Female Pattern Hair Loss- What You Need To Know

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Female hair loss can be caused by different factors. Female pattern hair loss is the most common cause with over 50% of females suffering from hair loss by the time they reach 50 years old. In this blog we explain this common condition and what can be done to treat it. 

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Similar to male pattern hair loss, females can suffer hair loss as a result of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However the pattern of hair loss in females differs from males. Unlike males, females suffer generalised thinning of their hair at the top of the head or crown. This is best summarised in the Ludwig scale of female patterned hair loss (picture below). 

Ludwig Patterns of Female Hair Loss

What causes female pattern hair loss?

Both males and females seem to be affected by dihydrotestosterone when it comes to hair loss. However, the way in which hair loss happens is different. In females you will find your hairs become progressively thinner over time with not much hair actually falling out. This mainly affects the top of the head as you can see from the picture above. As the hair thins out you can start to see more of the scalp giving the appearance of baldness.

Dihydrotestosterone works by acting at the hair follicles, making the hairs weaker and causing the follicles to shrink. In some cases, the lifecycle of these hair follicles can also change and the follicles die earlier causing baldness. 

In most cases hair thinning (female pattern baldness) is a natural ageing process, however in some women thinning may start in their 20s with thinning becoming noticeable in their 40s. Some female hair loss sufferers may also have hair recession at the front of their head too. 

Importantly, hair thinning does not affect the back of the head in female pattern baldness. If it does then it is likely you are suffering from acute telogen effluvium or chronic telogen effluvium (more on these topics in our next blog).

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Sufferers of the condition Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) will also notice they may have female pattern hair loss. This is because in PCOS you get an increased amount of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in your body. This therefore contributes to a faster hair thinning process. If you are wondering whether you suffer from PCOS or not, you can check if you have the following common PCOS symptoms too: 

  • Acne
  • Facial hair
  • Irregular periods
  • Difficulty in becoming pregnant

If you are worried about PCOS then please go and see your GP who can carry out further blood tests to find out more. To find your nearest GP then click here

What treatments are available to me?

There are some good treatment options for female pattern baldness. One of the first-line treatments available to you is Minoxidil (Rogaine®). This medication helps to increase blood supply (nutrients and oxygen) to the hair follicles. As a result you should start to see your hair becoming thicker. 

Unlike male pattern baldness, females can’t take medications such as finasteride to prevent DHT (dihydrotestosterone) from acting at the hair follicle. This is because finasteride, in trials so far, hasn’t shown safe clinical evidence to prevent hair thinning and promote hair thickening.

Other treatment options that you can consider include Laser Therapy and PRP injections

If you have developed significant female pattern baldness and have completely bald patches then you will likely benefit from a hair transplant. This involves taking hair from the back of your head and placing it in areas that you have become bald. At The Treatment Rooms London we are able to provide this as an unshaven procedure meaning you have little signs that you have undergone surgery. 

If you are a female suffering from hair loss then please don’t delay. Contact us at The Treatment Rooms London and we can book you in for a free consultation. Click here to fill out an enquiry form! 

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Safe Hair Transplants

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A hair transplant clinic in Windsor has been shut down for breaching infection control practices. Providing safe hair transplants should be one of the most important principles of any hair transplant clinic. Clearly this clinic had made some serious errors. In this blog we explore how we make hair transplants as safe as possible for patients worried about infections.

What did the Windsor clinic do wrong?

A report by Windsor-Essex County Health Unit stated that the hair transplant clinic had breached infection control practices. This means they had put patients at risk of infections by potentially NOT doing the following:

  • Washing and sterilising their surgical instruments in-between different patients
  • Cleaning their surgical room regularly
  • Disposing clinical waste safely

What is infection control?

Infection control is about preventing healthcare- associated infections. These type of infections can affect patients or healthcare professionals (e.g. hair transplant surgeons and nurses). For a hair transplant clinic this means providing safe hair transplants by: 

  • Using autoclaved- sterilised surgical instruments
  • Having protocols on how safe and high quality transplants are carried out
  • Putting policies and procedures in place for preventing infection and checking everyone in the team is compliant with them (e.g. washing hands)
  • Making sure the patient’s hair follicles are kept in a sterile environment

What happens to the clinic’s patients?

