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Hair Loss

How Is Hair Loss Different For Women Than Men?

The problem of hair loss can be faced by both men and women. While men experience receding hair line and bald patch on the crown, women experience a more diffused and distributed hair loss that affects the density and volume of the hair. Apart from genetics and hormonal imbalance, poor nutrition, poor blood circulation, protein deficiency, use of birth control pills, can also cause hair loss in women. Women also suffer from seasonal hair loss, traction alopecia, telogen effluvium, and female pattern hair loss, and to get it effectively treated, one must consult a dermatologist.

What leads to hair fall?

Hair is a non-living part of our body, just like nails. The hair follicles are the tissues that regulate the growth of hairs. In case of hair fall, of most type, either these follicles are undernourished, damaged or dead.

The damage caused to the hair cells or follicles gets repaired by cell regeneration system of the body. But, with increasing age or due to hormonal imbalance, the affected area does not get the essential nutrients for repairing the damaged cells, and this leads to hair fall.

The factors that affect hair fall in women are different as compared to men. In women, hair fall can be caused due to:

  • Medical conditions like PCOD, hormone imbalance, anaemia, low vitamin D levels, postpartum hormone changes, cancer, and menopause.
  • Medications like the oral contraceptive pill, antihypertensives, steroids, and antidepressants.
  • Mental state like stress, depression and trauma.
  • Environmental conditions like pollution, dust, UV rays and photodamage.
  • Use of chemically treated shampoos, excessive use of hair sprays, hair coloring also cause hair fall in women.

Treatment for controlling hair fall in women

For this, consult with a dermatologist who will conduct a physical examination determining the type of damage and also perform an additional test to determine the underlying cause.

Treatment for thinning hair

Hair regrowth therapy which uses patient’s own blood is one of the most effective treatments. A yellow color fluid is extracted via centrifugation which consists of growth factors and essential proteins. Growth factors (FGF, PDGF) improve the health of the existing hair and nourish the scalp that promotes the growth of new hair, and also prevent further hair fall.

Treatment for balding

Hair transplant is the quickest and effective method to treat bald patches. In this procedure, the hair grafts from the more dense areas are taken out and placed in the balding region. The follicles are harvested individually and placed precisely according to the need of the procedure.

There are also other more effective treatments available for women, that help to correct different types of hair fall effectively. To know which treatment is perfect for an individual, one should consult with a dermatologist, to restore their natural hair volume and growth.