Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss is not something that is confined to men, as a good number of women will also experience it at some point. Montclair, NJ women who are experiencing hair loss turn to New Jersey Plastic Surgery®, serving patients from Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities.
What is Hair Loss in Women?
Although less common than in men, hair loss can nonetheless affect women. While women are less likely to become bald, they are equally as prone to experiencing thinning hair as men are. Female hair loss is typically not noticed until around age 50 or so, although certain health conditions and/or early menopause could result in this condition being observed much earlier. Rather than having bald patches, most women notice a part that gradually becomes wider or hair that does not completely cover the scalp when pulled back.
Risk Factors for Hair Loss in Women
As with males, women who have one or more relatives with thinning hair are more likely to experience it. Hair loss in women is often due to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy or menopause. Thinning hair during pregnancy is normally temporary. However, menopause can result in permanent changes as hair follicles gradually shrink and produce new strands that are finer and thinner than before.
Certain hair styles can also weaken the hair and make it more likely to fall out. Likewise, over-processing by repeatedly using chemicals to straighten, perm or color the hair may also damage it, leading to bald patches in various areas of the scalp. When hair loss is due to styling, the problem is normally correctable by simply eliminating the harmful practice.
Women may also be more prone to certain conditions in which thinning hair is a side effect such as:
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Thyroid disorders
- Chronic stress
Treating Hair Loss in Women
Since there are so many factors that could cause hair loss in women, it is important that female patients be screened very thoroughly to determine the cause of it. Hair loss treatment must often be performed in conjunction with treatment for other medical conditions, such as menopause in order to produce optimum results. When necessary, Dr. DiBernardo will work alongside your primary care physician to provide you the most comprehensive care possible.
Preparing to Treat Hair Loss in Women
It’s important to let Dr. DiBernardo know when you first began noticing that you were losing more hair than usual. You should also let him know if certain things seem to make the problem worse, such as wearing a hat or pulling your hair back into a ponytail or bun. This will help him determine the cause of your hair loss, which will go a long way toward coming up with a treatment program.
Procedures for Treating Hair Loss in Women
Women are able to alleviate thinning hair with non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures far more often than men are. Dr. DiBernardo often recommends hair vitamins, PRP therapy or laser hair regrowth for women. He finds that his patients have tremendous success with these methods. Even so, female patients may occasionally require hair transplant surgery. When they do, the success rate in women is just as high, if not higher than it is in men.
How Much Does Hair Loss in Women Cost?
Hair loss treatments are highly customized procedures, which is why it is not possible to provide you with a cost up front. During your consultation Dr. DiBernardo will assess the amount of hair loss you have and then tailor a treatment program especially for you. At that time, he will be better able to provide you with an accurate cost. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, Master®Card, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options are also available via CareCredit® and AlphaeonTM.
In the past, women who were experiencing hair loss felt they had no options, as most treatments were targeted towards men. That is no longer the case, as hair loss in women is something that can also be treated to help female patients look and feel more attractive. Residents of Bloomfield, Essex County, and Morristown should contact New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ to schedule a consultation.