Women’s Hair Loss Treatment
As a woman, struggling with hair loss or hair thinning can damage your confidence and wellbeing. Hair loss, also called alopecia, affects nearly 33% of women during their lifetime, and 66% of women experience bald spots or hair thinning. Recent advances in female hair loss treatments have helped women living with alopecia or thinning hair reverse or halt hair loss and regain confidence.
Rone Health is proud to offer hair loss treatment for women in the Atlanta metro area and beyond. We help women treat hair loss by assessing their unique hair loss concerns and offering personalized treatment options.
What is Causing Your Hair Loss?
There are several causes for thinning hair, bald spots, and loss of hair in women. The most common types of hair loss in women are androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata, and telogen effluvium. Different factors cause each of these types of hair loss to occur.
Androgenetic or androgenic alopecia is a type of hair loss experienced by men and women. Androgenetic alopecia typically starts between 12 and 40 years old, with around 50% of people experiencing noticeable hair loss by age 50.
The presence of hormones called androgens causes this type of female pattern hair loss. These hormones shrink your hair follicles, causing your hair to become finer and shorter over time. For women, androgenetic alopecia usually causes hair thinning or a receding hairline.
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss caused by autoimmune-related medical conditions. If you suffer from alopecia areata, you may lose hair in a single oval-shaped patch or multiple well-defined patches. This condition affects approximately 2% of people, with most cases found in young adults and children.
Traumatic alopecia, also called cicatricial alopecia, is caused by damage to your scalp or hair follicle. Traumatic alopecia can occur due to infection, autoimmune disease, injury, burn, or as a side effect of radiation therapy. It can also happen if your hair undergoes repeated trauma from cosmetic hair practices like curling irons, flat irons, dyeing or bleaching, or using brush rollers.
Telogen effluvium refers to general hair loss or thinning, most commonly due to psychological stress or extreme changes in diet and nutrition. If you have this type of hair loss, you may discover numerous shedding hair after brushing or showering. This type of hair loss starts around two to four months after a cause, such as a crash diet or major surgery, and lasts for several months afterward.
Possible Treatment Options
When you seek hair loss treatment from Rone Health, your provider will discuss all available options for treating female pattern hair loss. Depending on the cause of your hair loss, your treatment plan may include one or several of the following approaches:
Medication and supplements
Minoxidil is a prescription drug often used as a hair thinning treatment for females. Minoxidil can stimulate hair growth in people with alopecia, reversing hair thinning and hair loss when applied directly to the scalp. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved minoxidil at 2% and 5% concentrations and typically works after two to four months of consistent application.
Your provider may prescribe anti-androgen medication like spironolactone to reduce your hair loss if it is due to an excess of androgens. Excess androgens can occur due to medical conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Your physician may have you take an iron supplement if they suspect iron deficiency is the cause of your hair loss. Iron deficiency may occur if you experience heavy bleeding during menstruation, have a restrictive diet, or have a history of anemia.
For women with alopecia areata, treatment may include a series of corticosteroid shots. Treatment can also involve taking oral prednisone or using anthralin cream. Anthralin is an immunomodulator that can help you see results in around six months.
A more intensive form of women’s hair loss treatment involves transplanting the hair from one area of your head to another. During this process, called follicular unit transplantation, a hair surgeon takes tiny hair follicle grafts from one piece of your scalp and places them into the balding or thinning area. The transplanted follicles grow naturally in the new location, improving the look of your hair.
Diet and lifestyle changes
Dietary and lifestyle changes can improve hair loss and thinning hair for some women. Deficiency in nutrients such as iron, niacin, zinc, selenium, fatty acids, Vitamin D, and biotin are tied to hair loss. If your healthcare provider suspects a nutrient deficiency is causing your hair loss, they may work with you to change your diet and improve your nutritional intake.
Benefits of Hair Loss Treatment
Receiving treatment for your hair loss and thinning issues can help you address the physical and psychological effects of women and hair loss. Research has found that 40% of women with alopecia experience marital issues, and 63% report that the condition has affected their careers.
Additionally, some studies have linked an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and social phobia to alopecia in women and show that the condition can adversely affect your body image, identity, and quality of life.
Rone Health offers hair loss treatment for women to combat these potentially devastating consequences of alopecia. Working with our hair loss treatment specialists can help you regain confidence and improve your enjoyment of life.
With Rone Health, you can discover and address the root cause of your alopecia and enact a treatment plan to stop further hair loss and restore your confidence. Our well-rounded care team helps you focus on all areas of health that may impact your hair loss, including nutrition, aging, and weight management, to improve all areas of your health.
Schedule a Hair Loss Consultation with Rone Health
Seek treatment for alopecia or hair thinning with Rone Health. We offer personalized care that includes a comprehensive hair loss consultation and concierge treatment plan. Our team of professionals can address your unique hair loss concerns and provide you with treatment options designed specifically to reduce or stop hair loss in women.