If you have visited The Treatment Rooms London for your hair transplant you will know how much our team goes to great lengths to ensure you get personalised care. Every patient starts their hair loss journey with us and we stay with them for life. 

Sadly, for patients who were treated by the Windsor clinic they no longer have a hair transplant clinic to look after them. Secondly, they also have been advised to seek urgent help from their GP. This is because they may have been affected by dirty surgical instruments and they could be infected with:

At The Treatment Rooms London we are reminded of the incredibly sad NHS disaster whereby patients were given contaminated blood products. Many have gone on to be infected with HIV and Hepatitis. For those affected we understand this must be very upsetting. To find out where you local GP is please click here

How can you ensure you have a safe hair transplant?

As we have discussed before in our blog about the 5 considerations you must take before deciding on a hair transplant, you must take your time to find out as much as you can about your hair transplant clinic. 

One check you can do is see if the hair transplant clinic has been registered by the CQC (Care Quality Commission). This regulatory body works to ensure safe, quality clinical practice in every healthcare clinic including hospitals. By registering with the CQC, the hair transplant clinic has gone through the rigorous safety and quality checks that the CQC regulates under the Health and Social Care Act. 

Secondly, you can check whether your surgeon is registered with the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS) and General Medical Council (GMC). These professional associations mean your hair restoration surgeon is regulated and operates to their strict codes of conduct.

If you are worried about your hair loss and want to seek professional advice about safe hair transplants, then please contact our Hair Transplant surgeons today. Click here to fill out an enquiry form

​References

  1. https://www.wechu.org/reports/guaranteed-hair-transplant-clinic-ipac-report
  2. https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/hair-transplant-clinic-customers-warned-of-potential-infection-breach-1.4211771
  3. https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/health-unit-urges-customers-of-hair-transplant-clinic-to-seek-medical-attention
  4. https://www.qcs.co.uk/infection-control/
  5. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  6. https://www.kch.nhs.uk/about/corporate/care-standards/infection-prevention
  7. https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/healthcare-associated-infections/
  8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44671153

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Jersey Island Hair Transplants

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Looking for a hair transplant in the channel islands? Jersey Island Hair Transplants are coming soon, provided by the UK’s renowned The Treatment Rooms London. 

The Treatment Rooms London is expanding internationally. We are now providing our renowned hair transplants to the residents of Jersey. Male and female hair loss sufferers will have access to our hair loss specialists and surgeons. 

Hair Transplant Before and After patient results

Jersey Island Hair Transplants- how will it work?

The Treatment Rooms’s surgeons will be coming to Jersey on a regular basis to hold hair loss clinics. By seeing a hair transplant surgeon face to face you will be able to have a thorough consultation about why you are losing hair. After reaching a diagnosis for why you are losing hair, our surgeons will suggest the correct treatment to stop any further loss and to restore hair in bald areas. 

To see when the surgeons are next in Jersey simply contact us today by clicking here. We will let you know when they are next holding their hair consultation list.

What if you definitely know you would like a hair transplant?

Some patients we see in clinic have done their research and know they would like a hair transplant. This is absolutely fine and we welcome patients to find out about any medical procedure they are considering.

Our hair transplant surgeons will first go through a full consultation to make sure a hair transplant is in your best interests. If it is, planning a hair transplant is the next stage. We will double check you have a good donor hair supply and ensure your concerns are addressed around what type of hairline and hairstyle. Once this has been discussed we can then plan your operation day.

Where will the hair transplant take place?

The Treatment Rooms London will be operating in St Helier. Unlike other hair transplant clinics, we make sure we operate in the same place you live in. That way you can go back to the comfort of your own home after your operation. Our surgeons will be available to answer any questions in the lead up to and after your hair transplant procedure. By coming to Jersey we take our renowned hair transplant service already provided in London and bring it to the Channel Islands. 

I’m interested- how do I book?

Booking is easy- simply contact us by clicking here and we will get back to you with the days and times we have available. All consultations will take place in St Helier. 

