Hair Loss in Women
Patient A: I lose so many hairs everyday, how do I slow down the loss process?
A woman’s hair allows her to create her beauty and sexuality. Yet, hair loss in women is common and ranges from a variety of causes. The most common is that of female pattern hair loss which starts with a gradual hair thinning/ shedding where family history can play a role. It is normal to lose between 50-100 strands of hair per day and can increase with age. However, increasing number of hair shed during showering or hair dressing should prompt you to seek treatment. The frontal hair line may or may not be affected.
A consideration of other causes that could result in hair loss is pertinent such that treatment can be targeted. Basic blood tests that aim to replace iron, zinc and rule out concurrent thyroid or autoimmune disease can be considered.
Needless to say, the psychological impact can be severe and hence needs to be treated promptly.
What can we do to arrest the ongoing hair loss?
Steps To Arresting Loss of Hair
A diagnosis should be achieved using a combination of presenting history, physical examination and relevant blood tests. Other diagnoses such as telogen effluvium, alopecia arreata should also be entertained.
(2) Topical Therapy
Topical Minoxidil 2-5% is encouraged as a scalp shampoo to prolong the the growth phase of the scalp hair.
(3) Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy in the form of a comb or helmet can seek to improve overall hair density, commonly seen after usage for at least 6 months.
(4) Nutrient & Growth Factors Injection To Scalp
This aims to provide the scalp with sufficient nutrients and an ideal environment for hair to grow and recover.
(5) Hair Transplantation
Should the area of defect be large, a hair transplant can be considered to target severely affected areas.
For women, the hair is an attribute that expresses individuality and attractiveness. Any defect should be addressed as soon as possible. Find out more about your condition from your doctor today!