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How Does Hair Loss Affect Women?

Though hair loss is most commonly associated with men, many women are also impacted by pattern hair loss. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40% of women experience visible hair loss by the age of 40. Female Pattern Hair Loss is also considered a progressive condition, and can advance with age. In addition to causing cosmetic concerns, hair loss in women can negatively impact a woman’s self-esteem.

There are a wide number of reasons why women might begin to lose their hair. Heredity and high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are the leading causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss (androgenetic alopecia). However, hair loss can also develop due to factors such as:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • The discontinuation of birth control pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Major surgery
  • Menopause
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Anemia
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Certain skin conditions

Some women may also experience hair loss caused by hair styling techniques that damage or break the hair, including braids, ponytails, hair extensions, styling tools, or chemical treatments.

Our hair loss surgeon, Dr. Bernard Arocha, offers a number of effective treatment methods for restoring a woman’s natural hair. Surgical options such as follicular unit extraction (FUE) can transfer the patient’s hair from a donor site to the thinning areas for exceptionally natural-looking results. After the procedure, patients can enjoy a fuller head of their own naturally-growing hair that can typically be easily cut and styled as normal. Some patients may also benefit from non-surgical options, including Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, or a topical treatment such as ROGAINE®. A consultation with Dr. Arocha will provide an opportunity to examine the scalp, accurately diagnose your condition, discuss your cosmetic concerns, and review the treatment options that can best meet your needs. To schedule an appointment at Arocha Hair Restoration, please contact our office today.