Reasons Women May Experience Hair Loss
There is no way to avoid all of the physical changes associated with aging. Some changes are irreparable, but others can be remedied with proper treatments. This is particularly good news for women suffering from thinning hair. The most important factor in restoring thinning hair is to discover the cause of the problem. Hair loss in women has many underlying causes; some are easier to resolve than others are, but those suffering from hair loss should not lose hope, help is available.
The causes of women’s hair loss divide into two categories. Those conditions that can resolve themselves over time with little or no professional intervention, and those which require medical or professional intervention to halt hair loss and ideally, grow more hair.
Hair loss catalysts in the first category include; pregnancy, anemia, physical/emotional stress, over styling, and a lack of protein in the diet. In these cases, restoring hair growth can be as simple as making lifestyle changes. Medical advice is best for some causes, and hair regrowth typically occurs within several weeks or a month of resolving the cause. Hair loss with origins in the second category will need professional intervention for hair re-growth. Some of these causes are:
Autoimmune-related hair loss
The medical term for this is Alopecia Areata. It is thought that it is caused by an overactive immune system. The overactive immune system mistakes hair for an invasive foreign body and destroys it.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
An imbalance between female and male hormones causes this condition. An overabundance of androgens, combined with insulin resistance, can lead to hair loss as well as other medical conditions such as ovarian cysts or diabetes.
This is the medical term for having an underactive thyroid gland. When the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones, hair loss can occur. It doesn’t cause hair loss in the common areas of the crown or hairline. Instead, loss happens throughout the scalp.
Some types of medication are linked to hair loss. The most common of these are beta-blockers, birth control and other hormonal medications, methotrexate, lithium, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen, and some antidepressants. A medical professional should diagnose these causes, as a variety of medical needs may need to be addressed.
Hereditary and Aging
Only 45% of women reach the age of 80 with a full head of hair. Hair loss is a natural part of the aging process for many people. How dramatic this is can depend a lot on one’s genetics. In these cases, women are fortunate to have more successful hair restoration treatment options than ever. The ease, affordability, and results of newer treatments have caused women to flock to hair restoration clinics in record numbers.
Once a medical reason has been eliminated, it is time to choose a hair restoration clinic. We specialize in Shaveless FUE. This is a type of hair restoration procedure that allows us to transplant hair without shaving any part of the scalp. You can be back to work and social activities with minimal downtime. Best of all, no one needs to know.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.