For many women, alopecia, or hair loss, can be extremely distressing and can even affect your self-esteem. Though women with healthy hair can experience shifts in hair shedding, thinning hair or an increase in the amount of hair shedding can indicate a greater problem with hair growth. The cause of hair loss can vary from person to person, but hair loss in women, including many different types of alopecia, including female pattern hair loss, is quite common. The American Hair Loss Association has found women account for about 40% of those who deal with hair loss in the United States, which adds up to over 30 million women in all, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (Amer Acad of Dermatol). Dr. Michele Green in New York City is an internationally renowned expert in the field of dermatology and offers a host of hair loss treatment options at her private office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
If you detect any bald spots on the scalp, or you are experiencing hair shedding of greater than 125 strands a day, or have observed a widening of your part line, you may be experiencing female pattern hair loss. Women’s hair loss can be a frustrating and stressful experience, as hair loss in women is not an expected cosmetic event. Although healthy hair is presumed to be the norm for women, unfortunately, many women struggle daily with alopecia, hair loss, and thinning hair. The reason for hair loss in women is quite complex and can vary from hormonal reasons to vitamin deficiencies, genetics, to autoimmune or metabolic reasons. Many young women suffer from female pattern baldness, and these numbers increase dramatically in women as they approach menopause and have further fluctuations in hormonal levels.
If you’re frustrated by new hair loss or a continued pattern of hair thinning, board-certified NYC dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Michele Green is an expert in cosmetic and medical hair loss treatments and one of the first dermatologists in New York to incorporate PRP to treat both male and female pattern hair, loss patients. Whether your hair loss is from stress, hairstyles, hormones, medications, or other medical conditions, Dr. Green will do a full assessment of your hair loss, quality of hair, and scalp assessment to diagnose the cause of hair loss. After a complete assessment, Dr. Green will recommend the best combination of interventions to help increase your hair regrowth and restore beautiful, healthy hair. For her dedication to her patients and expertise, Dr. Green has been frequently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York City by such publications as Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors.
Types of alopecia or hair loss among women
There are a few different common types of hair loss, or alopecia, that affect women. The most common types of hair loss include androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and traction alopecia. Additionally, hormonal fluctuations or imbalances that are related to taking certain medications, illnesses such as COVID-19, physical, mental, or emotional stress, dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, nutritional deficiencies, and menopause can all lead to thinning hair and female hair loss.
When considering the various types of hair loss, it’s important to consider them in relation to the hair growth cycle. The hair growth cycle is defined by four stages: growth phase (anagen), transition phase (catagen), rest phase (telogen), and shedding phase (exogen). Many of these types of hair loss are classified by the way in which the hair growth cycle is affected, and hair regrowth often explores hair care that can benefit different phases of the cycle.
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Female pattern baldness/ Androgenic alopecia
Female pattern baldness, also known as androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is characterized by similar traits as male pattern baldness. In women, however, a receding hairline is less common. Instead, women tend to experience thinning hair along the part line (which looks like a widening part), followed by hair loss from the top of the head. Like male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness is also thought to be a result of androgen hormone imbalances. There may also be a genetic component to this type of hair loss. A sensitivity to androgens can cause the hair follicles to weaken, which reduces the length of the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle and lengthens the exogen phase.
Female pattern hair loss is classified by Type I (minimal thinning that can be hidden with the right hairstyle), Type II (decreased volume and noticeable part widening), and Type III (increased hair shedding with a noticeably visible scalp). Androgenic hair loss is considered to be a genetic medical condition but can also result from endocrine disturbances, as well as rare androgen-secreting tumors of the adrenal, ovary, or pituitary gland.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition during which the body’s own immune system attacks healthy hair follicles, leading to hair loss in circular bald patches around the scalp. Alopecia areata can be seen in conjunction with stress, thyroid disease, anemia, and diabetes. Dr. Green will perform a careful inspection of your scalp as well as your hair to determine the cause of hair loss and order the appropriate blood work as well. When the hair loss has affected all of the hair on one’s head, it is called alopecia totalis. When alopecia areata explains hair loss affecting the entire body, it is referred to as alopecia universalis. A unique type of alopecia areata which is manifested by hair loss distributed in a band around the sides and back of the head, is called Ophiasis Alopecia Areata and can be more difficult to treat.
Traction alopecia is a hair loss condition that is typically brought on by repeated restrictive or tight hair styling. When patients wear tightly pulled hairstyles such as braids, corn rows, ponytails on the top of the head, buns, or pigtails, breakage, and irritation to the hair follicles themselves can occur. Ballet dancers, who typically wear their hair in a tight bun, often suffer from traction alopecia. Typically, traction alopecia appears where the hair is pulled back and becomes more prominent as the hair falls once the hairstyle is undone. Traction alopecia can be reversed if it is treated very quickly and appropriately. Otherwise, this type of hair loss can be permanent.
Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss related to a process by which the hair speeds up the telogen and exogen phases of the hair growth cycle quite rapidly, leading to a large amount of hair shedding all at once. Telogen effluvium is typically brought on by a disruptive event, such as after a surgical procedure, generalized anesthesia, physical accident/injury, or chronic stress. Some patients experience telogen effluvium shortly after pregnancy as the body recovers from the shock of giving birth. Patients will often notice the condition when handfuls of hair come off during shampooing or combing. Telogen Effluvium is unique in that it is marked by temporary hair loss; typically, after the initial hair-shedding process is over, hair regrowth restores any lost hair volume, though this may take several months.
Autoimmune Causes of Hair Loss
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease
- Scalp psoriasis
- Chron’s disease/ Ulcerative colitis
- Alopecia areata
- Iron deficiency anemia
What is the normal hair growth cycle?
The normal cycle of hair growth is defined by four standard phases. The first phase is known as the anagen phase and is the period where the individual hair grows for an average of 3-5 years. The second phase is the catagen phase, which is a short phase of transition during which the hair completes its active growth cycle. The third phase is the telogen phase, during which time the hair rests in its follicle for a period of around 3 months. The final phase is the exogen phase, during which point individual hair strands are released, and the hair falls out. These phases are varied for each individual hair and hair follicle, which is why most patients don’t realize there is a disruption in the growth cycle unless dramatic shifts in thinning hair or hair shedding occur.
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What causes female hair loss?
When patients ask what causes hair loss in females, the answer is that there are multiple potential factors. The most common cause of hair loss is elevated levels of androgens and hormone imbalances in the body. When it comes to female pattern baldness, androgens tend to be the ultimate instigator of hair loss and hair thinning, and sensitivity to androgens is hereditary. Hormonal changes, such as excess androgens, can present with other symptoms aside from hair loss as well, such as acne and menstrual irregularities. However, female pattern hair loss can be brought on by other causes as well, such as thyroid issues like hypothyroidism or nutritional deficiencies.
Outside of androgen-caused hair loss, several factors can lead to hair loss. Telogen effluvium can affect anyone who has recently gone through a traumatic experience or who is dealing with an influx of continued high levels of stress. Hormone imbalances that occur due to a change in birth control or due to a natural event like menopause can also exacerbate women’s hair loss. Additionally, patients who take certain medications such as cancer, blood thinning, or blood pressure medications can commonly experience hair loss. Lastly, nutritional deficiencies can play a role in hair loss, which is why patients who suffer from anorexia nervosa or bulimia often experience hair loss.
In some cases, hair loss can be a symptom of a larger health condition that needs to be explored. For example, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often presents initially with thinning hair, as well as an increase in acne and body hair. In addition, thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can lead to hair loss. In order to diagnose the cause of hair loss, Dr. Michele Green will opt to do blood tests that can detect this specific diagnosis. If the cause is hormonal or due to PCOS, Dr. Green may prescribe Spironolactone or an oral birth control pill in combination with topical Minoxidil treatment to aid in the best hair regrowth.
How to prevent hair loss and thinning hair in women
Though female pattern hair loss is often caused by genetics and, therefore, cannot be fully prevented, certain behaviors can help to keep the scalp and hair follicles healthy while the hair grows. First, maintaining a diet that includes food rich in iron, zinc, and Vitamin D, such as red meat, beans, chickpeas, fish, and eggs, can help to improve the health of hair follicles and hair growth during the anagen phase. Biotin supplements have been indicated as a successful treatment for improved hair and nail health, but research is ongoing to determine its effectiveness. There are also a few natural ingredients that can be applied as a topical treatment to fight against thinning hair, including rosemary oil, keratin, vitamin B5, and creatine. When it comes to daily life, limiting daily stressors or chronic stress can be vital in preventing hair loss, as these can trigger unwanted hair shedding. Also, it’s good to maintain hairstyles that don’t pull the hair tightly along the scalp, opting for a loose ponytail, clips, or soft coverings to ensure the hair follicles aren’t damaged by a hairstyle.
If you have a family history of thinning hair or hair loss and are interested in the best practices for preventing it, the first step is scheduling a consultation with a hair loss specialist, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the globe with the most cutting-edge, innovative treatment options available, including hair loss treatments. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan for your hair loss treatment plan, she will physically assess the condition of the scalp and hair and discuss with you in-depth medical and family history. Dr. Green may order blood work to determine if there is a hormone imbalance contributing to the hair loss, as well as perform a scalp biopsy or send a hair sample to the lab for evaluation. These steps can help determine the underlying cause of hair loss, and may influence the hair loss treatment options that are recommended for you.
