Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss is generally seen as a problem that only men cope with. However, a lot of women suffer from hair loss or hair thinning in silence. As hair loss in women can be a symptom of a serious illness, the precautions should be taken as soon as possible.
Losing hair can be a distressing situation for women as hair is always seen as an important part of their look. While hair loss has an obvious effect on men that decreases self-confidence, it is much more intense in women because long hair is historically and culturally connotated with women. Therefore, hair loss in women may cause a serious psychological impact such as depression, anxiety and social phobia.
There is a wide range of reasons why women experience hair loss. Women have different phases during their life such as menopause, adolescence, menstrual periods and pregnancy. All these phases can affect women both physically and mentally and one of the results may be hair loss.
Hair loss might be either temporary or ongoing situation. The sooner the reason behind the hair loss is known, the quicker the problem can be solved.
Why Do Women Lose Their Hair?
Female-Pattern Baldness: Female Pattern Hair Loss, also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, is hereditary and it is the most common one in women. It comes from either your father or mother’s side. Especially women over the age of 50 experience this type of hair loss.
Anemia: Anemia happens when red blood cells in blood are lower than normal. Iron Deficiency Anemia Type is generally seen in women and it causes hair loss.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the most common endocrine system disorder that women face. One of the main symptoms of PCOS is hair loss.
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism shows up when the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Hair loss is one of the Hypothyroidism symptoms.
Skin Conditions: Skin diseases may lead to hair loss. Some of the skin diseases causing hair loss are Seborrheic dermatitis, Psoriasis, Fungus.
Lupus: Lupus is a type of immune system disease that is seen in women. Lupus affects the skin and the organs badly. When the patient has lupus, it means that the immune system attacks skin, kidneys, and heart. One of the most severe symptoms of Lupus is hair loss.
Alopecia Areata: When a person experiences Alopecia Areata, the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Therefore, it causes hair loss and leads hair to fall out in round patches.
Excessive Styling: Women who frequently wear ponytails or have their hair dyed may damage their hair and hair loss might start.
Chemotherapy: Women who have had chemotherapy generally experience hair loss as the drugs that are taken during chemotherapy also attack the healthy cells.
Giving Birth: Some women lose their hair after giving birth as pregnancy may alter the balance of hormones.
Who Is Eligible For Female Hair Transplant?
Before deciding to have Hair Transplantation, the reasons behind hair loss should be identified clearly. As women have different phases through their life, hair transplantation may not be the permanent solution for each woman.
You are the right candidate for hair transplantation if you suffer hair loss due to one of the reasons below:
- Mechanical or traction alopecia (non-hormonal) or alopecia marginalis.
- Trauma, chemical burns, and scarring from accidents.
- If you would like to hide the hair loss around the incision sites of your previous plastic surgeries.
- If you have a distinct pattern of baldness, similar to that of male pattern baldness.
How Is Female Hair Transplant Performed?
As long as you are eligible for female hair transplant, the procedure is standard for both genders. You can choose methods between FUE, DHI and Sapphire Percutaneous.
Unlike other hair transplant methods, Direct Hair Implantation may not require a full shaving of the head as it is also known as Unshaven Hair Transplant. As women tends to prefer to have long hair, DHI method is a big advantage for women for whom is eligible.
In this way, the traces of extraction from the donor area can be hidden by the long hair around and implantation can be performed among the hair already existing on the recipient area. In the end of the operation, there will be no unwanted post operational look.