Women’s Hair Loss: Causes and Treatments

For years, hair loss was considered an exclusively male issue.  However, as we have come to understand the mechanisms involved in hereditary pattern hair loss, and as more and more women have sought treatment, it has become clear that women’s hair loss is a much bigger issue than any had previously considered.  In fact, approximately 21 million women in the United States are experiencing some form of hair loss right now, and it is believed that as many as 80% of all women will experience noticeable hair loss by the time they reach 60.  While most women don’t notice the hair loss until they are in their 50s or 60s, it can happen at any age and for a variety of reasons.

Women's Hair Loss: Causes and TreatmentsIn addition to hereditary female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, the hair’s growth cycle can be interrupted by anything from the hormonal variances of pregnancy or thyroid disease, to autoimmune disorders and overly tight hairstyles.  Even seemingly unrelated issues like emotional stress or anemia can play a role in hair loss.  Because the causes of women’s hair loss can be so varied, developing an effective treatment plan must be tailored specifically for each unique case.  However, at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis consult with each patient and carefully examine each individual case to determine which specific form of hair restoration treatment will be the most effective.

While there are a number or non-surgical hair restoration treatments available at The Griffin Center, sometimes the most effective solution for women experiencing hair loss is hair restoration surgery.  Women are often excellent candidates for the follicular unit grafting (FUG) technique.  The process involves the removal of a very narrow strip of hair follicles from the back or sides of the head, which is then carefully dissected under a microscope into individual follicular units which can be surgically grafted into balding areas.  As the progression of androgenetic alopecia in women generally leaves the back and sides of the scalp with more than adequate coverage, there is seldom any difficulty in locating a donor region from which follicular grafts can be harvested.  Moreover, the linear scar left behind is easily hidden by hairstyles that keep the hair long and thick in the back.  An alternative technique, follicular unit extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft, which uses an automated device to facilitate the follicular extraction process and minimize scarring, has also become increasingly popular.  We will carefully evaluate your individual requirements and treatment goals in order to determine the best technique for you.

If you have questions about hair loss causes and treatments, please contact The Griffin Center today.  Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more hair loss information.