Men and women that are looking for ways to prevent thinning hair and hair loss may benefit from using topical or oral minoxidil prophylactically. Topical minoxidil is an FDA-approved hair loss treatment that can be used preventatively for patients with a family history of hair loss. Oral minoxidil was originally prescribed for regulating high blood pressure. However, it was noticed that one of the side effects of the medication was new hair growth. Scientists discovered that a low dose of oral minoxidil is a safe and effective hair loss treatment that strengthens the hair follicles, promoting hair regrowth and retention. Topical and oral minoxidil should not be used together. However, choosing to use one of these hair loss treatment methods can help prevent thinning hair and hair loss.
The Laser Cap is a highly effective, prescription-strength laser therapy that is FDA-approved for hair regrowth in both men and women. The Laser Cap provides a regenerative effect to the hair follies with Low-Level-Laser Therapy (LLLT), which is a safe, natural, proven method for promoting new hair growth. It is particularly effective as a maintenance device for hair growth and is a great treatment option for patients that do not necessarily want to start their hair loss treatments by taking oral medications. The Laser Cap is available at the office of Dr. Michele Green and has been proven to be more effective than other advertised lasers on the market.
The Keravive treatment by Hydrafacial is a three-step medical-grade facial for the scalp. The Keravive scalp treatment starts with a deep cleanse and scalp exfoliation, removing impurities and excess oil from the scalp. Next, the Keravive peptide complex solution is applied to the scalp, which contains a multitude of growth factors and proteins that hydrate the hair follicles. The Keravive treatment stimulates increased blood circulation to the scalp, increasing nutrient flow to the area and enhancing the health of hair follicles. At the end of the in-office procedure, patients are provided with the Hydrafacial peptide complex spray to use at home in the 3-4 weeks following the treatment. The majority of patients notice the best results when they engage in three treatment sessions of Keravive, each spaced one month apart. Keravive is a safe hair loss treatment to use in conjunction with other methods.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is one of the most popular hair loss treatments offered at Dr. Michele Green’s office for men and women with hair thinning and hair loss. PRP treatment for hair restoration begins with collecting a sample of the patient’s own blood and spinning it in the centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is rich with epidermal growth factors that, when injected into affected areas of the scalp, boost the health of the hair follicles. The treatment helps to stop hair shedding as well as promote new hair growth. Most patients require a short series of four treatment sessions with PRP injections, each spaced one month apart, to observe the best results. It takes several months to observe results from this hair loss treatment, and it can be performed in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, including supplements, topical treatments, oral medications, the Laser Cap, and the Keravive scalp facial. Most patients choose to engage in a semi-annual maintenance treatment session of PRP to keep up the best effects.
Before and after 2 sessions of PRP
How to treat hair loss in women: Non-Invasive Treatment Options
When it comes to hair loss treatment, there are a variety of non-invasive treatment options that can help with hair regrowth and overall hair health. These non-invasive treatments require no downtime and help to improve hair growth in the long term.
Oral Medications for female pattern baldness
There are several different oral treatment options for female pattern baldness. The types of oral medications that are incorporated into your hair loss treatment plan should be selected and monitored by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC. The following section describes the various oral treatment options for female pattern hair loss. With any oral medication for hair loss treatment, it may take several months for noticeable improvement.
Spironolactone is an anti-androgen medication and the most commonly prescribed oral treatment for women. Spironolactone plays a role in hormone regulation and is particularly useful for female patients with PCOS-related hair loss. It has been FDA-approved and works as a hair loss treatment by slowing down the production of male androgen hormones. It is important that a board-certified dermatologist monitors treatment with spironolactone so that adjustments can be made as necessary since some of the potential side effects include depression, fatigue, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction.
Oral minoxidil was originally prescribed for regulating high blood pressure when it was discovered that one of the side effects was new hair growth. Since then, it has been found that a low dose of oral minoxidil is a safe and effective hair-loss treatment. Oral minoxidil strengthens the hair follicles, promoting greater hair retention and regrowth. In clinical trials, nearly 80% of patients reported their hair became thicker and longer while taking oral minoxidil. For many patients, the oral version of minoxidil is a convenient alternative to the topical since it does not leave any residue on the scalp, is easier than applying a solution twice daily, and it can safely be used in conjunction with other hair loss treatment options.
Finasteride, commonly known as Propecia, has been FDA-approved as a hair loss treatment and works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone in the body, resulting in lower levels of DHT. DHT is an androgen hormone that can bind to hair follicles, preventing new hair growth. Propecia effectively treats both men and post-menopausal women with hair loss and thinning hair. Women that are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not handle finasteride, as the medication may cause birth defects.
