Hair loss in Female
- Hair loss is often thought of as a male problem, but it affects many women too. Most women will experience some thinning as they grow older and the symptoms can be severe in some cases.
Causes of Female Hair Loss
- The most common cause of hair loss in women is female pattern baldness, which happens as hormone levels change with age, especially around the menopause.
- Other conditions such as the autoimmune condition alopecia, areata and scalp infections can affect women. Some of these possible causes of hair loss are actually more common in women than in men.
- Women are more likely to experience traction hair loss, which happens when the hair is consistently placed under tension by a particular hairstyle, and the thyroid disorders that can cause thinning of the eyebrows.
Hair Loss Symptoms in Women
- The symptoms of hair loss in women can be less noticeable than in men, especially if you have longer hair that can conceal thinning or bald patches.
- However, you are more likely to notice if you are losing long hair when washing or brushing it, or simply because it is easier to spot when it falls out in bed or around the house. Other signs of hair loss in women include:
- Female pattern baldness typically happens on either side of the hair parting, so you may notice that it is becoming wider.
- Thinning across the scalp can also happen as women get older or it can be a sign of a condition like telogen effluvium. You may notice that your hair feels less full or that you seem to be losing more of it.
- Bald spots can appear on the scalp if y
When to Seek Help
- Although some thinning is normal after the menopause, you should always consult a doctor if you are concerned about hair loss. Losing your hair can have a big impact on your self-esteem, particularly as visible hair loss is less common in women than in men.
- However, you shouldn’t wait for the hair loss to get worse before you seek help. It is particularly important to see a doctor quickly if you have any other symptoms such as scabbing or itchiness as you may need treatment for a skin disorder as well as help restoring your hair.
Hair Loss Treatment For Women
- The treatment options for hair loss in women are similar to those available for men. Various options are available that can address different kinds of hair loss.
- Medication can sometimes help with female hair loss, although some drugs are only suitable for men.
- Hormone replacement therapy may be recommended for hair loss around the menopause
- Mesotherapy and carboxytherapy can encourage hair growth by providing extra nutrition
- PRP therapy can stimulate the natural growth and regeneration processes in the scalp
- Scalp micropigmentation may help to conceal diffuse thinning in women
- Hair transplants can restore follicles to bald areas or make the hair thickerIf you are worried about bald patches or thinning hair, simply make an appointment at the BMC to get expert advice on your treatment options.