Hair Loss in Women

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Causes of Hair Loss in Women

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It is natural for women to lose around 100 hairs every day, but excessive loss of hair, especially in women, can be a symptom of an underlying problem in the body. Female Pattern Baldness, Telogen Effluvium, Anagen Effluvium, Alopecia Areata and Traction Alopecia are the most common types of hair loss in women and are a result of different underlying issues. In order to treat the issue of hair falling out, women need to know what is causing it.

  1. Female Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic alopecia is due to the actions of various hormones and especially dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a product of the male hormone testosterone. Normally, women do not possess the hormone in quantities large enough to create hair loss, however, menopause and sometimes heredity from either of the parents may lead to thinning hair on the scalp and bald patches. Hormonal changes also cause the same type of hair loss after pregnancy and when some types of ovarian cysts occur.
  2. Telogen Effluvium, is also associated with hormones and especially with DHT. It is a short term reaction to a stressful event for the female body. This could be excessive dieting, child birth or extreme stress. Six weeks to three months after the event, hair loss occurs. Usually, the hair grows back even if not treated.
  3. Anagen Effluvium is hair loss because of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells in the body, in order to destroy cancer cells. Because hair has the same quality, sometimes it is affected as well.
  4. Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease, which attacks hair follicles in the scalp area. This is also usually a hereditary disease.
  5. Traction Alopecia is the condition caused by the mistreating of hair with tight hairstyles, extensions and styling products.

Hair Loss Treatments for Women

Because hair loss sometimes has to do with hair mistreatment, often women with thinning hair tend to dismiss the problem. In some cases that is the right thing to do. However, if the problem persists for more than a couple of months it is recommended to seek a doctor’s opinion on what is causing it and how to treat it.

There are various hair loss treatments for women on the market ranging from shampoos to hair transplants. The treatment type of choice is dependent on the type of hair loss experienced, the type of treatment available, how effective it is going to be and budget.

The treatment that is usually suggested to most women is Minoxidil 2%. The treatment involves the application of the substance on the balding areas. Its results are not permanent and stop when the treatment is terminated. Common side-effects also include: burning or irritation of the eye, itching, redness or irritation at the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body.

If hair loss is the result of malnutrition doctors may suggest taking iron supplements and when hormonal imbalance is to blame, spironolactone or oral contraceptives are prescribed.

In cases when hair loss is permanent, or a permanent solution to the hair loss problem is desired, hair transplants from healthy areas of the scalp can be used in order to cure hair loss in women.

Changing your hair regimen can only benefit your hair if the previous one was to blame for your hair loss. In that case it has been found that anti-dandruff shampoos that contain ketoconazole can slow it down.

To conclude, when facing persistent hair loss ask for your doctor’s advice and pick carefully your course of action. If your selected treatment is unsuccessful consult your doctor again because hair loss can be a sign of a vast number of undiscovered problems.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Kaiden Nolan
Kaiden Nolan
18/04/2022
After 6 months most of my hair has fully grown back. With finasteride and minoxidil and the professionalism of this company I couldn’t of asked for a better job. Thanks again guys!
Don Graham
Don Graham
03/01/2022
Wow! Dr. Kalra is extremely thorough and enthusiastic about his work. As a patient, his professional manner put me at ease. He took time to design a natural hairline and even gave me his personal phone number to look after me following the procedure! The whole staff, including Kevin on the sales side made the patient experience fantastic. After two weeks, i was mostly healed and on my way. Thank you. Great team effort! 😃
Rob Joyce
Rob Joyce
28/10/2021
Kevin, Dr Kalra & team are probably the hardest working people you'll find in the industry. From initial consultation to aftercare, these guys have been very responsive and informative. To be honest, I've been at ease through the whole process. Dr Kalra is an expert technician and has been on hand for any follow up queries i've had following the procedure. The team of technicians that supported Dr Kalra were again, very proficient and professional. You're in safe hands with Kevin & team. FYI: Procedure : Hair Transplant(FUE) Location: Edinburgh Time: September 21'
Daniel Lennon
Daniel Lennon
06/10/2021
From initially making an enquiry to booking my appointment Kevin has been fantastic keeping in regular contact and answering any quiries I had. Dr Kalra and his team were great on the day of surgery, extremely professional and attentive to my needs. Made the experience as relaxing and painless as they could. On day 10 after my transplant and healing nicely. Dr Kalra also keeps in contact and quick to answer any of my questions. Would highly recommend. Not to mention they were also the cheapest I could find certainly, within the UK.
Iain Johnstone
Iain Johnstone
05/10/2021
I Had a hair transplant 10 days ago at HTG’s Edinburgh clinic and everything so far has been great. I had 1750 FUE grafts done which took approx. 7/8 hours and was carried out by Dr Kalra and his team who were very professional and did a brilliant job. There is zero pain after having this procedure and I’m looking forward to the next 12 months of strong growth! Kevin and Dr Kalra have both been excellent in providing support and answering any questions I have both before and after my procedure.
stewart maclean
stewart maclean
06/09/2021
Kevin was great to deal with always happy to help answer everything and always was honest through out lockdown and challenges it faced the doctor the team where brilliant and experienced and did great job would recommend highly if u are looking for there services u wont do much better
David
David
03/09/2021
Kevin HTG, kept me informed of proceedings throughout the whole process leading up to my appointment and was very helpful in answering any questions I had. The transplant itself went very well, with Dr Kalra and his team talking me through the whole procedure as it progressed, and reassuring me if I had any concerns. Kevin, HTG plus Dr Kalra and his team were very professional throughout the whole process from the first phone call to completing the transplant.
Mark Knox
Mark Knox
02/09/2021
These professional people, flew all the way up from London, just to do my transplant in Edinburgh. I was very well taken care of all day. The procedure was done very efficiently throughout!. Would recommend this company and people 100%. Many thanks. Mark
Lewis Birrell
Lewis Birrell
28/07/2021
One week on from having a FUE hair transplant, and I'm already delighted with how it is looking. My donor area is healing over nicely and my grafts are settling. Kevin promptly answered my initial inquiry and got me booked in for a day which suited me at the Edinburgh clinic. Dr Kalra wax my surgeon and within minutes of having met him, his experience and expertise was clear to see. The technicians and staff at the clinic were also very friendly and skilled. The only slight improvement I would have is that it would be good if patients were able to speak to their surgeon before their transplant day. I'd recommend HTG to anyone in central Scotland looking to have an FUE procedure done.

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