Dutasteride, like finasteride, treats hair thinning and hair loss by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is an androgen hormone that plays a role in developing male sex characteristics such as facial and body hair. DHT can also potentially bind to androgen receptors in the scalp, which causes the hair follicles to cease the production of new hair. Although dutasteride has yet to be approved by the FDA, recent clinical studies demonstrate the benefits of the medication as a hair loss treatment. A board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, may prescribe oral dutasteride for “off-label” use if it is determined to be medically appropriate for a patient.
Oral contraceptives can help to regulate hormones in the body that may be contributing to thinning hair and hair loss. Some forms of birth control may cause hair loss in some women, whereas others with androgenetic alopecia may benefit from taking certain forms of birth control pills as a hair loss treatment. Due to the varied effects, it is important to consult with an expert regarding oral contraceptives for treating hair loss. In general, for an oral contraceptive to be an effective hair loss treatment, it must have a low androgen index. Low-androgen birth control can help regulate hormones and promote an extended anagen phase of hair growth, resulting in more new hair and an overall reduction in hair loss and hair thinning.
Nutrafol and Viviscal are two of the most effective supplements available for treating hair thinning and hair loss. Viviscal is a supplement that contains essential vitamins such as biotin, vitamin C, and B vitamins and it has been clinically proven to promote hair growth. Nutrafol is the most popular supplement available for hair loss and is a propriety blend of vitamins that have been clinically proven to encourage hair growth. Nutrafol supplements target many different underlying causes of hair loss, including stress, hormone imbalances, aging, and nutrient levels. Nutrafol produces both an oral supplement and a topical solution, which may be used in conjunction.
Topical Hair Loss Treatments for female hair loss
The most popular FDA-approved topical treatment for hair regrowth is minoxidil (Rogaine). Minoxidil is available over the counter and must be used daily to achieve and maintain real hair restoration results. Potential side effects of topical minoxidil include skin irritation, changes in the color and texture of new hair growth, and unwanted hair growth in other areas, which is why many patients seek an alternative to this treatment option. The Hair Revitalizing Serum for Women and Hair Revitalizing Serum for Men were developed by Dr. Green for her line of skincare products, MGSKINLABS, Inc. These potent topical hair serums are a 7% minoxidil compounded with either progesterone or finasteride, and designed to provide maximum hair regrowth benefits. Nutrafol also makes a topical hair growth serum called the Growth Activator. The Growth Activator contains Ashwagandha and, over time, with regular use, helps patients grow thicker, healthier hair.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Female Pattern Baldness
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a highly effective hair loss treatment for male and female patients alike. Platelet-rich plasma scalp injections are a non-invasive therapy for hair restoration that relies on the patient’s own natural proteins and growth factors to encourage healthy new hair development. By taking advantage of the epidermal growth factors in one’s own concentrated platelet-rich plasma (taken from a patient’s own blood sample and concentrated via centrifuge), growth factors and proteins can be injected back into the scalp, helping to restore the health of weakened hair follicles and boost new hair growth. Most patients require a short series of about four treatment sessions, each spaced one month apart, to attain the best results. It can take some time for hair growth results to become observable, and Dr. Green typically asks patients to follow up three months after the final PRP treatment session in the initial series. Once patients have completed their initial series of treatments, many choose to engage in a semi-annual maintenance treatment to keep up the best results.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy relies on various incredibly beneficial growth factors to improve blood vessel formation near hair follicles, enhance cell growth, and help to boost collagen formation. These growth factors include platelet-derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, epidermal growth factor, fibroblast growth factor-2, and insulin-like growth factor-1, among others. The regenerative benefits of treatment with platelet-rich plasma have been demonstrated for various health concerns, from orthopedics to endodontics to dermatology.
Dr. Green has conducted her own review on the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma for hair regrowth, and her findings are supported by multiple additional studies on hair loss. The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, and ClinicalTrials.gov all cite positive results from platelet-rich plasma therapy on patients experiencing hair loss, and Dr. Green’s platelet-rich plasma hair loss treatment patients are a testament to its success.
Before and after 2 sessions of PRP
Is Minoxidil effective for treating female pattern hair loss?
Yes! Minoxidil is a safe and effective treatment for female hair loss. Minoxidil is available as a topical serum and as an oral medication. Using either topical or oral minoxidil can stop hair shedding and promote new hair regrowth. If topical minoxidil is used, patients should apply it to the affected area twice daily for best results. Oral minoxidil was originally prescribed as a treatment for high blood pressure until it was discovered that a side effect of the medication was new hair growth. Since then, it has been found that low doses of oral minoxidil effectively strengthen hair follicles, promoting greater hair retention and new growth. While topical minoxidil has been FDA-approved for treating male and female pattern hair loss, oral minoxidil has not yet been FDA-approved. However, it is a safe and effective hair loss treatment that can be used in conjunction with many of the other hair loss treatments available at Dr. Michele Green’s office, including finasteride, PRP injections, spironolactone, Nutrafol, and the Laser Cap. Oral and topical minoxidil should not be used together. It takes several months of using minoxidil, whether it be topical or oral, for the effects to become visible. Continued use of minoxidil is essential for maintaining the results. Once a patient discontinues the use of their minoxidil, the effects will fade.
