Just for Women
Hair loss is an issue that can affect anyone. While most often associated with men, this condition occurs in millions of women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Nearly 40 percent of women are thought to experience some type of hair loss in their lives, either temporary or permanent, and it can have a devastating effect on their well-being and quality of life. At Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, our extensively trained hair restoration surgeons, Dr. Robert Leonard and Dr. Matthew Lopresti, are committed to helping women treat this distressing problem. Our advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques are designed to help you stop progressive hair loss and restore your hair.
If you’re experiencing hair loss, we can help. Don’t let this common condition prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest. Contact us today to learn more.
What is female pattern hair loss?
Female pattern hair loss, medically referred to as androgenetic alopecia, 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. Although due to the same underlying factor as male pattern baldness, female pattern hair loss typically occurs differently from what many men experience. The hair loss often begins as thinning hair on the top and sides of the scalp, although the back of the head may also be affected. Hair loss often will continue unless treated.
Hair loss can be a trait inherited from both sides of the family. Hair loss in recent generations often occurs earlier in life than the mothers, aunts, or grandmothers in your family tree. We don’t know exactly why, but it is quite commonly observed. Also, even if you don’t know of anyone with hair loss in your family, this condition may have occurred in prior generations of women who are no longer known to your living relatives.
Some women experience medical (non-hereditary) causes of hair loss that must be investigated. In these situations, our skilled hair restoration team will work in conjunction with your family physician or endocrinologist to identify the cause. Then, we will work together to effectively treat it.
Some of the factors that can cause hair loss in women other than androgenetic alopecia include stress, hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, menopause, thyroid conditions, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, going on or off birth control pills, and skin conditions. Additionally, certain hairstyles (braids, tight ponytails), chemical hair treatments, and styling tools can damage hair and lead to temporary or permanent hair loss in women.
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 our patients first approach a medical doctor with their concerns. But, oftentimes, that doctor dismisses their hair loss. They’re told it is “normal,” “there’s nothing that can be done,” and to “get on with your life.” However, in many, many cases, something can be done. There are numerous options available to help treat hair loss, stimulate regrowth, and restore the hair with beautiful results.
Most physicians are not trained to recognize and treat hair loss. While they may be able to cure a variety of illnesses, they oftentimes 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, we can help.
How can Dr. Leonard help?
If you suspect you are losing your hair, seek out the opinion of a leading hair restoration surgeon like those at Leonard Hair Transplant Associates. We’ve helped women with their hair loss for more than 30 years. We’ll work together to stabilize your hair loss, and then develop a treatment plan for restoration.
Presently, there are several wonderful and effective surgical and non-surgical treatments for female pattern hair loss that we offer to our 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 low level laser light energy 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.
Many times at our practice we will combine some of the above approaches to help patients achieve the fullest, most natural result possible. The bottom line is that we will work together so that you will begin to feel like your old self again.
We understand you may have questions. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can provide additional information or help you to schedule a complimentary consultation. Simply contact our practice today.