Women’s Hair Loss: Causes & Best Treatments
Most people associate hair loss or “baldness” with men – but more than half of all women will experience noticeable hair loss at some point in their life, as well. While men’s hair loss is more openly discussed, most women are too embarrassed to discuss their thinning hair and simply try to cover it up rather than seek medical help.
The good news is that many cases of women’s hair loss can be effectively treated! But female hair loss is a complicated matter that requires diagnosis of the underlying cause when finding the best medical hair restoration treatment.
In this article the women’s health and anti-aging experts at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ discuss the causes, as well as the best natural, non-surgical treatments for women’s hair restoration.
Causes of Women’s Hair Loss
If a woman notices that the part in her hair is widening, and/or is losing more than 125 hairs per day, and/or she has visible bald spots, she is experiencing hair loss and should seek a medical opinion as soon as possible. At Tutera Medical in Scottsdale we offer effective treatments to stop women’s hair loss and actually regrow hair. But, as with any medical treatment, the earlier the intervention the better the results!
#1. Hereditary Women’s Hair Loss
“Androgenic Alopecia” – also know as “Female Pattern Hair Loss” (FPHL) – is a medical condition in which the hair follicles to shrink. As a result, the hair shaft falls out of the head faster, and grows back more finely. This process is known as “miniaturization.” Women with this condition often experience “wispy” hair because they have fewer hair follicles per inch of scalp.
Androgenic Alopecia is the most common cause of women’s hair loss and is believed to be caused by a combination of heredity and hormonal factors.
#2. Hormonal Women’s Hair Loss
No one understands hormones better than the hormone therapy experts at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ! And – to the surprise of many people – androgens (male sex hormones) actually have many important functions in women as well as men.
In addition to controlling many aspects of sexual drive and performance, male hormones also play a role in women’s hair growth. Women with increased levels of male sex hormones can experience a shorter cycle of hair growth, as well as shorter and thinner hair strands. Additionally, male hormone excess can cause a delay in new hair growth in women when it comes to replacing hair shafts that have been shed.
Hair loss in women due to hormonal problems is most common during menopause when estrogen and progesterone levels decrease – resulting in androgens (male hormones) “taking over”.
The second most common type of women’s hair loss is “Telogen Effluvium” (TE) – which is also understood to be hormone related. Telogen Effluvium causes thinning of the number of hairs on the head and is especially visible on the top of a woman’s scalp.
The hormonal changes of pregnancy are the most common cause of Telogen Effluvium – causing hair loss for up to a year after childbirth. However, TE women’s hair loss can also be triggered by a wide variety of other factors.
#3. Women’s Hair Loss Due to Stress & Illness
Physical and/or psychological stress can also cause female hair loss. Stressors to the body and mind such as large weight loss, surgery, anemia, and accident or an illness can result in thinning hair. Recent research has also shown that both the stress of the pandemic – as well as infection with the coronavirus itself – cause hair loss in some women and men.
A type of hair loss called Alopecia Areata, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles, is also related to mental stress.
#4. Women’s Hair Loss from Environmental Factors
A vitamin or nutritional deficiency may be the underlying cause of thinning hair in some women. Additionally, some medications (such as antidepressants, anti-hypertensive drugs and oral contraceptives), may also contribute to women’s hair loss.
Traction Alopecia is another type of thinning hair in women that results when the hair is styled in a way that consistently pulls on the roots. Tight ponytails, braids, corn rows, extensions or weave attachments can all exert pressure on the roots of a woman’s hair that can damage follicles. In some cases, Traction Alopecia can even lead to permanent hair loss in women by destroying the follicles themselves
Non-Surgical Treatments for Women’s Hair Loss
The most effective treatment for a woman’s hair loss will depend on which type of hair loss she has. So, a woman experiencing thinning hair should always consult with a women’s health expert like the PRP and hormone therapy pioneers at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale. We can examine your scalp and follicles as well as conduct thorough blood testing to accurately identify the underlying cause of your hair loss.
Three of the most effective, non-surgical and 100% natural hair restoration treatments offered at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ are “Platelet Rich Plasma” (PRP), hormone replacement and nutritional balancing.
#1. PRP for Women’s Hair Loss
“Platelet Rich Plasma” (PRP) hair loss treatments harness the body’s own natural cellular repair mechanisms to rejuvenate hair follicles and restore hair growth without surgery and without downtime.
PRP hair loss treatment can effectively treat Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia), Telogen Effluvium, Traction Alopecia, and several other types of hair loss in both women and men.
During PRP hair loss treatment the patient’s own blood is used to provide specific proteins called “growth factors”. The patient’s blood is drawn and then centrifuged to isolate concentrated levels of these growth stimulating proteins in a “Platelet Rich Plasma”.
The PRP is then injected into the scalp to stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanisms and repair the damaged follicles. After a series of about 3 PRP treatments schedules a month apart, most women will see dramatically visible hair regrowth in thinning areas of the scalp.
#2. Hormone Balancing for Women’s Hair Loss
If a woman’s blood test results reveal a hormone imbalance, the hormone therapy experts at Tutera Medical can prescribe 100% natural, bioidentical hormone replacement to bring female hormones back into balance.
In addition to helping with hair growth, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can alleviate other symptoms of hormone imbalance such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, weight gain, increased belly fat, osteoporosis, headaches and more.
#3. Women’s Hair Loss Supplement
Tutera Medical also offers the nationally recognized SottoPelle Hair Repair Supplement. Recently featured in several national publications and winner of Prime Women Magazine’s “Best Menopause Relief Products”, this revolutionary supplement supplies essential nutrients to support healthy hair growth at the deepest cellular level.
Primary ingredients include Saw Palmetto to help keep the hair growth cycle intact, as well as d-Biotin, Zinc and Selenium – to stimulate scalp health, inhibits hair loss and encourage new hair growth.
Women’s Hair Loss Treatment Scottsdale
If you are woman who is experiencing the frustration of hair loss, schedule a consultation with the women’s health and hormone experts at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ. Take the first step to understanding the cause of your hair loss – so that the most effective hair restoration plan can be put in place to stop thinning hair and regrowth thick, healthy locks!
Scottsdale Women’s Hair Loss Treatments: 480-874-1515