Dr. Michele Green in New York City is an internationally renowned expert in the field of dermatology, with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the globe with the best treatment options available, including hair loss treatment. She developed her own line of skincare products, MGSKINLABS, Inc., that includes the Hair Revitalizing Serum for Women and Hair Revitalizing Serum for Men, which have been featured in magazines as the best hair serum. These potent topical hair serums are a 7% minoxidil compounded with either progesterone or finasteride and designed to provide maximum hair growth benefits.
What causes women’s thinning hair?
One of the major medical conditions that cause hair loss and hair thinning in women is androgenic alopecia, which is also known as female pattern hair loss. The condition tends to run in families and causes women’s hair to thin over time. The pattern of hair loss associated with female pattern hair loss is diffuse hair thinning, with most women first noticing a widened natural hair part and, perhaps, a concentration of hair loss at the crown. Androgenic alopecia may be genetic, but it can also be caused by an imbalance in the androgen hormones in the body. Androgen hormones that influence hair loss, like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, are naturally present in both males and females. Testosterone converts to DHT and binds to hair follicles, preventing healthy, new hair growth.
If there is an imbalance in levels of testosterone and DHT, the elevated levels of these androgen hormones can lead to a disruption in the hair growth cycle. A shorter hair growth cycle and weaker hair shafts may result from elevated androgen levels. Another potential cause of thinning hair is traction alopecia, which occurs when the hair is pulled tightly on a somewhat regular basis. This can occur with repeated hair styling in a tight ponytail, bun, braids, or corn rows. In addition to genetics, hormonal imbalances, and hair styling practices, female hair loss and hair thinning may also be caused by physical, mental, or emotional stress, an underlying medical condition (for example, PCOS, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and more), or as a side effect of taking certain medications. It is critical to meet with a hair loss specialist, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC, to determine the potential underlying causes of hair loss and to treat them appropriately.
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Most Common FAQS for female pattern hair loss:
Can zinc deficiency cause hair loss?
Deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can lead to hair loss or difficulty with new hair growth. Zinc deficiency can lead to hair thinning and can damage hair, leading to breakage. Iron deficiency is also a common cause of hair loss in pre-menopausal patients, as it limits hair growth which leads to progressively thinning hair. Low levels of Vitamin D can also have an effect on the hair, weakening hair growth during the anagen phase of the growth cycle.
What causes thinning hair in young women?
Though patients most commonly see the effects of female pattern hair loss more prominently with age, patients can experience hair loss at 30 years old. Additionally, factors like diet, hairstyle, hair care, hormones, and stress can all have a huge impact on overall hair health. If you’re worried about excessive hair shedding, it’s useful to consider shifting towards more nourishing haircare products and choosing hairstyles that limit stress on hair follicles. Additionally, patients often find that shifting to a diet high in iron, Vitamin D, and zinc can improve overall hair health.
Why am I losing my hair at 40?
Though it may seem young, women ages 40 and older tend to experience hair loss more commonly overall. Female pattern hair loss tends to increase with age as women experience an increase in testosterone and other androgens and a decrease in estrogen levels. Additionally, medical treatments for blood pressure, gout, and other chronic illnesses can lead to gradual hair loss or thinning hair. Many patients may experience premature menopause, and the only symptom may at first be hair thinning.
What causes hair loss in older women?
For women who are above the age of 50, menopause can, unfortunately, be a cause of exacerbated female pattern hair loss. During menopause, estrogen is lost, which can lead to additional androgen sensitivity and, thus, further weakening of hair follicles. Nevertheless, hair loss treatment is available to women of any age. Treatments such as oral medication, hormone replacement, topical treatment with Minoxidil® (rogaine), and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can all help to improve hair health and stimulate hair regrowth.
How to prevent hair loss and thinning hair in women
Though female pattern hair loss is often caused by genetics and, therefore, cannot be fully prevented, certain behaviors can help to keep the scalp and hair follicles healthy while the hair grows. First, maintaining a diet that includes food rich in iron, zinc, and Vitamin D, such as red meat, beans, chickpeas, fish, and eggs, can help to improve the health of hair follicles and hair growth during the anagen phase. Biotin supplements have been indicated as a successful treatment for improved hair and nail health, but research is ongoing to determine its effectiveness. There are also a few natural ingredients that can be applied as a topical treatment to fight against thinning hair, including rosemary oil, keratin, vitamin B5, and creatine.
When it comes to daily life, limiting daily stressors or chronic stress can be vital in preventing hair loss, as these can trigger unwanted hair shedding. Also, it’s good to maintain hairstyles that don’t pull the hair tightly along the scalp, opting for a loose ponytail, clips, or soft coverings to ensure the hair follicles aren’t damaged by a hairstyle.
