By Martin Maag, MD
Female Pattern Hair loss or FPHL can result in loss of self-esteem, depression, anxiety and other emotional issues in many women suffering with this.
Wigs, hair pieces, styling products and topical treatments are only temporary masks to this difficult problem.
What causes FPHL? Androgenic Alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in women and in men. Other common reasons are thyroid disease, low blood iron levels, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, selenium, zinc, stress, pregnancy, even “crash diets” have caused hair loss issues. Some of the reasons can be treated if caught early enough, others will require a transplant.
As we age, it is common for men and woman to lose some of their hair, it is reported that (25% to 40% of females will have some form of hair loss in their lives.) Losing a lot of hair is what we would like to avoid.
New therapies are advancing the regeneration of the dormant hair follicles, but there are no guarantees this will be permanent. The pattern, age of onset, and final degree of hair loss show individual differences, but the emotional affects to those dealing with FPHL can feel the same.
Unless a woman wears their wigs or hats in public, Female Pattern Hair Loss is usually not difficult to recognize. FPHL has a distinct appearance, with thinning at the top and crown of the scalp. It usually begins with a widening through the central hair part. This is known as female Androgenic Alopecia. It is the same issue that causes male pattern hair loss. Female hair loss comes from a relative increase of testosterone. As women age and lose estrogen and progesterone, the relative concentration of testosterone in their system thus increases. It is this increased testosterone that causes facial hair growth, but also causes the testosterone-sensitive hair follicle to begin a slowdown of its normal cycle. The hair miniaturizes becoming shorter, finer and more brittle until eventually we have baldness.
Based on the numbers, good hair is very important to many people. The global hair care market value amounted to about 85.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 and is expected to grow to 102 billion dollars by 2024.
So, what do you do when faced with FPHL? We recommend that you consult your primary physician and obtain the appropriate labs. Honest Hair Restoration will provide a free consultation and discuss all the options that are right for you.
Honest Hair Restoration of Lakewood Ranch, we specialize in your hair problems. We treat both men and women with respect.
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