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Women with Hair Loss

The Causes and Treatments of Female Hair Loss

Though generally seen as a "male problem", according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40% of women will experience visible hair loss by age 40. Unlike males, for whom balding is almost always the result of genetics, female hair loss often results from a number of other factors ranging from medical conditions to stress, trauma and lifestyle factors. Genes too may play a role.  So, how can a woman determine the cause and best possible treatment for her thinning hair?

For some women the causes of their hair loss are much more complex than androgenic alopecia (genetic balding). Thus, proper diagnosis of the underlying cause is vital before any hair loss treatments are attempted. Hair loss experts suggest getting tested for hormone imbalances and thyroid conditions to begin with.

Depending upon the cause and severity of the condition, hair loss may be temporary or permanent. Currently, the only clinically proven and FDA approved non-surgical treatment for female hair loss is Rogaine (minoxidil). This medical hair loss treatment can help restore thinning locks by making miniaturized hair follicles thicker and more robust.

Some females may also be good candidates for surgical hair restoration. Also known as hair transplant surgery, this procedure relocates healthy hair from the permanent donor supply at the rear of the head to thinning and bald areas of the scalp.

If you are a female looking for a solution to thinning hair, start by consulting with one of our prescreened, expert hair restoration physicians located across the globe.

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