How to stop hair loss in women
Unfortunately, female pattern hair loss is a genetically caused medical condition that does not yet have a cure, which means that for many women, hair loss cannot be completely averted. However, Dr. Green offers a variety of treatments that can help reduce the amount of hair loss and encourage new hair growth and hair regrowth using simple, non-invasive hair loss treatments such as PRP, topical and oral medications, Keravive scalp treatment, the LaserCap, among other cosmetic and medical treatments.
How to stop hair loss in elderly women
For elderly women who may be experiencing Type II or Type III female pattern hair loss, hair restoration treatments such as topical minoxidil, oral medications, or platelet-rich plasma therapy are excellent options to reduce the appearance of hair loss. Though most hair loss in elderly women doesn’t have a cure, changes to hair habits and non-invasive hair regrowth treatments can have a huge impact.
Does saw palmetto help women’s hair loss?
Saw palmetto is a form of alternative medicine that is commonly used to treat urinary and reproductive issues and is thought to affect hormone levels to combat hair loss in patients of all genders. Saw palmetto is derived from a plant in the palm family that originates from the southeastern U.S., and the powder made from its berries is sold in capsule and liquid form. Currently, saw palmetto is thought to block the effects of androgen hormones on the body, which in turn may improve hair growth. However, further large-scale research must be done to confirm its effectiveness in female hair loss patients.
Surgical options for women’s hair loss
Women’s hair loss treatment can be complex, and some women may turn to surgical options for treatment when desired results aren’t achieved. Hair transplantation is a possible surgical solution for female pattern hair loss. The procedure entails that hair follicles are extracted from a healthy part of the scalp and surgically transplanted to the site where the patient is experiencing hair loss. This hair transplant can encourage new hair growth and help to maintain healthy hair. In addition, hair transplant surgeries are often complemented by the use of platelet-rich plasma therapy to maximize hair regrowth.
Can Keranique cause hair loss?
Keranique® is a shampoo and serum line that is advertised as a hair regrowth system. The hair care line uses an FDA-approved active ingredient of 2% minoxidil (typically referred to as Rogaine®) to help new hair growth. Minoxidil topical treatment is effective for hair loss but must be used daily and can have unwanted side effects such as weight gain and an itchy scalp. However, Keranique is not correlated with new hair loss and is unlikely to cause hair loss if used.
Can Xeljanz cause hair loss?
Xeljanz, the generic name of tofacitinib, is used to treat various types of arthritis. Though patients can often worry about the side effect of hair loss or hair thinning from different prescription medications, Xeljanz’s active ingredient has been tested in a few studies for success in treating hair loss. It may be that patients noticed a difference in hair volume after going off of Xeljanz, as tofacitinib is currently indicated for hair regrowth.
What causes hair loss in women?
When patients ask why women lose hair, the answer is that there are different potential causes of hair loss based on the specific type of hair loss condition. When it comes to androgenic alopecia, the condition is caused by an imbalance in the androgen hormones in the body. As a result, the hair follicle becomes weaker, leading to loss of hair and hair thinning. For patients experiencing alopecia areata, risk factors for the development of symptoms can include stress, thyroid issues, diabetes, and anemia. Telogen effluvium is caused by a traumatic event, such as surgery, injury, chronic stress, and pregnancy. When you have your consultation appointment with Dr. Green, she will work to determine the root cause of your hair loss to figure out the best hair loss treatment method.
What causes sudden hair loss in women?
Sudden hair loss could result from such hair loss conditions as telogen effluvium or alopecia areata. Telogen effluvium is a condition caused by a shock or traumatic event, which can cause as much as 70% of the hair on the head to fall out. Most frequently, hair loss due to telogen effluvium occurs on the scalp, but the condition can also affect other body areas. A traumatic event can take on many forms, including illness, injury, surgery, taking certain medications, undergoing radiation therapy, childbirth, or severe feelings of stress or anxiety. Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s own white blood cells attack the hair follicles, can also lead to sudden hair loss. Alopecia areata, however, is not caused by a specific event but rather is a genetic condition. As a result, it cannot entirely be prevented. If you are experiencing sudden hair loss or hair thinning, schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC.
What causes extreme hair loss?
Extreme or sudden hair loss in women, telogen effluvium, may be caused by major illness or surgery, certain medications, pregnancy and childbirth, an underlying health condition (e.g. thyroid disorder, psoriasis, lupus, PCOS, or anemia), radiation therapy, extreme dieting or weight loss, and emotional distress, among others. There is an incredibly wide range of conditions that may contribute to women’s hair loss, and the best way to determine what is causing your extreme hair loss is to consult immediately with a hair loss specialist, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. Upon your initial hair loss consultation with Dr. Green, she will physically assess the condition of your scalp and hair, as well as discuss with you in-depth your medical and family history to construct a customized hair loss treatment plan that best suits your specific needs.
