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Female Balding and Hair Loss Effects

Womens health medical study on why do women lose their hair and the effects of female balding or pattern hairloss

female hairloss balding Female Balding and Hair Loss EffectsWhen we talk about balding and baldness hair loss patterns, usually we are referring to men. Although rare for women, female balding still affects more than 30 million women in the Unites States alone!

Just like men, Baldness in women is 90 percent of the time genetic disposition. If balding runs in the family, you will most likely be affected as well. The medical community use to believe that female baldness was a genetic trait inherited from the mother’s genes. They now know this to be a myth and can be inherited from either side of the family.

Female patients seeking treatment, are assumed to have genetically caused baldness unless subsequent blood work shows the presence of a medical condition that is causing hair loss. Medical conditions that cause female baldness include hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, anemia, or other endocrine conditions.

Once a woman has been diagnosed, there are several hair loss treatment options available in Thailand:

  • Monoxadil (Rogaine) – This has been around since the 1980s. It is a topical solution that has been proven to stabilize the progression of hair loss in 70 percent of women, and to re-grow hair in 50 percent. For it to be effective, it must be used every day, twice a day on a long-term basis. Recently, generic forms of Rogaine have entered the Thai pharmacy’s offering a cheaper solution with the same results. Monoxadil and similar medication should not be used by pregnant women.
  • Low Level Laser Light Therapy – This is a newer treatment that developed over the last five to eight years. The procedure is performed in-office over the course of a year.
  • Hair Transplantation – Using an open technique, the hair surgeon will harvest hair grafts from a donar site and then transplant the follicular hair unit to recreate the hair line and balding area.

hair laser light Female Balding and Hair Loss EffectsMedication is straight forward and can be combined with the new laser treatment or hair transplantation. With low level light therapy; the number of office visits starts with two times a week for the first two months and gradually decreases to once a month for the last three months of treatment. Laser light is used to stimulate capillary blood flow in the dermis (skin layer) where the hair follicles live. The treatment converts 70 percent of hair that’s in the telogen or resting stage of the hair growth cycle, back into the anagen or growth stage.

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It also stimulates cellular activity in the dermal papilla in the follicle, which is the area that grows the hair shaft. This process stabilizes further hair loss in 90 percent of women and results in re-growth in 50 percent. Serious side effects aren’t a concern because the light used is in the infrared range, not the ultraviolet.

- Hair Restoration Surgery - “This surgery has changed over the past 10 years. It isn’t plugs. Today’s woman doesn’t want a wig. That’s why it’s important to recognize that there are real treatment options to help her regain her hair and her sense of self-worth.”

The current technique uses thousands of tiny grafts of skin that contain between one to three follicles each. The hair along the sides and back of the head is the donor area because it is genetically programmed to grow forever. When this hair is transplanted to areas that are bald, it isn’t affected by female pattern baldness, and maintains its genetic integrity to grow. The transplanted hair can be cut, curled or colored because it is the woman’s natural hair.

Psychological Impact

Beyond the numbers, hair loss in women has a more profound psychological effect on women than it does in men, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.

Studies from the society have shown:

  • Women have a larger psychological investment in their appearance than men do. This causes them to react more negatively to an event such as hair loss because it changes their appearance for the worse.
  • Women are extremely sensitive to the belief that their hair is “their crowning glory”. When a woman perceives that hair loss detracts from her appearance, she is likely to experience a loss of self-esteem.

Society provides very little support for women who are experiencing baldness.

“Women who have been to other doctors are told don’t worry about it, or find something else in your life to worry about. These doctors don’t realize how upsetting it is for a woman to lose her hair.”

The society urges women to consult with a hair restoration doctor to get help for both the medical and the esthetic aspects of hair loss.

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