Why hair loss in women is more common than you think
Hair loss is often considered a male only problem – this could not be further from the truth.
It’s estimated 6 million women in the UK suffer from some form of hair loss and by 50 years old approximately 50% of all women will be affected by alopecia. Hair loss in women is a socially catastrophic event, rather than the acceptable life style option it can be in males. Hair is so linked to a woman’s beauty, youth and vitality that hair loss can carry an unpleasant stigma.
In the past your options were limited to hairpieces and unproven treatments. But medical science has since evolved. Today you can access clinically proven treatments that can completely reverse the effects of hair loss.
Understanding the different types of alopecia in women
Like with men, the most common cause of female hair loss is androgenic alopecia, although the link to hormonal imbalance is less clear. The condition has a strong hereditary link, so if you have a family history of alopecia you may have a genetic predisposition. Some of the other major types of alopecia are:
- Cicatricial Alopecia– caused by a number of different conditions that destroy the hair follicle, replacing it with scar tissue and causing hair loss. The thinning of hair can be gradual, while at other times painful and rapid. The condition can be reversed by medical treatment while the bald area can be restored with FUT, although often multi sessions can be required.
- Triangular Alopecia – is a congenital condition that appears from birth up to 5 years of age. It gets its name from the triangular shaped bald patches that appear in the temporal region. The condition in not progressive and patients can usually benefit greatly from surgical solutions, such as a hair transplant.
- Traction Alopecia – can be caused by hairstyles that keep the hair in a state of high tension. This chronic tension can damage the hair shaft and eventually the follicles. Early diagnosis is important and hair transplants can deliver excellent results – usually in a single session of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
- Alopecia of the eyebrows – whatever the cause of hair loss in the eyebrows (traumas, previous surgery, alopecia or congenital), with a single session of hair transplantation the condition can be reversed.
Female hair loss treatments: how can we help you?
Based in London’s prestigious Harley Street, the London Hair Loss Clinic will provide you with effective treatment and excellent service.
- Get a complete medical assessment to understand the underlying cause of your alopecia
- Genetic tests to detect and prevent future hair loss with bespoke treatment
- Advanced microsurgery and leading treatments available
- Get treatment from leading hair restoration surgeon, Dr Stefano Cotrufo
- State of the art equipment and facilities
- Discover a fast, effective and discreet service
- Experience a warm, friendly and comfortable visit
- Regain your confidence and youthful vitality