What causes black women’s hair loss?
Black women may experience hair loss that is genetic, hormonal, stress-related, as a side effect of certain medications, or related to an underlying health condition, among other reasons. Black women are more susceptible, however, to encountering a particular type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that is induced by repeated pulling on the hair, such as when styling, and typically presents as a receding hairline around the forehead, nape of the neck, and temples. Traction alopecia can be reversible if it is treated quickly. If traction alopecia goes untreated, this hair loss can be permanent.
Some preventative measures can be taken to protect black women’s hair from traction alopecia, including wearing looser protective hairstyles like braids, avoiding chemical relaxers, changing hairstyles more frequently, wearing wigs with a satin wig cap, using low heat settings for styling. Chemical hair relaxers straighten the hair by penetrating the hair shafts and releasing the natural curl pattern. The process of relaxing hair causes it to be much more susceptible to breakage and can lead to permanent damage and hair loss. It may be difficult to determine on your own whether or not you are experiencing hair loss. If you are unsure, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with a hair loss specialist, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the globe with the best treatment options available, including for traction alopecia. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to determine the underlying causes of your hair loss and develop a treatment plan that best suits your specific needs.
What works best for women’s hair loss?
There is no one answer to this question since it depends on the cause of female hair loss. However, there are a number of treatment options available for preventing hair loss, as well as lifestyle adjustments that can be made to maintain healthy hair. Stress is one of the underlying causes of hair loss, and finding ways to best manage stress can help regulate systemic cortisol levels. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can cause hair loss when levels are elevated. Nutrient deficiencies can also cause hair loss. Lowering stress levels and maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet can also help prevent hair loss. Other hair loss treatment options include topical and oral minoxidil, oral medications like spironolactone or finasteride, supplements like Nutrafol, procedures like injections of platelet-rich plasma, medical devices like the Laser Cap, and scalp facials, such as the Hydrafacial Keravive.
The best way to develop a hair loss treatment plan that caters to your specific needs is to consult with a hair loss specialist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York City by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and The New York Times for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you meet with Dr. Green for your hair loss treatment plan in her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to determine which unique combination of treatment options is best suited to your needs.
What causes female hair loss at the crown?
Classic female pattern hair loss presents as diffuse volume loss due to the hair shafts themselves becoming thinner. A noticeably wider hair part and concentration of hair loss at the crown may be the first visible signs of female pattern hair loss. Hormonal imbalances may also contribute to hair thinning at the crown in women. Women are much less likely than men to experience a receding hairline and are, in general, more commonly affected by hair loss at the crown.
Which hormones affect hair loss?
One of the contributing factors to female hair loss is hormonal imbalances. Cortisol, thyroid, and testosterone are the most common hormones that influence hair loss patterns in women. Cortisol is a hormone that is released during both short-term and long-term mental, physical, or emotional stress. High levels of cortisol can interfere with the normal activity of the hair follicles, causing hair loss. Thyroid conditions, including both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, can also negatively affect hair regrowth patterns by disrupting normal cycles. Elevated levels of testosterone in women can also contribute to hair loss. Testosterone is an androgen hormone that converts to DHT, which binds to the hair follicles and prevents healthy hair growth.
Although testosterone is a male androgen hormone, it is present in both sexes, and an imbalance in testosterone in men and women could lead to hair loss. To determine whether a hormonal imbalance contributes to your female hair loss, it is essential to consult with an expert in hair loss, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. When you meet with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will physically assess the condition of your scalp and hair, as well as order certain blood tests to identify any potential imbalances. The results of the blood tests may influence the recommended hair loss treatment options that are integrated into your treatment plan.
How can I stop my hair from falling out?
The best way to keep hair from falling out is by consulting as soon as possible with a hair loss specialist, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City. The key to successfully treating hair loss and hair thinning is to identify the underlying causes of your hair loss and address them appropriately. A hair loss specialist, such as Dr. Green, can identify your pattern of hair loss upon physical evaluation, as well as order any necessary tests, including blood tests and scalp biopsies. Dr. Green will discuss with you in-depth your medical and family history in addition to going over lifestyle practices and behaviors that may influence your hair loss. Together with Dr. Green, you will establish a personalized treatment plan for your hair loss that incorporates in-office procedures, topical treatments, oral medications and supplements, and innovative devices to keep your hair from falling out and promote new, healthy hair growth.
What is female pattern hair loss?
