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Female Hair Loss: hair loss in women, causes and treatment. Now a days, hair loss and thinning in women is common. Some time due to genetics or certain medical reasons like thyroid etc. Hair loss in women is observed. The question of what can cause hair loss in women attributes to many factors ranging from simple nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes or stress….
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Is your hair fall beginning to worry you? Has the thought of washing your hair or running a comb through it become a cause for concern? Does the possibility of it becoming worse, growing bald, fill you with dread? Are you looking for solutions, but are un

Whether you are an adolescent girl battling hair fall, or a man in his mid-30s facing a receding hairline; a middle-aged woman struggling with cancer and chemotherapy, or an older man grappling with the consequences of age; let me tell you, that when it comes to hair loss, we are all equally susceptible. No age, race or gender, is exempt from it; nor from the grief that accompanies it. It is as universal an emotion as any.

So why does hair loss happen? And how can we restore it?

 

Before answering these questions, let us understand how hair grows in the first place. It’s a cycle, comprising of three phases:

  • Anagen: Active growth occurs; lasts 2-6 years.
  • Catagen: Transitional growth occurs; lasts 2-3 weeks.
  • Telogen: Resting phase; lasts few months.

By the end of resting phase, hair is shed, and replaced by new hair in anagen phase. At any point of time, about 90% of hair on your scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own lifecycle and losing about 100 hair a day is normal. So finding few stray hair on your hairbrush daily is no cause for alarm.

Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, present in the follicles. Also, being the second fastest growing cells in the body, hair cells need energy. Therefore, a diet rich in protein and with recommended calorie allowance is essential for normal hair growth. Another essential aspect is avoiding faulty practices like shampooing too often, tight braiding, bleaching and dyeing of hair, etc; which cause thinning of hair, making them brittle and likely to fall off.
It is better to ensure that you’re following a healthy hair diet and hair care routine before looking into other causes for hair loss and medical treatments.

 

Genetic predisposition, hormonal imbalance, infections like ringworm, drugs (chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, oral contraceptives, etc.), burns, injuries, radiation, stress of surgery or childbirth, medical disorders (thyroid disorders, eating disorders, diabetes, anaemia, etc.) and autoimmune conditions (alopecia areata) can all be responsible for causing hair loss, medically known as “alopecia”. Majorly, they do so by shortening the anagen, that is, the growth phase.

The good news is, that if the underlying conditions are treated in time, the hair loss is reversible, and it is possible to regrow hair, specially in the initial stages of its loss. There are many medications that help stimulate regrowth, out of which, the two FDA approved drugs are Finasteride and Minoxidil. They work especially well when the cause for hair loss is the hormonal imbalanceFinasteride decreases the androgen activity on the scalp; minoxidil acts by prolonging the anagen phase, besides its vasodilatory action. Finasteride has to be taken orally, and minoxidil is applied topically as a solution.

Evidence based modalities like platelet rich plasma (PRP) micro needling, using derma roller and low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) are also gaining approval for treating hair loss in the initial stages.

 

Dr. Dhananjay Chavan, a renowned trichologist and cosmetologist, is of the opinion that while minoxidil and finasteride have been successful in majority of the cases for treating temporary hair loss, he believes that hair transplantation is the only solution when it comes to permanent hair loss. Permanent hair loss could result in either when the temporary forms are left untreated for long, or when there’s scarring, which could occur in inflammatory conditions like folliculitis, in conditions like lupus, after burns, etc.

Hair transplant is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from one part of the body to another part, that is bald or balding. It is the only treatment for permanent loss of hair. With the advent of and advance in technology, modern hair transplantation can achieve natural appearance by mimicking your original hair orientation.

To conclude, it’s always better to avail treatment in the early stages of hair loss, to maximize your chances of retaining and regrowing it. But if not, do not be disheartened. Even a seemingly permanent baldness can be transformed into thick, lush hair with the magic of hair transplant. 

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Female Hair Loss: hair loss in women, causes and treatment.

Now a days, hair loss and thinning in women is common. Some time due to genetics or certain medical reasons like thyroid etc. Hair loss in women is observed. The question of what can cause hair loss in women attributes to many factors ranging from simple nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes or stress due to work or mental situation etc. The following section helps you to understand phenomenon of loss of hair in women and ways to prevent hair loss.

The causes of hair loss in females:

Some of the causes are briefed here.

  1. Hair loss due to Certain Nutritional or Vitamin deficiencies: The subclinical nutritional deficiencies of Vit D3 , Vit B12 , iron are chiefly responsible for hair loss due to nutritional deficiencies in females. This can be prevented by following some good hair loss diet plan.
  2. Hormonal hair loss in women: Variation in hormonal levels in the female body has been found to be important reason for hair loss in women. Various hormones that contribute to hormonal hair loss in women are thyroid hormones, oestrogen, progesterone, FHS, LH etc. Also, life changing events like pregnancy or menopause can also contribute to hormonal imbalance in women which may contribute to temporary hair loss.
  3. Stress and hair loss in women: Both mental and physiological stress are increasingly becoming main contributors to hair loss in working women.

We at, HairMD- hair loss clinic in Pune, take care of hairs of our patients by providing them with the best hair loss treatment- customised cocktail therapy for hair loss which is based on proven medical research. Currently, finasteride and Minoxidil are mainstay treatment for hair loss in women and men- mainly to stop the progression of male pattern hair loss or baldness in females and males. Finasteride is a tablet which blocks the hormones- 5-alpha-reductase in the body which is responsible for hair loss. Minoxidil increases the vascularity i.e. blood flow of the scalp and promotes hair growth. Along with Finasteride and Minoxidil, various procedures like platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP), mesotherapy, micro needling, and low level laser light therapy (LLLT therapy for hair loss) are done to treat hair loss.

In PRP hair loss treatment, concentrated growth factors extracted from our own blood are delivered to hair follicles on the scalp. In microneedling for hair loss, thousands of micro punctures are created in our scalp with the help of micro needling derma roller devices. These micro punctures results in released of intrinsic growth factors at that site stimulate hair growth.

In low level laser light therapy (LLLT), light from a red cold laser is delivered to the hair, this laser light stimulates the hair follicles for faster growth. LLLT treatment is US FDA approved for hair loss problem. In mesotherapy, growth peptides, plane stem cell extract and various other growth factors are delivered locally to our hair.

All these hair loss treatment & procedures along with medication are responsible for the great results. We have been lucky to treatment more than 119023 & counting hair loss & related patients at HairMD and ClearSkin- Laser and hair clinic and could deliver successful results over the period of 28 years under the umbrella of Dr Dhananjay Chavan, MBBS, DDV- one of best dermatologist in Pune, Karad, Kolhapur.

You can see our hair loss treatment results here or on www.clearskin.in. Don’t worry, if you are experiencing sudden hair loss or severe long term hair loss, take hair loss consultation with our dermatologists or hair loss doctors. Also, please visit our page for more hair loss treatment result.