Women’s Hair Loss Solutions
Hair loss is often regarded as an issue that affects only men, but that’s not the case. About 30% of all women experience hair loss — and that rate increases dramatically for women over 50. But despite those high numbers, hair loss can often feel embarrassing and isolating for women. At DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers, our consultants are highly trained in identifying the causes of hair loss and the best course of action, helping you to see a thicker, fuller head of hair as soon as possible.
Causes of Women’s Hair Loss
First, let’s define hair loss. While it’s normal to lose and regrow hair, true hair loss occurs when you shed more than 125 hairs per day or lost hair is not replaced. Unlike male pattern baldness, which is almost always a genetic condition, hair loss in women can be triggered by a number of factors. These include (but are not limited to):
- Poor nutrition
- Physical and emotional stress
- Thyroid abnormalities
- Hormonal changes
Research shows that, through proper education and timely intervention, women’s hair loss can be postponed and — in some cases — reversed. With such a wide range of causes and risk factors, hair loss can often be prevented and treated by both non-surgical and surgical options.
Hair Loss Treatment Options
The first step to addressing your hair loss is to identify its cause. At DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers, it all begins with a confidential consultation. You will meet with an expert consultant who will work with you to evaluate your hair loss condition and determine whether it is related to genetics or your overall health. Based on these findings, a hair loss restoration doctor will help create a customized treatment plan. There are many options out there for treatment, and we will help you determine which plan will work best for you.
If your hair loss is not caused by genetics, our doctors may recommend any number of non-surgical options to help restore your hair to its full potential. Non-surgical treatments include:
What we eat (or don’t eat) affects all systems in our body, including hair. Sudden, extreme weight loss, protein deficiency, and anemia are just a few factors that may cause excessive, prolonged hair shedding. The good news? In most cases, this is temporary. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most women can stop the loss of hair completely.
Vitamin deficiencies that are likely to lead to hair loss include iron, vitamin D, zinc, and selenium. Our expert doctors can test for vitamin deficiencies and prescribe supplements to help restore your body’s balance and stimulate growth.
For many types of hair loss, prescription medications may be needed to stop further loss and stimulate new growth. But when it comes to medications, be cautious; there are plenty of expensive hair treatments out there which do not actually provide value. Only a physician trained in hair loss can help you sort out the myths from legitimate treatments for hair loss.
The LaserCap uses Low-Level-Laser Therapy (LLLT) to re-energize inactive hair follicles. Red laser light is absorbed by specialized cells deep within the follicle, providing energy to enhance cellular respiration and hair growth. As a result, follicles become awakened from their inactive state and produce thicker, healthier hair. The LaserCap conveniently fits into any hat, allowing for easy, discreet treatment wherever you go.
Prescription and non-prescription topical solutions have also been shown to help reduce hair loss in women. At DiStefano, we offer three topical treatment options:
Formula 82M contains Minoxidil (5%), Tretinoin, a topical steroid, and other proprietary ingredients that improve the formula’s overall effectiveness, stability and usability. Its higher strength of Minoxidil, addition of Retinoic Acid, and proprietary solubilizing and stabilizing process provides a more effective product with a longer shelf life.
Formula 82F, also known as Finoxidil, is a topical compounded prescription solution containing the FDA-approved hair growth medication Finasteride. Formula 82F contains Minoxidil (5%), Finasteride (.25%), a topical steroid to improve efficacy and reduce irritation, and a mixture of other proprietary ingredients.
PhytoFoamRX, compounded with TrichoFoam™, is an alcohol-free and propylene glycol-free foam vehicle for water-soluble and some liposoluble actives. Our blend contains Latanoprost, Minoxidil, and Spironolactone. This compound is clinically proven to help thicken hair and stop loss.
If our consultant determines that your hair loss is caused by genetics, a doctor will work with you to develop the best hair transplant procedure for your profile. Surgical hair transplant options include:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
This is the more traditional method of surgical treatment. In a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedure, a strip of scalp is removed from the back of the head and sutured, leaving a very small scar. Follicular units are harvested from this “donor area” and implanted into areas that are not growing hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
The Follicular Unit Extraction process is less invasive than FUT and provides long-lasting results. In an FUE procedure, each follicular unit is removed individually from the back of the head and implanted in the area in need of growth. The process leaves no scar.
Solving Your Hair Loss Together
Whether you’re just beginning to see signs of hair thinning or you’ve been dealing with hair loss for years, it’s time to make a change. At DiStefano, our consultants and doctors understand what you’re going through — and we want to help. Reach out to us to request your private consultation. We’ll help you get to the root of your problem and come up with a plan to fix it.