Hair Loss In Women: Its Causes And Treatment
03 / 13 / 13

Hair Loss In Women: Its Causes And Treatment

According to the U.S. National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine, 55% of women struggle with some level of hair loss or thinning throughout their life. Dealing with thinning hair can be very difficult emotionally and physically, and no woman should have to live without treatment options.

How Hair Loss In Women Often Looks

Hair loss in women follows a different pattern than male pattern baldness. The progressive nature of female pattern hair loss is indicated by a preserved frontal hairline and thinning at the top of the scalp. Women tend to lose their hair in the central area of the head which widens over time. Unfortunately, most hair loss in women tends to be a more generalized thinning over the whole scalp, not leaving a large amount of available hair for donating in a hair transplant surgery.

Causes Of Hair Loss In Women

There are a variety of factors that cause temporary and permanent hair loss and thinning in women. It is extremely important for your hair loss physician to understand the cause of your hair loss so that the most effective treatment can be prescribed.

DHT (dihydrotestosterone)

DHT is a breakdown product of testosterone known to disrupt the hair’s growth cycle and cause progressively finer or thin hair. For hair loss in women, DHT doesn’t tend to become a factor until after menopause because women do not have an abundance of the enzyme until then.

Other Possible Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Treatment For Female Hair Loss

Some women are candidates for hair transplant surgery depending on the type of hair loss they suffer from. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Arthur Gray in Macon, Georgia to explore your treatment options. If it is determined that you are not a candidate for hair transplant surgery, Dr. Gray will prescribe the most-effective non-surgical treatment for your hair loss. These non-surgical treatments include low level laser therapy, hair loss medications, and more.