Alopecia – hair loss in women
Hair is an extremely sensitive organ and almost instantly reacts to any major, especially stress caused changes in the body. Women are extremely susceptible to hair thinning and loss. Considering that a pretty, healthy hair is a synonym for women beauty, every notable loss and thinning represents a big issue. These do not affect each person in the same manner, but any contact with them often leads to stress and is followed by various psychological hardships varying from anxiety, confidence issues to depression and other severe difficulties.
Hair loss in women is distinctive in terms of causes, treatment, hair transplantation procedures and reconstruction techniques. Women usually suffer from diffuse hair thinning, from the front hairline all the way up to parietal region of the scalp. At first, hair is getting thinner and thinner, then the parting becomes wider and transparent. Eventually, head skin starts to show until the hair falls off for good. Hair loss could happen to everyone and anytime. Everything that leads to disruption of hair growth phases simultaneously leads to intensive hair loss.
Hair loss could be temporary or permanent. It could take place really early or in the twenties, thirties and during menopause. Temporary hair loss indicates that certain conditions which cased it are of short-term nature and that the hair will periodically recover and grow again. These conditions include: seasonal hair loss, postpartum hair loss, hair loss caused by medication, postoperative situations, inadequate nourishment and so on.
Many factors, for instance genetic and many undesirable conditions which endure long enough, could lead to permanent hair loss. Those involve: polycystic ovaries, anemia, Iron (Fe) deficiency, use of diverse medication, contraceptive pills, some skin diseases, thyroid gland issues, obesity, diet regimes and inevitably stress, but also aggressive hair treatment (frequent hair drying, dyeing, blanching, hair waving, tight hair tying, face lifting scars and many more) and one special aspect of hair loss originating from hair pulling disorder, so called Trichotillomania.
Whatever reason lurks behind hair loss in women each and every one of them generates more or less trauma and psychological hardships. Luckily, there are more possibilities at disposal for solving or diminishing such issues nowadays. A woman should reach out for, a specialist’s help, who will, depending on the situation, recommend a nonoperative treatment or, if the process is past that point, a hair transplantation. Regardless, a more gentle treatment of the hair is in order, as well as minimization of invasive actions and use of sulphate free shampoos. Doctors usually prescribe 2% Minoxidil spray and PRP therapy (Platelet-rich plasma therapy). Occasionally, these actions and therapies themselves result in improvements of the prevailing conditions. Where this is not the case, hair transplantation remains a permanent hair loss solution which is carried out in our practice with major success, no matter what might have caused the issue.
Procedure of a hair transplantation in women is pretty much similar to the one in men, with the main difference laying in not cutting the entire woman’s hair but only a minor portion of occipital region (donor region) hair which afterwards gets concealed with existing hair so that the woman could in fact return to her everyday responsibilities in a few days’ time.