Female pattern hair loss, a medical condition that is also known as androgenic alopecia, is one of the most common types of hair loss. Female pattern hair loss is characterized by a pattern of hair loss that presents as diffuse thinning hair, potentially with a concentration of hair loss on the top of the head over time. Androgenic alopecia is a condition that affects both men and women, and for male patients, the medical condition is also known as male pattern hair loss. Male pattern hair loss typically presents first as a receding hairline along the forehead, creating the characteristic “M” appearance of the hair. Male pattern hair loss may also, however, occur primarily on the crown of the head. For women, androgenic alopecia typically manifests as a widening of the center hair part over time and greater hair loss on the crown. A dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City, can diagnose female pattern hair loss and male pattern hair loss by evaluating the condition of the scalp and hair and identifying the pattern of hair loss that is present
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How to fix thinning hair for women
There are many treatments available to help address thinning hair for women. The first step in hair thinning treatment is to consult with an expert, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC. During your initial hair loss consultation with Dr. Green, she will be able to determine the root cause of your hair thinning or hair loss and then prescribe the best treatment or series of treatments to meet your need. When it comes to fixing thinning hair, Dr. Green may suggest beginning with topical treatments, such as topical or oral minoxidil, or oral and topical Propecia, oral Spironolactone, which helps to promote the regrowth of hair and boost hair volume, or platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP injections), which helps to strengthen the hair follicles. It is important to work with an expert in hair loss to develop a hair loss treatment plan that is catered to your specific needs and incorporates the hair loss treatment options that best suit you.
What helps hair loss in women?
When patients ask what to do for hair loss in females, the answer is that there are many options available at internationally renowned, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green’s dermatology office. When hair loss or hair thinning is caused by a hormone imbalance, Dr. Green may first recommend taking an anti-androgen medication, such as spironolactone, or an oral contraceptive. These treatments can address the root cause of the condition and prevent further hair loss. Oral treatments such as finasteride or minoxidil can help to address hair loss in women by promoting hair growth and strengthening the hair follicles. Using the wrong hair loss treatment or the wrong combination of hair loss treatments may even result in the worsening of the condition, making it critical to first meet with a hair loss specialist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City.
Can female hair loss grow back?
To effectively treat female hair loss, it is important to seek treatment from a hair loss specialist as soon as possible. Treating hair loss early is the best way to prevent severe hair loss and promote new hair growth. The first step in treating hair loss and thinning and achieving hair regrowth for women is always to make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Consulting with an expert is essential to receive the best recommendations regarding hair loss treatment options to meet your specific needs. There are many treatment options, including topical minoxidil, oral medications like finasteride, spironolactone, and minoxidil, as well as in-office procedures like PRP and supplements like Nutrafol.
To promote hair regrowth, Dr. Green may recommend starting treatment with Platelet-rich plasma injections into the scalp. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can help to strengthen the hair follicles, to promote thicker, healthier hair regrowth. PRP is derived from a sample of the patient’s own blood and contains a multitude of epidermal growth factors that contribute to the health of hair follicles. Minoxidil is another medication that can help promote the regrowth of hair for women. Minoxidil can be prescribed topically or orally. Minoxidil helps to increase blood flow and growth factor delivery to the hair follicles, leading to stronger, thicker hair follicles. The treatment can also help to shorten the hair loss, or telogen phase, meaning that less hair will fall out in the future. Since there are so many potential underlying causes of hair loss and numerous hair loss treatment options available, it is imperative to consult with an expert like Dr. Green to maximize hair regrowth.
How do I get started with treating my female hair loss today?
Hair loss can be a devastating condition, and this is particularly true for women. For many women with hair loss and hair thinning, their condition may induce feelings of self-consciousness or low self-esteem. There are many potential contributing factors when it comes to hair loss and hair thinning, including genetics, hormonal imbalances, stress, diet, hair styling practices, underlying health conditions, certain medications, and more. A hair loss specialist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC, can help determine the underlying causes of hair loss and recommend the best hair loss treatments for preventing additional loss and promoting new hair growth. In any case, the best approach for preventing and treating thinning hair or hair loss is always to have an early evaluation by a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green in NYC.
Dr. Green is an internationally renowned leader in the field of dermatology with the expertise and experience required to create a customized hair loss treatment approach that effectively addresses the underlying factors of hair loss, helping patients to maximize retention and new growth of beautiful, healthy hair. She embraces a holistic approach to treatment and is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York by New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and Castle Connolly. When you consult with Dr. Green in her private boutique dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you will discuss in-depth your medical history and any history of previous cosmetic procedures. As an authority in the field of cosmetic dermatology, with over 25 years of experience treating men and women from around the world for hair loss, Dr. Green will recommend a unique combination of the most cutting-edge treatment techniques, as well as specially formulated topical haircare, oral medications, innovative hair loss treatment devices, and supplements. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green to get started with treating your hair loss and achieving thick, healthy, beautiful hair, call the NYC-based office at 212-535-3088 or contact us online.