Women’s hair loss: an expert view

Women's hair loss: an expert viewHair loss has long since been considered a male issue, so when it comes to women’s hair loss the psychological affects can be even more challenging to deal with.

Hair loss has many different causes, some of which predominantly affect men; however others are equally likely to affect women too.

Seek out an expert opinion on women’s hair loss

If you have any concerns about the health of your hair, be reassured to know that there are plenty of experts out there who will be able to help. Hair and scalp experts are called trichologists and although you may be worried or embarrassed about your condition, this is their bread-and-butter, and it won’t be the first time they have seen the problem.

The sooner you can get expert help with women’s hair loss, the better, as there are often simple lifestyle changes that can help address or mitigate hair loss problems.

One such expert is Dr. Anthony Bared, who is a plastic surgeon whose area of specialism is women’s hair loss. According to Dr Bared, there are four key areas to explore when looking at addressing women’s hair loss:

  • Foams and creams
  • Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP)
  • Low level laser light therapy
  • Hair transplant

Starting simple: lotions and potions

There are certain products that can be applied directly to the scalp, which are designed to help the follicles stimulate hair growth. These foams and creams are available in different strengths (depending on the severity of your hair loss and what is causing your hair to fall) and regular use is advised – application twice daily is recommended.

Dr Bared regards the most effective of these to be a product called minoxidil: “the most commonly used treatment and the most proven is topical minoxidil”.

More technical options: injections of concentrated healing cells or laser treatment

Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a technique where surgeons extract blood from the body and separate it out into two different elements – the plasma and the normal red blood cells.

The plasma contains platelets which are the body’s healing cells. These are gathered, concentrated and then injected into the scalp to encourage hair growth in dormant follicles.

One other programme that Dr Bared refers to for the treatment of women’s hair loss is the effect of low-intensity lasers on dormant or dying hair follicles. It is thought that the low level beams can stimulate re-growth in follicles that would otherwise die.

A more permanent solution: hair transplantation therapy

Finally, if you have exhausted all available treatments and are still suffering from noticeable hair loss, it might be worth considering the final option: the surgical route of hair transplantation. This is where hair is transplanted from a different area of the body to the area where the follicles are no longer able to sustain suitable coverage.

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