Hair Loss in Women in Boston, MA
The image that most people associate with hair loss is likely a middle-aged male with a receding hairline, but just like men, women too experience hair loss. In fact, approximately one-third of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Female hair loss is one of the medical community’s least examined conditions, and therefore, it’s also one of the most difficult types of hair loss to diagnose. Female pattern hair loss is also harder to distinguish than male pattern hair loss because women tend to lose hair all over the scalp instead of in specific areas like men. Neem Medical Spa, located in Winchester and Somerville, is led by board-certified, internal medicine physician Dr. Rosy Sandhu and offers treatment for hair loss in women in the Greater Boston area.
Emotional Impact of Female Hair Loss
Hair loss and thinning takes a larger emotional and psychological toll on women than men because male pattern baldness and thinning are fairly normal in our society. Additionally, female pattern hair loss is vaguely understood and rarely discussed; therefore, women who suffer from the condition may experience feelings of low self-esteem. Society can also make these women feel unattractive and less feminine because a woman’s beauty is often associated with the length and thickness of their hair.
Our hair restoration specialist is fully aware of the psychological and social impact that hair loss has on women, which is why we focus our practice on female pattern hair loss. Our hair restoration specialist combines professional expertise and compassionate understanding of female pattern hair loss to help you find the ideal, permanent solution, so you no longer have to feel hopeless or suffer in silence.
Causes of Female Hair Loss
Male pattern baldness is more often than not linked to a family history of hair loss, but in women, hair loss can be linked to a number of factors and circumstances.
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) Causes
Androgenic alopecia (AGA) is a term that’s used interchangeably to describe male pattern and female pattern baldness, the most common form of hair loss that affects men and women. However, unlike men who experience hair loss in specific zones of the scalp, women experience baldness and thinning all over the scalp. Due to the unpredictable pattern of female hair loss, our hair restoration specialist uses the Ludwig female baldness classification system to categorize and diagnose his female patients.
Female pattern hair loss can be linked to several factors, such as:
- Infectious diseases, both viral and bacterial, and damage stemming from fungal scalp infections.
- Trichotillomania, a compulsive disorder that causes sufferers to pull out their hair.
- Loose-anagen syndrome, a condition in which the hair strands are loosely rooted in the scalp, causing them to be easily extracted when combing or handling the hair. This condition primarily affects fair-haired people.
- Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes sudden and patchy hair loss in the scalp and other areas of the body.
- Cicatricial alopecia, more commonly known as scarring alopecia, a condition where scar tissue from surgical scars, injuries, and other types of trauma covers the hair follicles, causing permanent hair loss.
Causes of Temporary Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss can either be permanent or temporary in nature, very much like male pattern baldness. Hormonal changes, stress, and certain medications can cause a woman’s hair to thin or fall out completely, only to regrow within a few months. Pregnancy and thyroid disease are the two most common hormone-related causes of temporary hair loss. Our hair restoration specialist can provide a definitive diagnosis as to the nature of your hair loss and create a treatment plan to prevent further hair loss and, if possible, regrow your hair.
Medical Causes of Female Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss has also been linked to several medical conditions and disorders, such as:
- Menopause, anxiety, postpartum depression, and other stress-inducing disorders.
- Lupus and other types of connective tissue disease.
- Cancers that affect the female reproductive organs, such as ovarian cancer.
- Anemia and other iron deficiency diseases.
- Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid disorders.
- Anorexia, bulimia, overall poor nutrition, and other unhealthy eating habits.
Drug-Induced Female Pattern Hair Loss
Both prescription and illicit drugs have been linked to temporary and permanent female pattern hair loss. Neem Medical Spa is one of Boston’s foremost hair restoration centers, and our hair loss specialist has the experience and professional expertise to identify any medications that may be the underlying cause of your hair loss. Some of the most common types of drugs that we have linked to hair loss in our female patients are:
- Illegal drugs
- Diet and weight loss pills
- Contraceptives with a high amount of progestin, a hormone that’s known to cause shrinkage and damage to the hair follicle
- Medications that are often prescribed for high cholesterol, thyroid dysfunction, gout, seizures, and high blood pressure, as well as blood thinners
- Radiation therapy, chemotherapy drugs, and other medications used to treat cancer
- Oral anti-inflammatory steroids, such as Prednisone
Classification of Female Hair Loss
Our hair restoration specialist diagnoses and categorizes female hair loss using the Ludwig classification system. Using this classification system, female pattern hair loss can be organized into three categories:
- Type I – The mildest form of female pattern hair loss characterized by early thinning within the crown. Hair loss at this level is often undetectable and can be easily camouflaged with certain hair styling and grooming techniques.
- Type II – Moderate hair loss characterized by a noticeable loss of volume and thinning (up to 50%) in the crown.
- Type III – Severe hair loss that leaves the crown visibly and completely bald.
Women who suffer from Type I hair loss usually have too little hair loss to justify hair restoration surgery. However, women who show signs of Type II and Type III hair loss are the ideal hair restoration candidates, provided they have stable donor hair along the back and sides of the scalp.
What is the Cost of Hair Restoration for Hair Loss in Women?
The efficacy, safety, and natural-looking results of hair restoration have made the procedure one of the most in-demand treatments for female pattern hair loss. You’ll receive a complete estimate of the procedure’s cost as well as accompanying surgeries during your personal consultation with our hair restoration specialist. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards as payment for all our procedures, and we even offer financing to make our hair loss solutions a viable and affordable option for our patients.
To make an appointment to discuss hair loss in women with our hair restoration specialist at Neem Medical Spa, located in Somerville and Winchester and serving the Greater Boston area, please contact us today. We highly suggest scheduling a free consultation via our online form so we can assess your concerns and create a hair restoration plan specifically for your needs.