Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hair Loss in women – What are the causes and treatment options?

At Newin Institute approximately half of the patients we consult are women. This may surprise a lot of people, but hair loss in women is more common that people think

Hair loss in women occurs roughly at the following percentages – 10% under age 20; 20% aged 20-30 years; 30% aged 30-50 years; and 40%+ in women who are over 50 years of age.

Hair loss in women can be very psychologically distressing, so women will often go to great lengths to conceal their hair loss, so the figures above may seem to high to the average person who looks around for hair loss in women in the general public.
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At Newin Institute probably the most common cause of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia, which probably makes up about 80%+ of the cases of female hair loss we see. However, there are many other causes of hair loss in women – these can include thyroid disease, iron deficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and alopecia areata just to mention a few.

At Newin Institute, Dr Rhett Bosnich reviews all female patients himself and if they have not had their hair loss assessed by a dermatologist or GP he will perform an appropriate review and arrange appropriate investigations. Once the cause of hair loss in a woman has been determined Dr Bosnich will determine an appropriate treatment regime.

If there is a specific cause of hair loss in women e.g. iron deficiency then correction of this problem will often result in improving hair overall. However, if hair loss in women is caused by androgenetic alopecia, unfortunately there is no cure. However, there are many treatment options that are available alone and in combination, such as medication, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment and Hair Transplant surgery (in some instances). This treatment needs to be instituted by a doctor who specialises in hair and progress needs to be monitored regularly with respect to medication and the regular performance of photographs to determine whether treatment is effective.

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