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A typical head of hair loses approximately 100 strands per day, but if you’re noticing an excessive number of hairs on the pillow in the morning, in the shower drain or in your comb, this may be a sign of female pattern hair loss. Rather than causing large balding areas, female hair loss typically presents as a widening part or scalp visibility in some areas. Excessive shedding can also be due to an underlying health problem or scalp issue, which results in temporary hair loss called Telogen Effluvium.
Regardless of cause, hair loss typically worsens if left untreated, which is why it’s important to visit a qualified hair restoration physician if you suspect a problem. He or she will be able to run the proper tests to determine the cause and severity of hair loss, and determine the best course of treatment.
- Know Your Risk
Genetics can determine the time of onset, speed and severity of loss over time, and there are tests available that can predict a woman’s risk of hair loss so preventative treatments can be started early.
- Eat Plenty of Hair-Healthy Foods
The body requires certain nutrients to produce healthy hair. Too few calories or a nutritional deficiency (specifically of iron, zinc, protein or vitamins A, B and C) increases the risk of poor hair quality and hair loss. In most cases, diet-related shedding is a temporary condition called Telogen Effluvium, which can be reversed with proper nutrition. To maximize hair health, eat a diet rich in salmon, dark green vegetables, nuts, beans, poultry, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
- Pay Attention to Hormonal Changes
There’s a link between hormone fluctuations and female hair loss. Risk increases during menopause, after childbirth and when undergoing hormone replacement therapy.
- Avoid Damaging Habits and Hair Styles
Hair extensions, weaves, braids and tight ponytails can cause lasting harm to hair follicles, resulting in a type of permanent hair loss known as Traction Alopecia. Bleach, dye, chemical straightening, blowdryers and flat irons also increase risk of damage and breakage.
- Take Care of Your Scalp
Inflammation can impair hair growth, so balancing the health of the scalp can help improve hair growth and quality. The non-invasive Scalp Makeover® uses a series of diagnostic tests to assess sebum, pH, hydration, toxin and cortisol levels. Depending on results, at-home or in-office scalp therapies may be recommended to help alleviate itching, dandruff, hair thinning, excessive shedding and breakage.
- Don’t Dismiss Hair Loss as Simply Cosmetic
Hair loss is more than a cosmetic problem, and it can cause loss of confidence and self-esteem, as well as other psychological effects.
- Seek the Right Help
The ideal specialist for hair loss or thinning is a hair restoration physician who is a:
- Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS),
- Accepted Member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS)
- Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS)
These specialists have extensive training specific to hair loss in men and women, and access to the latest treatments.
- Stay Committed
Treatment programs are customized based on genetic factors, health history, hair loss progression and more. Routine follow-ups that include measuring Hair Mass Index with the HairCheck device are important for monitoring progress. Remember, hair-loss treatment is a long-term process and not a quick-fix. Results are subtle before they are noticeable to the naked eye.
Treatment Options for Female Hair Loss
- A customized combination of over-the-counter, compounded and prescription topicals and oral medications.
- Like a high-tech facial for the scalp, the Scalp Makeover® includes diagnostic testing and treatments such as topical serums, scalp steaming, massage and dermal patches.
- Low-level laser therapy is an FDA-cleared, non-chemical at-home treatment that can achieve substantial results in just minutes a day.
- Hair supplements like Viviscal Pro and SuperBiotin can help make hair shinier, fuller and stronger.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy isolates key components from a patient’s own blood before it is comfortably reinjected into the scalp to revive dying follicles and stimulate growth.
- Minimally-invasive surgery includes incision-free techniques like SmartGraft FUE and ARTAS robotic-assisted transplants that restore natural-looking hair density without the risk of scarring, discomfort or downtime.
- Non-surgical hair replacement systems such as prostheses can be an effective short- or long-term option for women who are not candidates for hair transplantation.
- Genetic testing (such as HairDX) can accurately predict a woman’s risk of hair loss and response to specific treatments.
To learn more about Dr. Alan J. Bauman and the latest treatments for hair thinning and loss, visit BaumanMedical.com.