WOMEN EXPERIENCE HAIR LOSS, JUST AS MEN DO. THE CAUSES ARE OFTEN MORE COMPLICATED.
Hair loss in females can be highly complex and usually requires specialist investigation to determine the cause. Implant treatments are used for women, however, it’s important to understand the underlying condition so that the right treatment can be applied. In some cases, medication can be used to slow or prevent hair loss, eliminating the need for transplants.
A General Practitioner should be the first step for any woman who is suffering from hair loss. If you’re in this situation, then a doctor will be able to eliminate any serious medical conditions that could be leading to balding or thinning. In some cases, you will need to undergo treatment that doesn’t directly benefit your hairline. After the medical condition has been addressed, the process of hair restoration can begin.
At Nowigs we can offer comprehensive consultations, include laboratory testing that can identify the cause of hair loss.
Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) is a similar classification to MPB, with the exception being that there is generally only one type of balding. The hair line is usually left intact when this type of balding occurs, and thinning will be mostly limited to the top of the scalp.
FPB is nowhere near as common as MPB, but it still affects around 4-5% of females. Like MPB, it is hereditary, so if you have a mother or grandmother who has experienced FPB, then you need to be vigilant when looking for the signs in your own hair.
Medication and transplants are options for FPB.
Receding Hair Line in Females
Because females typically have a stronger and more prominent hairline than men, any type of receding can be painfully noticeable. Just like MPB, a receding hairline in females is natural and many women will experience the condition. Even though it can be relatively common, it can still be a point of stress and may even reduce confidence. Hair styles can help to mask the appearance of a receding hairline in females, and transplants are always an option. If you’re experiencing this condition yourself, then take confidence from knowing that we do have options to help you.
Male Pattern Balding in Women
Despite MPB being most commonly associated with men (it’s even named for them), this type of pattern balding can occur in women, too. The cause is similar, with hormone breakdown leading to the DHT by-product that causes hair loss. Illnesses and hormone imbalances can also be the cause of MPB in females, and in many cases it’s something that comes about after menopause.
Again, hair transplantation is a highly effective treatment method. There are also treatments available, such as hormone stabilisers, that will help to prevent further hair loss. Even when these are used, hair transplantation may be necessary to restore hair to its normal state.
It’s important to be aware that diet can also play a role in pattern hair loss, especially when it comes to women. In most societies, women are under more social pressure to maintain a smaller figure, and this can lead to poor food choices and an overall lack of nutrition. Hair cells require nutrients as they grow, and with a nutrient imbalance, healthy hair growth cannot occur. An extreme of malnutrition causing hair loss can be seen in women who have gone through an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa.
Iron deficiency is also a leading cause in pattern hair loss. Women are more susceptible to iron deficiencies than men, particularly those that avoid red meat. Supplements can help to raise iron levels, even with a vegetarian or non-red meat diet.
If you’re a female suffering from any kind of hair loss, and you want the best advice combined with effective treatments, talk to us at Nowigs today. We can provide full consultations and treatment plans that are designed for your unique needs.