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The Facts About Hair Loss, Baldness and Thinning Hair

Women's Hair Loss Causes and Baldness

The most common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern alopecia or baldness. This is seen as hair thinning predominantly over the top and sides of the head. It affects approximately one-third of all susceptible women, but it is most commonly seen after women go through menopause, although it can begin as early as puberty. Most women lose approximately 100-125 hairs per day. Fortunately, these hairs are replaced. True hair loss occurs when lost hairs are not regrown or when the daily hair shed exceeds 125 hairs.

States of Female Pattern Hair Loss - Phoenix, ArizonaThere are two different types of hair loss, medically known as anagen effluvium and Telogen effluvium. Anagen effluvium is generally due to internally administered medications, such as chemotherapy agents. These agents poison the growing hair follicles. Telogen effluvium, is due to an increased amount of hair follicles entering the resting stage.

Frequent causes of telogen effluvium are:

  • Physical stress: illness, anemia, surgery, rapid weight change.

  • Emotional stress: mental illness, death of a family member, divorce.

  • Thyroid abnormalities.

  • Medications: Taking high doses of Vitamin A, Blood pressure and Gout medications.

  • Hormonal causes: pregnancy, birth control pills, and menopause.

When any of the above reasons for telogen effluvium are reversed or altered you should see the return of normal hair growth.
 

Dietary Considerations

Hair loss may also occur due to diet plans. Franchised diet programs which are designed or carried out under the direction of a physician with prescribed meals, dietary supplements and vitamin ingestion have become popular. Sometimes a client may be told that vitamins are a necessary part of the program to prevent hair loss realated with dieting. From a dermatologists' standpoint, however, the vitamins cannot prevent hair loss associated with rapid, significant weight loss. Furthermore, many of these supplements are high in vitamin A which can magnify the hair loss.
 

Physical and Emotional Stress

Many people don't realize that surgeries, severe illnesses and emotional stress can cause hair loss. The body simply shuts down the production of hair growth during periods of stress since it is not necessary for survival and instead devotes its energies toward repairing the vital body structures. In many instances there is a three month delay between the actual event and the onset of hair loss. Furthermore, there may be another three month delay prior to the return of noticeable hair regrowth. This means that the total hair loss and regrowth can last six months or even longer when it is induced by physical or emotional stress. There are some health conditions which may go undetected that can contribute to hair loss. These include low blood count, anemia and thyroid abnormalities. A simple inexpensive blood test can detect both of these conditions.
 

Hormonal Considerations

Hormonal changes are a common cause of female hair loss. Many women do not realize that hair loss can occur after pregnancy or following discontinuation of birth control pills. It is important to remember that the hair loss may be delayed by three months following the hormonal change and another three months will be required for new growth to be fully achieved.

 

Myths Related to Female Hair Loss

  • Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss.

  • Hats and wigs cause hair loss.

  • 100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier hair.

  • Permanent hair loss is caused by perms, colors and other cosmetic treatments.
    Women are expected to develop significant hair loss if they are healthy.

  • Shaving one's head will cause the hair to grow back thicker.

  • Standing on one's head will cause increased circulation and thereby stimulate hair growth!

  • Dandruff causes permanent hair loss.

  • There are cosmetic products that will cause the hair to grow thicker and faster.

  • Stress causes permanent hair loss.

  • Hair loss affects only intellectuals.

  • There is a cure for androgenetic Alopecia.

These are only a few of the common myths heard by physicians and other hair loss specialists on a daily basis. The American Hair Loss Council recommends that you first have your hair loss diagnosed by a competent dermatologist who sees hair loss patients. Once you know the diagnosis you may have a better understanding of which treatment options may be best suited for you.
 

Treatment Options Available for Female Pattern Hair Loss

Perms, color and other cosmetic options to give a fuller appearance to hair.

Medical therapy - Reputable topical hair loss treatment programs in combination with low level laser hair therapy for hair loss have proven effective in approximately 80% of clients who participated in the complete program for up to one year.  The US FDA has approved topical Minoxodil for use in the treatment of mild to moderate hair loss and thinning hair in women.

Hair Transplant Surgery - Modern surgical techniques have made transplantation for females a viable treatment option providing they are qualified candidates and have realistic expectations.

Hair Replacement Hair Systems -- Modern forms of hair additions have also made recent improvements in simulating a natural appearance. A consultation with a skilled specialist to discuss your options is advised.

Transitions Hair Restoration Centers

When it comes to what many have called the most important self-improvement decision of a lifetime, it is important to seek the services of professionals with an impeccable reputation and in whom you can place your trust. 

Each of our hair replacement or restoration procedures is custom designed for your unique needs. 

If you are experiencing the devastating effects of hair loss and would like to learn more about the latest treatment options that are available to you, please request a complimentary, private, confidential consultation with a trained Transitions professional hair restoration specialist.

 

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