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Hair Restoration for Women
Maybe you’ve been dealing with hair loss for a long time, or maybe you’ve recently noticed more hair on your pillow or in the shower. Most women with hair loss are embarrassed to discuss the topic, thinking that it’s a problem that only affects men. But there’s no shame in it!
Hair loss in women is actually a lot more common than you think. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that forty percent of women have visible hair loss by the age of 40. That’s two out of five women!
And if you’re one of those women, we have great news for you. It’s totally treatable! Unfortunately, many women are unaware of the many treatment options available for female hair loss. Here at Sadick Dermatology, we offer customized female hair restoration plans, with results that are truly life changing.
What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
Most people don’t realize that women can have hair loss based on genetics, just like male pattern baldness. This condition, also known as female pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia, is passed down through genes. So if one (or both) of your parents has hair loss, you’re more likely to have it too. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
So why does this happen? Women with androgenetic alopecia have hair follicles that are more sensitive to a hormone called DHT. This hormone miniturizes the hair follicles, eventually leading to hair loss. Sometimes this hair loss occurs all over the head. In this case, you might notice a wider part or a smaller ponytail than usual. Other women with androgenetic alopecia lose their hair at the temples and crown.
Women with androgenetic alopecia often blame themselves for the condition, and seek to thicken their hair through volumizing hair products (which only mask the problem) and hair extensions (which can actually worsen hair loss). But it’s not your fault! We can’t control our genes. We can, however, seek treatment for hair loss (more on that later) to restore our hair and our confidence.
Androgenetic alopecia isn’t the only form of hair loss that can affect women. Women may also experience hair loss due to inflammatory conditions, illness, nutrition, and other abnormalities.
Diagnosing Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss in women is a complicated issue. The underlying cause of hair loss in women isn’t always as easily determined as hair loss in men, which is why we take a multi-pronged approach to your hair loss diagnosis.
First, we take a biopsy of your scalp to see if you there’s any inflammation, since some inflammatory conditions can cause hair loss in women.
We also do bloodwork to rule out other abnormalities. We look for vitamin deficiencies, as well as examine thyroid function, iron levels, and testosterone levels. Based on the results of these tests, we formulate a custom treatment plan to restore your hair.
Our Hair Loss Treatments for Women
Depending on your diagnosis, your plan will consist of one or more of these hair loss treatments:
We believe in taking an external and internal approach to women’s hair restoration, so we recommend nutritional supplements to many of our patients. These supplements are loaded with hair-healthy vitamins and minerals offer support for your follicles to grow healthier, stronger, fuller hair. Plus, they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reverse some forms of hair loss.
Low-Level Light Therapy
Low-level light therapy, also known as LLLT, uses red or near-infrared light to trigger tissue repair and encourage cellular activity. When used on the scalp, LLLT via our Omnilux system stimulates hair follicles to enter the growth phase of the hair cycle. Translation? Your hair starts growing again! LLLT is clinically proven, minimally invasive, and completely painless.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is an injectable treatment that uses plasma from your own blood to promote growth and healing. Hair restoration is just one of the many uses for this amazing treatment.
During PRP, we draw a small amount of blood, then use a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of the blood material. The plasma is then injected directly into the scalp. Don’t worry, we numb the area first!
After several weeks, new hair begins to grow at the injection sites as the plasma’s growth factors stimulate the hair follicles to grow new hair. We recommend repeating PRP treatments every three to six months for optimal results.
Believe it or not, at Sadick Dermatology, hair transplants for women are as common, if not more common, than hair transplants for men. A hair transplant harvests hair follicles from one area of the scalp and transplants them into an area where hair is sparse. Once these follicles take root, they grow new hair strands and restore hair density in the area.
When treating women with hair loss, we always use the FUE (follicular unit extraction) transplantation method. This precise technique transplants individual follicles. There’s no scar, so it’s easier to hide the harvesting sites. The results are full and completely natural-looking.
Custom Topical Solutions and Prescription Medications
You’ve probably heard of popular, over-the-counter topical medications for hair loss like Rogaine. Contrary to popular belief, these topical medications can also be used to treat hair loss in women.
We offer customized topical solutions based on your diagnosis, including formulas that help to reduce irritation and inflammation associated with some forms of hair loss. Additionally, we can treat hair loss with some oral medications.
If you’re a woman with hair loss, don’t hesitate to reach out to Sadick Dermatology for more information or a customized hair restoration treatment plan. We’ve got you! Call us today at 212-772-7242 to schedule your consultation and discover how you can achieve healthier, thicker hair once again.
My Sadick Treatment Plan
Each client will receive a custom program designed to address his or her specific condition. We believe in educating our patients and customizing a treatment program tailored to your specific needs while guiding you through the entire process answering any questions you have along the way.