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5 Considerations Before Choosing Hair Transplant Surgery

Dr Fernando Hair Restoration Surgeon British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

There has been a lot of talk recently on hair transplant surgery (1-5) , with notable figures revealing they have taken steps to preserve their hair:

At The Treatment Rooms we are seeing an increasing number of males and females asking how a hair transplant can preserve or give back a hair style they want. We wanted to share our thoughts and give you 5 considerations to think about before choosing to undergo hair transplant surgery.

  1. Understand your hair loss
  2. Explore different treatments for hair loss
  3. Consider HOW a Hair Transplant would benefit you
  4. Choose your Surgeon
  5. Understand future pipelined treatments

1) Understand Your Hair Loss

Everyone’s hair loss is different. Whether you’re a male or female with a receding hairline, generalised thinning or small patches of hair loss, your hair loss is specific to you, it affects you personally- your mood, your self-esteem and your confidence. Part of suffering from hair loss is not only the physical aspect of shedding but also the impact it has on your wellbeing. Choosing how you want to address your hair loss will depend on what type of hair style you want to achieve and how much time you are willing to dedicate to treatment. More is written about this on our previous blog-  when to tackle baldness?

2) Explore Different Treatments For Hair Loss

There are so many different hair loss treatments out there. The ones that are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are Minoxidil and Finasteride (6,7,8). Some clinics may provide PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections to promote and preserve hair growth but this has not yet been clinically proven.

The novelty of undergoing advanced robotic hair restoration can be enticing but be mindful- advanced technology does not equate to better results. In Hair Transplant Surgery an important part of a procedure is the surgeon having tactile feedback from a patient’s scalp and hair follicle- this is lost when the treatment is performed by a machine.

3) Consider HOW a Hair Transplant Would Benefit You

A Hair Transplant takes existing hairs at the back and the sides of the head and moves them to an area that is balding. If you have lost a substantial amount of hair, transplanting sparse hair may not give you the coverage or density you wish for. Being aware of what can be achieved and being realistic with your expectations will be a big part of your hair loss consultation. Make sure your surgeon goes through both in thorough detail!

At The Treatment Rooms London we make it clear- you have to invest care, time and effort into your hair.

Hair growth following a transplant also takes time! Do not expect a quick fix, it often takes 9-12 months to grow but can in some cases be much less.

4) Choose Your Surgeon

A Hair Transplant Surgeon in the UK should be practising under the licence of CQC, GMC and indemnification- if not- they are practising illegally. More regulation is expected in the UK landscape but for now all patients are reminded to check the clinic and surgeon they visit are registered.

Surgeons can also be affiliated with the BAHRS (British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery) or ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery). The Treatment Rooms’ very own Dr Fernando is a full member of BAHRS and upholds their stringent guidelines when practising hair transplant surgery.

Looking at the results a surgeon has produced, undergoing a consultation and asking them all the questions required to put your mind at ease is crucial before undergoing treatment. Bottomline- vet your surgeon!

For more information about having Hair Restoration Surgery at The Treatment Rooms click here. 

5) Understand Future Pipeline Treatments

A lot research is going into treatments for hair loss. There is a lot of talk around future stem cell treatments and skin & hair being grown in labs that can be used for hair transplant surgery. These treatments still need to undergo vigorous testing in the lab and pass clinical trials before they become widely available. So don’t wait. If you care about your hair and want to preserve it, don’t wait for a pipeline treatment, it will prolong your existing hair loss.  See a hair loss doctor and find out what treatments are available to you now.

If you would like to find out more, book a free consultation with one of our Hair Transplant Surgeons  or simply start a WhatsApp conversation by clicking the Whatsapp Icon.

References

(1) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/what-makes-a-good-candidate-for-a-hair-transplant/

(2) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/bald-ambition-had-hair-transplant-28/

(3) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/hair-transplant-treatment-best/

(4) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/hair-transplant-faq-ten-common-questions-hair-loss-procedures/

(5) https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/for-hair-loss-youth-turn-to-transplants/articleshow/64454682.cms

(6) Patient.co.uk on Finasteride 

(7) Patient.co.uk on Minoxidil (for Males) and (for Females)

(8) https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/treatment/medical-hair-loss-treatments/

 

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