[Posted on April 4th, 2014 by Dr. Carlos Puig]
When we think of hair loss, male pattern baldness is what comes to mind first. But what many people don’t realize is that women also experience hair loss, and there are female hair replacement treatments that can help. There are a number of things that may cause a women to experience hair loss. The causes of hair loss in women can range from simple genetics to autoimmune disorders, thyroid problems, and anemia.
If you’re a women experiencing hair loss, it is important to take the time to make an appointment with your primary care physician. Your doctor will want to rule out the possibility of harmful conditions like hypothyroidism, lupus, iron deficiency anemia, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. If it turns out that none of these conditions are causing the hair loss, then it might simply be an inherited condition. Hereditary hair loss, called female pattern baldness in women, is the most common explanation for hair loss. This type of hair loss is caused by a hormone that is a derivative of testosterone. It can, in the right circumstances, attack hair follicles and cause hair loss and permanent baldness.
As you can imagine, female baldness is at least as distressing for women who suffer from it than male baldness is for men. In some cases, it may even be more distressing. Many women pride themselves on their hair, and while male pattern baldness is common enough not to be unusual to observers, female baldness can result in unwelcome attention and questions. However, there are treatments available to women. One popular type of female hair replacement is known as follicular unit extraction.
There are a number of reasons why follicular extraction is a top choice for women suffering from female pattern baldness.
- The procedure produces minimal to no scarring, so patients aren’t left with unsightly marks.
- This technique uses the patients own hair, so there’s no chance of rejection, or of hair that looks different in the treated area. Once the new hair has grown in, an outside observer will never be able to tell that the woman has had female hair replacement treatment.
- There is little to no pain involved in this technique. Follicular extraction is performed under anesthesia, and patients who have undergone the procedure report no pain during the procedure and a short recovery time afterward. Many patients are able to resume normal activities by the day following the procedure.
At the Puig Hair Restoration Center, women seeking hair replacement options can receive a free consultation to find out whether or not the are good candidates for follicular extraction. We understand the impact that hair loss can have on a woman’s life, and we offer simple and effective treatment that can make a big difference.