Sadly, many women suffer in silence with hair loss. About five percent of women under the age of 30 and 60 percent of those older than age 70 are affected by thinning or loss of hair.
Female-pattern hair loss, usually associated with genetics inherited from either the mother or father, is also called androgenetic alopecia. This type of hair loss can start as early as the late teens, and the earlier it starts, the more severe the hair loss tends to be.
Most balding women don’t get a receding hairline or bald spot on top of the scalp like men do. Instead, there is visible thinning over the crown. In men and women, hairs are miniaturized because of a shortened growth cycle where the hair stays on the head for a shorter period of time. These wispy hairs, which resemble forearm hairs, do not achieve their usual length. The first sign of hair loss that most balding women notice is often widening of their part or that their ponytail is smaller.
There are medical conditions that can wreak havoc for balding women and these are usually characterized by excessive production of male hormones called androgens. Many of these women also have metabolic syndrome — a combination of five medical conditions including belly fat and high blood pressure that increase the risk of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
New research suggests iron levels may be low in women with hair loss and suggest iron supplements which may help.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) 5% is the only topical medication approved by the FDA for female-pattern hair loss. The once daily use foam treatment regrows hair in 81 percent of the balding women who try it. But continued use is the only way to continue growing new hair. Minoxidil works by prolonging the growth phase of hair, providing more time for hair to grow out to its full density. It takes three to four months to see noticeable results and it must be used once a day.
Proven to be the most sustained method for new hair growth, hair transplantation or hair restoration offers hope to balding women. And there is a tried and true hair restoration procedure called NeoGraft, considered “The Gold Standard” of hair restoration.
It took a dedicated 10 years to bring NeoGraft to the market and the minimally invasive procedure requires no surgery, takes 50 percent less time than traditional methods, and most people are back to work within two days.
Dallas NeoGraft experts have placed over two million grafts using the patented NeoGraft system. In fact, other physicians trust the Dallas hair restoration team to perform their personal hair transplant procedures.
Regardless of who performs your hair restoration, always ask for credentials and how many procedures they have performed, as well as a request to see a portfolio of before and after photos of their actual patients.