Female hair loss
Female hair loss
The causes of female hair loss in women are more complex than men. Hair loss might be down to diet, hormonal or genetic issues, or the result of illness or disease. Hair loss in women needs to be investigated by a specialist. Although female hair transplants are usually successful, other causes and treatments should also be investigated for prevention of further hair loss.
Because of this, it’s important that women see a doctor to diagnose the condition and, if necessary, investigate the cause. Once diagnosis has been made, we will know what we are working with. We can then design a programme of treatment accordingly. For female hair loss, we generally recommend that you visit your GP first.
Westminster Clinic will shortly be offering a specialist female hair loss package, including full consultation and review, blood tests and initial treatments
The following blood tests will exclude most diseases that can cause female hair loss in women:Female Bloods Download form
Once other causes of hair loss have been investigated, it is found that many women suffer Female Pattern Baldness. Also known as FPB or Ludwig and Savin patterns of female hair loss. These patterns of female hair loss consist of a well preserved hair line but with an oval patch of hair thinning on the top.
This has different genetics to Male Pattern Baldness but can also be treated by hair transplants and sometimes medication too. It is not uncommon (approximately 3% of women suffer this and it runs in families, affecting mothers and daughters). But it sadly isn’t realised that treatment is available. Some researchers believe that men can also inherit this type (FPB) of female hair loss too. Many women struggle with complex hair styling options, scarves, wigs and camouflage products when hair transplants or medication may be the answer.
Female hair line advancement
It is common for us to see women for female hairline advancement because they’ve always had a high hairline. This is not due to hair loss but is just their genetic pattern (Amanda Holden for example). It is perfectly normal and just simple genetic variation, however, many women are very distressed by it. It does look a bit like male pattern hair loss (particularly temple loss) and can give a masculine look sometimes and so women do try to hide it with fringes, scarves or more elaborate hair cuts. High female hair lines can be treated very successfully with hair transplants however – hair transplant information
Male pattern hair loss in women
In addition, women can suffer Male Pattern Hair loss ( Androgenetic, MPB, hair loss). Women can either genetically be more susceptible to normal amounts of testosterone that all women produce or, some illnesses can produce higher male hormone concentrations i.e PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome (symptoms include facial hirsutism but temple hair thinning), as well as after the menopause. This can also be treated by hair transplantation although it is useful to see if the condition can be stabilised first with anti androgens (Dianette or cyproterone acetate plus Finasteride).
Diet can be a cause of female hair loss, particularly for women (and some men) as keeping slim is fashionable. The problem is, low calorie or “faddy” diets often lack important nutrients. In the long term, this is generally unhealthy but in the short term, can cause poor hair growth or even shedding of the hair. Even if supplements are taken, the simple shortage of calories leads to a reduction in hair production. This is characteristic in anorexia nervosa where the hair loss becomes like wispy hair.
Iron is probably the commonest deficiency, as women lose iron during menustration and if sufficient iron isn’t eaten to replace it, body stores will eventually be used up. Most meat eaters can probably obtain enough but those who are vegetarian or only occasional meat/fish eaters, do need to be more careful about their food choices/and take supplements.
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What our patients say
Dr Rogers Compliment Letter 2015 – SG
When I arrived at the clinic on Harley Street I was welcomed warmly by the staff and did not have to wait long before the Surgeon (Dr Richard Rogers) came and introduced himself. I then sat down with Dr Rogers who spent time getting to know me, asking very detailed questions. He then spent some time with me penciling on different hairlines giving me plenty of time to think, whilst giving his expert opinion and advice on what would look the most realistic. When I had decided on the placement of my new hair line Dr Rogers made sure that I was happy with the outline drawn one last time walking round showing me it from different angles using a mirror.
Through Dr Rogers being so intent on making sure I was 100% happy with the procedure before going ahead really helped me feel comfortable and sure with my decision. With my hairline drawn and having been made to feel completely relaxed by Dr Rogers I was walked to the surgery. Even then Dr Rogers continued to make me feel comfortable introducing me to each of his nurses and explaining each step to me in detail of what they would be doing whilst he performed the procedure.
Having talked through the procedure with me and going over everything in extreme detail Dr Rogers asked me to place myself on the chair and then began to adjust the position making sure that I was completely comfortable. Now that I was sat comfortably and ready for the procedure to begin Dr Rogers began to guide me through each step before doing so. To begin with he explained that he would be administering general anesthetic to numb the surrounding area, and told me that it may hurt a little like a pinch. However, I did not feel a thing! In fact I didn’t even realise Dr Rogers had begun, he was so gentle and light handed I was shocked and of course extremely pleased!
With the first part out of the way and the surrounding area completely numb, Dr Rogers told me that he would now begin to remove the strip of skin. At this stage I could honestly not believe how it was possible that I could not feel my skin being cut away. Throughout the procedure I was not once in pain and Dr Rogers continually made sure that I was ok and checked that I was in no kind of pain.
Better still Dr Rogers talked to me throughout the procedure and joined in with conversations between the nurses and myself. This really made me feel at ease and at times I nearly forgot that I was having a hair transplant. With my strip of skin removed and the nurses now taking each hair follicle from the skin, Dr Rogers began to stitch my skin back together. Even now I could not feel a thing and before I knew it Dr Rogers had finished.
Whilst the nurses continued to separate the hair follicles Dr Rogers offered me some water and asked if I had any food to eat to help boost my sugar levels. Once I had eaten a snack and topped myself up with water Dr Rogers made sure that I was comfortable before the procedure continued. He then explained that he would be administering some local anesthetic to the surrounding area for the hair follicles to be placed. With the area numbed and having been told what was to happen next Dr Rogers began to make tiny pin pricks into my skin for the hair follicles to be placed in by his nurses. I cannot stress enough how I did not feel a thing and it was over with so quickly, he was a magician with his hands! It was now time for the final part of the procedure; the nurses began to delicately place my hair follicles in one by one.
With the procedure now finished and my new hairline complete, I was given plenty of time to slowly sit myself up. Dr Rogers then offered me some water and food to help boost my sugar levels. Now that I had my bearings back, Dr Rogers walked me into a quiet room and showed me to a mirror. He then said that he would leave me for a few minutes to look at the hairline. After a few minutes had passed he knocked on the door and asked if I was happy with the outcome, to which I found myself near on speechless! I told him how happy I was with it and continually thanked him for doing such an amazing job.
He then asked me to take a seat and began to explain in detail how to care for my new hair each day and gave me a detailed plan on paper. He then gave me a spray that he explained would help to clean any blood away from the surrounding area. After making sure that I was completely happy with the outcome and asking if I had any questions Dr Rogers shook my hand and wished me the best of luck with my new hairline.