At The Treatment Rooms, we are aware that hair loss in women can severely affect confidence and self-image. It is an issue which is very common with as many as one in three females experiencing hair loss as some point in their life. It is particularly common after pregnancy and menopause.
There are many causes of female hair loss, so establishing the correct diagnosis at an early stage is very important for treatment. As with male hair loss, androgenic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in women.
What is androgenic alopecia?
Androgenic alopecia in females is the result of Dihydrotestosterone (a by-product of testosterone) acting at your hair follicles to make them shrink and fall out. This typically results in female pattern baldness.
However, the pattern in which balding occurs in women is different to men. You may find your balding pattern fits a description below:
- Thinning at the back of the scalp
- Predominant thinning at the front of the scalp
- Thinning at the front as above but also with frontal hairline recession
Depending on the cause, female hair loss can be either temporary or permanent. We therefore advise that you see us at The Treatment Rooms without delay. That way we can fully explore your hair loss and how it is effecting you.
As part of our thorough assessment we will investigate possible causes for your hair loss, advising on lifestyle changes and treatments which may help reverse or reduce hair loss.
Are there any other causes for female hair loss?
Although testosterone driven (female pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia) is the most common cause for female hair loss there are some other diagnoses you need to be aware of:
- Anaemia (check your iron, vitamin B12 and folate levels)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome– can result in hair loss on the head and hair growth in other (normally hair free) areas
- Overactive thyroid disease
- Lupus erythematosus
- Acute or Chronic telogen effluvium– where more hairs shed than grow, often because of physical or psychological stressors
- Alopecia areata– where patches of hair are lost because of your immune system overreacting to your hair
- Traction alopecia– tying the hair tight or wearing heavy hair extensions can pull on the hair roots and damage them
- Trichotillomania– repetitive hair pulling due to psychological stress
- Inflammation causing hair loss at the front e.g. Lichen planopilaris and frontal fibrosing alopecia
It is important you are seen by a hair loss specialist to check you don’t suffer any of these potential diagnoses.
What are the treatment options for female hair loss?
At The Treatment Rooms, our focus is on creating treatments plans which take into account your long-term goals for your hair. This is most important when considering permanent female hair loss. Our doctors work closely with specialist trichologists to advise on treatments that will help reduce the effects of balding. Some medical treatments that we can choose from include Minoxidil and PRP injections depending on the cause of your hair loss.
Hair restoration surgery can be used to improve your cosmetic image. Using our latest FUE surgical techniques we can replenish hair lines, hair partitions or focal areas where the thinning is most established. The procedure is associated with minimal downtime and with our no-shave technique we provide you with additional discretion.
For a holistic approach to your hair loss, we advise that you contact us for a consultation.