As much as we hate addressing this subject, the fact remains that about a third of women experience hair loss or alopecia at some point. Additionally, about two-thirds of women suffer from hair thinning or bald spots, post-menopause. There are several causes leading to hair loss, such as genes, lifestyle choices, hormonal imbalance, etc. Stress, trauma to the hair from styling, and dietary deficiencies can also cause hair loss. Whether the hair loss is permanent or temporary, your doctor can diagnose the cause and suggest the appropriate options for female hair restoration treatment in Maryland.
Medical therapies such as Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Topical Minoxidil (also called Rogaine) and oral Propecia (Finasteride) are the two FDA approved drugs that are widely used to treat female pattern baldness or genetic hair loss. Minoxidil is a topical solution that is directly applied on the scalp where the hair is thinning. To see results, you will need to use the drug for at least two to six months. Side effects may include scalp irritation and they should never be used by women who could be pregnant. Off-label treatment with Dutasteride can also be effective and has a similar side effect profile to Finasteride.
Also called spironolactone, Aldactone is a drug that treats hair loss by acting as an anti-androgen. It helps women suffering from hair loss due to high androgen levels. The drug slows the production of androgens and decreases the processing of testosterone by binding to its androgenic receptor.
For women suffering from alopecia areata, corticosteroid injections are a treatment option. The injections are administered to the affected area and repeated every four to six weeks. It may require about four weeks before results are noticeable.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy
PRP therapy is a three-step treatment option to counter hair loss and hair thinning. The steps include:
- Drawing the patient’s blood
- Processing the blood into three layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.
- Injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the scalp.
Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP)
This female hair restoration process involves creating minute, layered, black dots using a tatoo process on the scalp that create the illusion of denser hair with natural-looking definition and depth. The dots look like natural hair follicles and blend in with your complexion.
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Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) or Laser Therapy
Laser therapy stimulates hair growth in women experiencing female pattern baldness and androgenic alopecia. Laser devices emit light and can make hair thicker. These devices are available as combs, brushes or helmets. You may have to wait several weeks to months until you notice the results.
Also known as Nizoral, ketoconazole is a drug used in the form of shampoo for women suffering from hair thinning and loss. It comprises antifungal agents that slow down the production of testosterone and androgens in the body that cause hair loss.
This surgical approach to hair restoration takes hair from areas of strong growth and moves those follicles to areas of need. It can take 3-12 months until the implanted follicles start to grow in their new location.
Thinning hair in women may have a deeper cause and not just impact your physical appearance. If you are facing hair loss and thinning issues, visit the best hair transplant clinic in Maryland to consult medical experts.
Dr. Douglas Burka is a Board Certified General Surgeon who completed his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC. As the founder of the Mane Center for Advanced Hair Restoration, Maryland, Dr. Burka’s goal is to assist patients suffering from hair loss to regain their confidence. Since hair restoration is a major decision for most patients, his clinic follows a strict “no sales pressure” policy. Reputed as a highly-skilled and knowledgeable surgeon, he and his team of expert medical professionals provide superior and personalized hair loss treatment to patients.