Hair Loss - By Secret Faces
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Hair loss is a struggle for both men and women. However, for women, it can be particularly devastating. Hair loss has an impact on personal confidence and can affect our sense of style and social confidence in areas like personal relationships, work, school, and basic daily activities.
Female hair loss, otherwise known as Female Pattern Baldness (FPB), affects 1 out of every 4 women. Recent findings have found that the incidence of FPB has been reported to be as low as 8% and as high as 87% and it does appear to be as common for women as for men.
Typically, men observe their hair loss earlier, whereas women will first notice it in their late 20's through their early 40's. In addition, men typically have localized areas (patterns) of thinning, while in women this usually occurs as thinning across the top, or over an even wider area.
Causes of Hair Loss
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss on the scalp and body. It usually starts with one or more small, smooth circular patches on the scalp. It can progress to total hair loss.
Problems with your thyroid gland can lead to hair loss.
Hair loss can be caused by a fungus, psoriasis, or dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis).
In women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), high levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body may cause hair loss. DHT (dihydrotestosterone), more abundant in men, is created from a combination of testosterone and 5-alpha-reductase enzymes. DHT can bind to hair follicle sites, accelerate the natural hair growth cycle, and cause hair to go into resting (catagen) sooner causing thinning hair with each cycle.
Because of an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone due to declining estrogen levels, thinning hair and accelerated hair loss is common in women during menopause. Hair on certain areas of the head that is more sensitive to androgen hormones like DHT (associated with male pattern baldness) may thin or fall out.
Certain contraceptive pills can cause or worsen hair loss. This is down to the sensitivity of your hair follicles and your genetic predisposition.
Vitamin C deficiency can cause dry, brittle hair and also hair loss as it can lead to anaemia
Iron deficiency anaemia is caused by low numbers of red blood cells (haemoglobin). It usually occurs if your diet lacks iron-rich foods, or you aren’t absorbing it correctly.
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) commonly used in hair restoration is “autologous,” meaning that it is derived from the patient’s own blood. To obtain PRP, a patient’s blood drawn and then is spun in a centrifuge to separate the solid from liquid components.
The injections for the medical treatment of male and female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), PRP can be injected into the balding scalp to potentially stimulate thin (miniaturized) hair to grow into thicker (terminal) hairs. Patients with thinning, but not totally bald, areas would be the best candidates.
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