Women’s Hair Loss
Treated at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research in Atlanta, Georgia.
For almost four decades, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research in Atlanta, has been on the forefront of research into the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss. Over the past several years, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of female hair loss cases and, in an effort to offer hope to these women, we have created The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, the first center in Georgia exclusively devoted to addressing the unique issues associated with women’s hair restoration.
Hair loss in men and women may seem similar, but it is actually very different, and at our state-of-the-art facility we can dedicate the time and attention necessary to fully diagnose the specific causes of each patient’s hair loss in order to formulate a customized treatment plan that can satisfy their individual hair restoration needs.
For much of history, the subject of women’s hair loss was considered taboo. While it was undoubtedly occurring, it was only rarely discussed and women were largely expected to suffer in silence. Recent research published by the American Hair Loss Council suggests that as many as one out of every four women can expect to experience some degree of hair loss over the course of their lives, and as more women have come forward to receive treatment, we have been able to make greater strides towards understanding the specific factors that make women’s hair loss unique.
While it has long been a common misconception that the gene for baldness is carried but not expressed by the mother, some studies have now proven that this is not completely true. Actually, the genes for baldness are transmitted equally from both parents to all children. Whether or not these genes are expressed depends on gene regulators governed by a complex and unpredictable series of variables contingent on hormone levels as well as a number of other related factors. Although many women do carry the genes for baldness and can develop thinning hair, the hair loss that these women experience is frequently unlike that typically experienced by men. Women only very rarely progress to total baldness and 90% experience a more generalized thinning at the midline part in the central top region of the head instead.
However, even though women are frequently affected by androgenetic alopecia, or what is commonly referred to as pattern hair loss, women’s hair loss is also highly likely to be the result of any one of a number of different factors, ranging from hormonal changes caused by thyroid abnormalities, menopause, or birth control pills, to physical stress from surgery, illness, anemia, or rapid weight loss, to the side effects of certain common medications. Women can even experience postpartum hair loss, which occurs when the body sheds the extra hair it accumulates over the course of a pregnancy. Simply put, it is clear that the complexities of women’s hair loss require distinct, specialized approaches to both diagnosis and treatment.
Today there are many options for addressing women’s hair loss, ranging from non-surgical hair restoration treatments to full hair transplantation surgery. Correcting underlying medical problems and/or decreasing stress are important steps to take before your hair replacement procedure begins. Consult a physician who specializes in diagnosing the cause of your hair loss and can prescribe a treatment plan that will help restore your hair and your self-esteem.