Hair Loss Expert Dr. Robert Jones stopped by to speak to Steven & Chris about the issue of Female Hair Loss.
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Hair loss is a huge issue with females, and can be much more devastating. I often see females in the office in tears because they have been to their doctors to try and find a solution for their thinning hair, but they are brushed aside - their complaint trivialized.
It is an issue that a great many women will have to deal with in their lifetimes. In fact, 50% of women will notice some type of hair thinning once they reach the age of 50.
Also, the issue can carry a greater stigma for women. It is more common for men to lose their hair, so the implication of hair loss for women can be a cause of great distress and embarrassment.
The most common cause of hair loss in females is genetic female pattern alopecia. Other reasons include a slew of medical conditions, medications including the birth control pill, pregnancy & stress.
Females lose their hair according to the Ludwig Scale.
For most females this means preservation of the hairline and generalized thinning of the whole top of the head.
With medical conditions and hair loss from medications, we often see generalized hair loss all over the head including the back of the head.
Plucking of eyebrows as well, if done often enough, can cause permanent hair loss.
It is normal to get a certain amount of hair loss daily, about 50 - 100 hairs is in the normal range. Hairs are continually cycling from active to resting phases and about 5% of hairs at any time are in a 'resting phase'.
Once the cause of hair loss has been identified, we try to eliminate the cause if possible. If this is not possible, the three treatment options include medication, hair restorage surgery and cosmetic options.
1. Medical Treatment: For women the most common medical treatment we give is usually Monoxodil or Rogain, which can increase the density of their hair by about 20-30%.
2. Cosmetic Options: The most common is cosmetic hair fibres/cosmetic hair thickener and there are a number of different fibres out there, just like make-up, and it can make a woman's hair look thicker.
3. Hair Transplants: This is a last resort that would be offered to a very small percentage of women.
Usually it is unrealistic to completely restore the density and thickness, so managing expectations is an important part of the process but in over 90% of patients hair loss can be helped.
For more information about Dr. Robert Jones, please visit http://www.drrobertjones.com/