Hair Loss in Women

Close to half of all women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. For some women, the hair loss is noticeable enough to warrant investigating treatment options. Here, we’ll review causes of hair loss in women and the available hair restoration treatments.

 

Hair Loss Causes for Women

As with men, most women lose hair due to genetics, although thyroid conditions, anemia and menopause can also lead to hair loss. Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) typically occurs after age 40 and results in a more diffuse thinning of hair than found with male pattern baldness. Women will start to notice hair thinning along the part, which will get progressively more pronounced unless treated.

Women who are concerned about their thinning hair should meet with a dermatologist to determine if it’s due to FPHL or another cause.

 

Treatments for Hair Loss in Women

Doctors prescribe a number of medications for women suffering from hair loss. The most common is minoxidil (Rogaine), which is a topical solution that can regrow hair after several months of consistent use. Because the treatment is applied directly to the scalp, some women find it irritates their skin. Spironolactone, taken orally, is another medication option for women suffering from hair loss. These medications are only effective for as long as they’re taken; when the patient stops the treatment, hair loss will resume after a few months.

More women are turning to hair transplants to treat their hair loss. Surgical techniques have advanced considerably in the last 20 years, giving patients natural-looking results. However, not all women are good candidates for hair transplants. That’s because FPHL affects a greater range of the scalp, and not all women will have enough healthy hair follicles at the back of the head to transplant.

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