Women and Hair Loss

  • “Losing my hair left me feeling even older than I was. Getting it back was like finding the fountain of youth.”

    Kathy Windum
  • "I was skeptical up until the hair started coming back. It's a miracle what medicine can do these days."

    Julia Omesh
  • "I was standing in an elevator one day and my son commented that he could see right through my hair to the wall behind me. I had thick hair my whole life. This was a new worry. It took some time, but hair restoration alleviated that stress."

    Marge Young
  • "Simply love the feeling of having my hair back!"

    Beth T.
  • “Without hair restoration, I don’t think I would have the confidence I do today when going into meetings or meeting a man.”

    Iva Yu
  • "I mulled over a transplant for 10 years. I wish I had gone sooner."

    Donna Hilderbrandt
  • "We have hair loss in my family. My sister and I started noticing our hair loss by our 19th birthdays. Luckily, we live in a completely different time than our ancestors. After about a year and a half, my sister and I both felt confident in our hairlines again."

    Chelsea Kotyk

Female Hair Loss:

Female hair loss is a common condition.  Studies show that women make up 40% of hair loss sufferers.

While hair thinning can begin at any age, it often progresses more rapidly as women enter menopause. This is related to the loss of estrogen that occurs as women go through menopause. Estrogen normally has a protective effect against hair loss as it counteracts the negative effects that DHT has on the hair follicles.

The main physical difference between male and female hair loss is where the loss occurs. For men, loss and thinning begins at the temples and crown, whereas female hair loss occurs in the frontal and parietal areas. In most cases, women notice a change in their hair quality; it becomes thinner, less body, and more sparse. Often the part of the hair seems wider. It is rare for women to develop a fully bald crown.

The psychological and emotional damage caused by female hair loss can be different for women. Unfortunately, the medical community has not concentrated much energy on this subject. However, Dr Pinette recognizes the unique challenges that women face when losing their hair.

This all starts with a proper initial consultation. Each person’s medical history, hair loss history, and goals and expectations are reviewed. The scalp and hair is examined and in some cases further investigations (e.g., blood tests or scalp biopsy) might need to be done.

Dr Pinette will work together with you to create a management plan that is medically sound and meets your goals.

Of the treatments available for hair loss; any one or a combination of these treatments might be considered:

  • Topical treatments (Procrinix) or medication (e.g. minoxidil)
  • Oral medications (e.g., spironolactone)
  • Low level light therapy (e.g., Capillus Laser Cap, LaserCap LC, or in house lasers)
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Hair transplants

How do women differ from men?

The main physical difference between male and female hair loss is where the loss occurs. For men, loss and thinning begins at the the temples and the crow, while female hair loss occurs at the frontal and parietal. However, emotionally, both men and women can experience a loss of self-confidence and dissatisfaction with their appearance.

Clinicians use the Ludwig Classification to describe female pattern hair loss. TYPE I is minimal thinning that can be camouflaged with hair styling techniques. TYPE II is characterized by decreased volume and noticeable widening of the mid-line part. TYPE III describes diffuse thinning, with a see-through appearance on the top of the scalp.

 

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Percentage of women patients who were candidates for hair restoration
70%
Percentage of women patients who get transplants to deal with scarring from facelifts.
20%
Percentage of women patients with a family history of hair loss on either side.
80%
Percentage of women patients who experienced permanent side effects such as shock loss.
1%
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