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Half of older women have hair loss, study finds While thinning hair in older men has been “normalized,” few women are prepared for it, experts say.

29.08.2023 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS, Latest Medical News

Menopause isn’t just about hot flashes and night sweats. More than half of women over age 50 will experience thinning hair, a new study showed. The result can be a blow to their self-esteem.

Thai researchers, scrutinizing the scalps of nearly 200 postmenopausal women, found that 52.2 percent had some hair thinning, a condition called female pattern hair loss, according to a report published Wednesday in Menopause. Low self-esteem was found in 60 percent of participants and increased with severity of hair loss.

Researchers, led by Dr. Sukanya Chaikittisilpa of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, recruited 178 women who were already being seen at a menopause clinic. They measured the women’s hormone levels, as well as the density of hair in the middle of the scalp, where female pattern hair loss generally begins.

The researchers, who couldn’t be reached for comment, found that among those with hair loss, 73.2 percent had mild hair loss, 22.6 percent had moderate loss and 4.3 percent had severe loss. In addition to age, a higher body mass index was associated with an increased prevalence and worsening of the condition.

What are treatments for female hair loss?

While it’s unclear exactly why menopausal women’s hair starts to thin, the new research suggested declining estrogen levels.

“Estrogen receptors are present in the hair follicles, which hints at its association with the withdrawal of estrogen at menopause that may affect hair growth,” the researchers wrote. Other hormonal changes may affect scalp hair and accelerate the change from the growth phase to the resting phase of hair growth.

While thinning hair in an aging man has been “normalized,” few women are prepared for it, said Dr. Mary Rosser, director of integrated women’s health at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York. Mothers rarely, if ever, talk to their daughters about menopause symptoms, so, for many, menopause-related hair thinning can be a shock, said Rosser, who sends her patients with hair loss to a dermatologist.

Hair loss in women may be traced to a number of factors, of which menopause may be one, said Dr. Emma Guttman,  director of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman department of Dermatology for Mount Sinai Health System.

“There are many causes of hair loss — such as autoimmune conditions and issues with the immune system,” Guttman said. “But the hopeful thing is, there are treatments for some of them.”

Hair loss in women can occur if certain nutrients are too low, such as iron, folic acid and vitamin B, Guttman said. Also, thyroid problems can lead to thinning hair.

Even if women can’t grow back the hair they’ve already lost, there are effective ways to maintain what’s left, such as injections of vitamin B complex, biotin supplements and platelet-rich plasma injections, Guttman said.

“Hair loss is a big interest of mine because, as a woman, I feel that hair is so important for identity,” Guttman said, adding that it’s important to check with a medical doctor before trying any treatments.

Some women are able to see improvements in hair density by using minoxidil, although improvements can disappear if the hair-growth product is discontinued, Guttman said. Minoxidil is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for female pattern hair loss.

CORRECTION (Feb. 22, 2022, 4:09 p.m. ET):  A previous version of this article misstated Dr. Emma Guttman’s title. She is the director of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman department of Dermatology for Mount Sinai Health System, not the chair of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Health System.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/female-hair-loss-menopause-treatment-study-rcna16389

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Tips to Prevent Hair Loss in Women

10.09.2018 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS

Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hairline and cause Traction.
Ditch hair tools that use high heat that cause manual damage.
Be wary of chemical processing that causes chemical trauma.
What you eat affects your hair.
Use hair products and treatments targeted to restore hair growth.
Consider a topical treatments for regrowth.
Scalp massage helps.
Essential oils help.

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Lucie collage

Before and After

27.03.2017 in BEFORE & AFTERS, FEMALE HAIR LOSS, FEMALE HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Lucie came to see us for an initial consultation back in March 2014 and was diagnosed with severe androgenetic alopecia, also known as female-pattern hair loss and with severe telogen effluvium.

Androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness) in women is often linked to hormonal changes with the hair loss following events such as the menopause, childbirth or as a result of stopping or starting oral contraceptive pills. The hair loss is generally more uniform over the scalp than in the male counterpart, but also results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone. The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be over sensitive to the DHT and become smaller and smaller with time, leading to the eventual hair loss.

Telogen effluvium occurs when the growing phase of the hair is interrupted prematurely causing the hair follicles to enter the telogen (resting) phase of the hair cycle earlier than normal.  Two to four months later, following the normal cyclic pattern, diffuse shedding of the hair begins. When this happens there are not enough hair left in the anagen phase, or growing phase, and the result is therefore diffuse thinning of the hair.  Telogen effluvium can be triggered by anaemia.

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ioana

Severe androgenetic alopecia – treatment in progress

20.02.2017 in BEFORE & AFTERS, FEMALE HAIR LOSS, FEMALE HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Ioana came to see us for an initial consultation back in February 2016 and was diagnosed with severe androgenetic alopecia, also known as female-pattern hair loss.

Androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness) in women is often linked to hormonal changes with the hair loss following events such as the menopause, childbirth or as a result of stopping or starting oral contraceptive pills. The hair loss is generally more uniform over the scalp than in the male counterpart, but also results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone. The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be over sensitive to the DHT and become smaller and smaller with time, leading to the eventual hair loss.

Ioana is using our Trichopeptide treatment along with our specialist shampoo & conditioner.

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shobhana

Androgenetic alopecia Treatment in Progress

10.02.2017 in BEFORE & AFTERS, FEMALE HAIR LOSS, FEMALE HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED, SCALP PROBLEMS

Shobhana visited us for the first time back in September 2016 and was diagnosed with severe androgenetic alopecia, also known as female-pattern hair loss.

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common hair loss problem and is linked to hormonal changes following menopause, childbirth or as a results of stopping or starting oral contraceptive pills.

Shobhana is using our Vitastim and Biostim treatments combined with the Follicle Builder and is now maintaining the excellent result we have achieved.

This could be you in 5 months! Get in touch with us today and book your non-chargeable consultation now. Call us on 0207 152 4473 today.

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