Women experiencing hair loss are often filled with worry and confusion, wondering “Why is my hair falling out?” and “What can I do to restore my appearance?” There are a variety of answers to both of these important questions.
First, hair loss could be caused by genetics, hormone changes (after pregnancy and starting or stopping hormonal birth control), an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata, extreme stress or nutritional deficiency.
For some, the hair loss caused by these lifestyle changes is temporary and reversible. With the condition telogen effluvium, more hair follicles than normal enter a resting state, but luckily, they will return. It can take up to eight months to fully regrow.
Hair loss in women could also be a sign of a more serious condition: a rheumatic condition, such as lupus; an androgen disorder, such as polycystic ovaryian syndrome; or an endocrine condition, such as thyroid disease.
For most women, the explanation is female pattern hair loss. Known as androgenetic alopecia, hair thins primarily on the top and front of the head. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, it affects about one-third of all susceptible women, and most commonly arises after menopause, though it could begin as early as puberty. After the hair falls out, a shorter one grows from the root, eventually becoming invisible “peach fuzz.”
Regarding available medications, Rogaine is the only FDA-approved medication currently available for female pattern hair loss. But, Rogaine acts more like a Band-Aid than a long-term solution, said Spencer Kobren, president of the American Hair Loss Association and author of “The Truth About Women’s Hair Loss,” to U.S. News and World Report. Propecia does not work for women. Spironolactone pills help many women, especially those whose hair loss starts before menopause, but take time to work. After menopause, they can be combined with hormone replacement pills, such as Prempro.
Women and men with partial hair loss who have sufficient donor hair may be candidates for hair restoration. Available in Albuquerque, New Mexico, NeoGraft is the first FDA-approved minimally invasive solution to hair loss.
Using follicular unit extraction (FUE), hair follicles from one area of the patient’s head or body are implanted into the desired area. NeoGraft involves no scalpel, no stitches and no linear scar. The process is partially automated, making it faster and less costly than other FUE procedures.
Dr. Miguel Gallegos at Hermosa Plastic Surgery will meet with you one on one to help you decide whether NeoGraft is right for you. To learn more about the most comfortable and natural-looking hair transplant procedure available today, contact Hermosa Plastic Surgery.