Hair Loss in Women



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Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Hair-Loss-for-Women-Leeds-300x180It is natural for women to lose around 100 hairs every day, but excessive loss of hair, especially in women, can be a symptom of an underlying problem in the body. Female Pattern Baldness, Telogen Effluvium, Anagen Effluvium, Alopecia Areata and Traction Alopecia are the most common types of hair loss in women and are a result of different underlying issues. In order to treat the issue of hair falling out, women need to know what is causing it.

  1. Female Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic alopecia is due to the actions of various hormones and especially dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a product of the male hormone testosterone. Normally, women do not possess the hormone in quantities large enough to create hair loss, however, menopause and sometimes heredity from either of the parents may lead to thinning hair on the scalp and bald patches. Hormonal changes also cause the same type of hair loss after pregnancy and when some types of ovarian cysts occur.
  2. Telogen Effluvium, is also associated with hormones and especially with DHT. It is a short term reaction to a stressful event for the female body. This could be excessive dieting, child birth or extreme stress. Six weeks to three months after the event, hair loss occurs. Usually, the hair grows back even if not treated.
  3. Anagen Effluvium is hair loss because of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells in the body, in order to destroy cancer cells. Because hair has the same quality, sometimes it is affected as well.
  4. Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease, which attacks hair follicles in the scalp area. This is also usually a hereditary disease.
  5. Traction Alopecia is the condition caused by the mistreating of hair with tight hairstyles, extensions and styling products.

Hair Loss Factors in Women

There are countless factors why women may experience hair loss. Anything from clinical problems to hormonal changes to stress and anxiety. It’s difficult to try and diagnose the root cause.

Here are some of the reasons why women experience hair loss:

  • Age.
  • Genetics.
  • Radiation medication.
  • Medical problems.
  • Extreme hairstyling (hair shade, horse tails, braids).
  • Usage of destructive chemicals on hair.
  • Stress.
  • Menopause.

Hair Loss Treatments for Women

Because hair loss sometimes has to do with hair mistreatment, often women with thinning hair tend to dismiss the problem. In some cases that is the right thing to do. However, if the problem persists for more than a couple of months it is recommended to seek a doctor’s opinion on what is causing it and how to treat it.

There are various hair loss treatments for women on the market ranging from shampoos to hair transplants. The treatment type of choice is dependent on the type of hair loss experienced, the type of treatment available, how effective it is going to be and budget.

The treatment that is usually suggested to most women is Minoxidil 2%. The treatment involves the application of the substance on the balding areas. Its results are not permanent and stop when the treatment is terminated. Common side-effects also include: burning or irritation of the eye, itching, redness or irritation at the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body.

If hair loss is the result of malnutrition doctors may suggest taking iron supplements and when hormonal imbalance is to blame, spironolactone or oral contraceptives are prescribed.

In cases when hair loss is permanent, or a permanent solution to the hair loss problem is desired, hair transplants from healthy areas of the scalp can be used in order to cure hair loss in women.

Changing your hair regimen can only benefit your hair if the previous one was to blame for your hair loss. In that case it has been found that anti-dandruff shampoos that contain ketoconazole can slow it down.

To conclude, when facing persistent hair loss ask for your doctor’s advice and pick carefully your course of action. If your selected treatment is unsuccessful consult your doctor again because hair loss can be a sign of a vast number of undiscovered problems.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

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Kevin was very helpful and put my mind at ease with all my questions before my surgery. I’ve visited serval hair transplant clinics and what they said to me just did not sound right and the price they were giving where outrageous and at one point I wanted to leave the hair transplant. However after speaking to Kevin and his team they have regain my confidence and courage to get this done. I would fully recommend Harley Street if anyone who is wanting to get a hair transplant.
I would like to give a huge thank you to Kevin and the rest of the team for a wonderful experience. I am over the moon with the results already and the high level of professionalism the team showed throughout the day of my operation. I felt extremely comfortable and well looked after during my operation. The team were also very happy to answer any questions I had throughout the day and they continue to communicate daily with myself post operation which puts your mind at ease during your healing process! I would highly recommend going through hairtransplantliverpool if you are thinking of having a hair transplant, you will not be disappointed. Many thanks Jake
Louise Roberts
Louise Roberts
After years of struggling with thinning hair I finally decided a permanent solution was required. Much research found hair transplant Liverpool and I started the consultation process. Kevin was very patient as I explored and questioned options that would fit my situation. We eventually settled on a two stage process with the assurance that they would be able to get a good level of coverage. A short trip to their Bury location and the process began. What an amazing team. Dr Kalra took lots of time designing the hairline and I was fully included in the process as I explained what I wanted and was then guided by his expert knowledge. The first stage was 2000 grafts and that sounded daunting. A bit of prep to prepare the donor area for taking the grafts was done with care as they shaved an area in between the top and bottom of my ponytail so that the graft area would not be seen afterwards as the shaved area grew out. Then the only slight pain as the numbing injections went in. 5 rounds of those but after the 2nd round things were quite numb. Having the grafts taken was not painful but I was aware as each was taken. Then a short break and on to numbing the front area ready for implantation. More injections but soon over and over to Dr Kalra to carefully make the 2000 incisions ready for the grafts to go in to. A short break again for lunch and a drink then on to a 3 hour implant session where the team took great care to place each of the grafts in to their new home. Slight pain towards the end as the numbing wore of on the donor area but a couple of paracetamol later and it was ok. Then before I knew it I was talking to Dr Kalra again about aftercare and receiving my care pack. That evening was a bit sore but easily managed by paracetamol and ibuprofen. I slept propped up in bed with a neck pillow and woke up to tightness in the donor and implant areas but no need for any more pain meds. looked red and sore but keeping up with the aftercare helped and at day 5 I washed my hair gently. Now at day 6 and almost all tightness gone. There was a little swelling around my eyes but this passed in two days. A review is planned at 3 months then 2nd session at 6 months. I was extremely well cared for and initial results are looking very good. I will post some pics as everything settles down but I am very pleased so far and so glad I chose and trusted the
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iraj ebra
I have been for hair transplant consultation with Kevin in Liverpool and I am please by his honest opinion and professional approach and expertise. highly recommended.
Dean Rolstone
Dean Rolstone
Thoroughly recommend anybody considering having a hair transplant procedure to use Hair Transplant Liverpool based on my excellent experience with them. Had a brilliant consultation with Kevin who talked through the procedure and calmed my fears and nerves about the treatment. Big thanks to Dr. Nayak and his team for the professionalism and care given to me at the surgery and from then on. It's been 5 months since I had the procedure and I couldn't be any happier with the results.


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