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FEMALE HAIR LOSS

At Sacramento Hair Doctor, we understand that excessive hair loss can be a life-altering condition that causes many women to feel unattractive and older. Hair thinning and hair loss hair loss can make a woman feel sad, lose confidence, feel self-conscious, and even develop feelings of depression.

Having visible hair thinning and hair loss is more common than most women realize. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40% percent of women experience some degree of hair loss by the time they are age 40. In the U.S. alone, approximately 30 million women are affected by this condition. In our clinic, 20% of surgeries are performed on women. Women spend large amounts of money on hairpieces, hair systems, and wigs to hide their hair loss. They use colored sprays and sprinkle fibers to camouflage the color of their scalp.

What is important is that in many cases, this condition is treatable…and our innovative methods have proven to be highly successful.

We can’t wait to show you the results!

Dr. Prasad has a keen interest in helping women with hair loss look and feel good about themselves. She has undergone extensive training and has considerable experience helping women deal with this very important issue.

Why does the hair loss occur?

There are many reasons why hair loss (alopecia) can occur in women. These include: forms of scarring alopecias where the body’s own immune system attacks the hair follicles, nutritional deficiencies such as low iron, and hormonal diseases such as thyroid problems or polycystic ovarian disease. Women can also lose hair because of prolonged braiding and pulling, known as traction alopecia.

Women can also experience so called “male pattern baldness” because of heightened sensitivity to the DHT in the hair follicles, causing miniaturization and subsequent falling out of hair on top of the scalp.

Various factors that may cause hair loss in women include:

  • Changes in the hormones we’ve discussed above
    • High levels of hormones during pregnancy leave some women with fuller and healthier hair; declining levels during menopause may have the opposite impact
    • Starting or stopping hormone therapy, including birth control pills, menopausal hormone replacement treatment or thyroid hormone replacement
  • Diseases such as thyroid abnormalities, lupus, multiple sclerosis, diabetes
  • Infections, either viral or bacterial

  • Physical stress – such as surgery
  • Iron deficiency
  • Side effects of prescription medications Poor nutrition & crash diets
  • Major emotional stress or trauma
  • Traction alopecia (hairstyles that cause excessive tension on hair)
  • Surgical brow lifts
  • Chemotherapy for cancer
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Allergies to food, medicine, and environmental chemicals

What area of the head is affected?

The pattern in which women lose their hair is very different than with men.

Women’s hair mainly gets thinner on the top and crown of the scalp. It usually starts with a widening of the center hair part. The front hairline remains unaffected except for normal recession.

THE LUDWIG SYSTEM

Ludwig
I-1

This shows the central parting of a woman’s scalp with no hair loss.

Ludwig
I-2, I-3, I-4

The width of the parting continues to get wider, indicating thinner hair along the center of the scalp.

Ludwig
II-1 II-2

There is dispersed thinning of the hair over the top of the scalp.

Ludwig
III

There is extensive hair loss on the top of the scalp, but some hair does survive.

Dr. Prasad will conduct a thorough examination of your scalp and hair loss pattern before recommending the treatment that will produce optimal results for you. She may use a specialized camera to visualize the miniaturized hair, check the density with a “Hair Check” device, or even recommend getting a scalp biopsy and pathology report.

Treatment Options

Our goal is to keep your existing hair and decrease the continued loss. Dr. Prasad may recommend one or more of the following prevention methods (either with or without having transplantation surgery):

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine) – a topical medicationMinoxidil is a topical, FDA-approved medication that helps to regrow hair in both men and women. It works by reversing the shrinking of the hair follicles. Earlier this year, the FDA approved a stronger form of minoxidil for women.
  • Spironolactone (Aldactone) – a pillSpironolactone is an anti-androgen that works in two ways: it slows down the production of androgens (hormones) in the adrenal glands and ovaries, and it blocks the action of androgens by preventing DHT from binding to its androgenetic receptor.
  • Laser Hair Rejuvenation – Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)The low-level laser therapy process induces hair to enter the anagen phase (the phase that growth takes place in). It is completely painless and can be performed in our office using the state-of-the-art Revage 670 laser, or at home with a laser helmet (iGrow).
  • Natural SupplementsIn some cases, natural supplements such as saw palmetto, biotin, and skin, nail, and hair vitamins may be recommended as part of the treatment process.

  • ACell + PRP Injection TherapyACell +PRP is a nonsurgical method to treat hair loss for those patients who do not want surgery. This is not a medication but a medical treatment approved by the FDA for use in plastic and reconstructive surgery. ACell helps to repair and remodel damaged tissue. With the PRP, this matrix provides stem cells and growth factors. The combination is injected into the scalp area. This injection helps to decrease the amount of miniaturized hair by making the follicles healthier and more robust. This creates better hair growth.
  • Hair Transplant SurgeryIf there is enough hair thinning and hair loss, then surgical transplantation may be the best option. If hair transplant is done on a patient with specific areas of hair loss, the results can be very natural looking and satisfying. We can perform either the standard FUT or the FUE method, but in either case, there is no visible scar (especially in women with longer hairstyles).

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