LEONARD HELP?
If you suspect you are losing your hair, seek out the opinion of a hair restoration surgeon like myself. I've helped women with their hair loss for more than 25 years. We'll work together to stabilize your hair loss then develop a treatment plan for restoration.
Presently, there are several wonderful and effective medical and non-surgical treatments for female pattern hair loss that I offer to my patients.
Rogaine® not only stabilizes hair loss in most women, but it actually can stimulate new hair growth.
Low Level Laser Therapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses light to decrease hair loss and stimulate hair follicle growth.
Propecia® is another medical treatment. While it is not FDA-approved for women, it can be very effective in certain circumstances. It should be considered in specific situations.
Hair Transplant Surgery is also an option for many of my female patients.
Often times, in my practice, I will combine some of the above approaches to help my patient achieve the fullest, most natural result possible! The bottom line is that we will work together so that you will begin for feel like your old self again!