Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Hair loss in women can be a distressing and emotionally challenging experience, often impacting self-esteem and quality of life. While less commonly discussed than male pattern baldness, female hair loss is a prevalent issue affecting millions of women worldwide. Unlike men, who typically experience a receding hairline and thinning crown, women are more likely to experience diffuse hair thinning or overall hair shedding.

There are several potential causes of hair loss in women, including hormonal imbalances, genetics, stress, nutritional deficiencies, and underlying medical conditions. Hormonal fluctuations, such as those experienced during pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause, can disrupt the hair growth cycle and lead to temporary hair loss known as telogen effluvium. Similarly, conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid disorders can contribute to hair thinning and loss in women.

Addressing female hair loss often requires a comprehensive approach that targets underlying causes and promotes hair regrowth. Topical medications like minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, are commonly recommended for women experiencing hair thinning. Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow to the scalp and stimulating hair follicles, resulting in thicker, fuller hair over time. It is available over-the-counter in various formulations, making it accessible and convenient for many women.

In addition to minoxidil, oral medications like finasteride may be prescribed off-label for certain women with androgenetic alopecia, although its use in women is less common than in men due to potential side effects. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other hormonal medications may be recommended for women experiencing hair loss related to hormonal imbalances, such as menopause or PCOS.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has emerged as a promising treatment option for female hair loss, particularly for those who may not be candidates for surgical interventions. PRP therapy involves extracting a small amount of the patient’s blood, processing it to concentrate the platelet-rich plasma, and then injecting it into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors that promote tissue repair and regeneration, stimulating hair follicles and encouraging new hair growth.

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is another non-invasive treatment modality that has shown efficacy in treating female hair loss. LLLT devices emit low-energy laser light that penetrates the scalp and stimulates cellular activity within hair follicles, prolonging the hair growth phase and increasing hair density over time. This therapy can be administered at home using handheld devices or performed in a clinical setting using more advanced laser devices.

For women with more advanced hair loss or seeking a permanent solution, hair transplantation may be considered. Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) are the two primary techniques used to transplant hair follicles from donor sites to recipient areas of the scalp. FUT involves removing a strip of scalp tissue containing hair follicles from the donor area and dissecting it into individual grafts for transplantation. FUE, on the other hand, involves extracting individual hair follicles directly from the donor area and implanting them into the recipient site.

In conclusion, hair loss treatment for women encompasses a range of options, from topical medications and oral therapies to advanced surgical procedures. By consulting with a qualified healthcare provider or hair restoration specialist, women experiencing hair loss can explore these treatment modalities and develop a personalized plan to address their specific needs and goals. Whether seeking to slow down hair loss, promote regrowth, or restore volume and thickness, effective solutions are available to help women regain their confidence and feel their best.

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About Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Dr. Ankuja Mhaske is graduated from D.Y Patil College, Pimpri and completed her post-graduation (MS) from Sangli. She started programming FUE and Direct FUE (DIRECT HAIR TRANSPLANTATION) after completing her post-graduation diploma in Medical Cosmetology and post-graduation diploma in Clinical Dermatology in 2016.