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Hair loss is a difficult experience for any one. But for women, it’s a different demon. Feelings of anxiety and helplessness can set in when they begin to experience female hair loss. We have talked about the possible causes of female hair loss and the varying solutions – but what about how the woman feels?
We are living in an environment where we are convinced we need to stay looking young – dieting, antioxidant-rich foods, chemical peels, anti-aging serums, anything to prevent or control the effects of aging – but hair loss is completely out of a woman’s control and often not easy to hide.
It’s detrimental not only to their self-esteem, but also to their identity as a woman. Women are bombarded with images of “long, luscious hair” advertisements and the “how to achieve beautiful hair” billboards screaming at them as they drive by. It’s no secret that this has become the standard of beauty – making it difficult for a woman to even admit these “shortcomings” to her doctor and inquire about possible solutions. This only delays the process in finding out the cause and preventing more hair loss in the future.
Women make up some 40% of hair loss sufferer’s in the US – but there are options for female hair loss.
Follicular unit grafting is one option. Dr. Kahen pinpoints precision grafts in terms of placement to give a natural look. It’s not just surgery but it’s an art form adopted by the Doctor. Each follicular unit can contain up to four hairs. The single hair grafts are usually placed at the forefront of the scalp at the hairline in random patterns, thus creating a more natural appearance. The rest of the grafts are placed slightly behind the forefront single hair grafts to create a more dense and profound look on the female scalp.
What are the causes?
There are a variety of factors that lead to hair loss. Below are just a few examples.
Low iron levels: Iron deficiency, with or without anemia, can lead to hair loss. Do not simply start taking an iron supplement without having your iron checked by a physician because too much iron can also lead to health problems.
Thyroid disorders: Both an overactive and an underactive thyroid can lead to hair loss.
Low Estrogen levels: Many women experience hair loss during and after menopause, when estrogen levels begin to drop. Other hormonal changes- changes in oral contraceptive use, for example-can also trigger hair loss.
Post-pregnancy hormonal changes: Similarly, new moms may find that they’re shedding a lot of hair in the first one to six months after delivery, when their estrogen levels return to normal. Actually, what seems like excessive hair loss is really hair’s natural growth cycle regulation itself, as high hormone levels tend to keep women from losing normal amounts of hair during pregnancy.
Dr. Kahen performs comprehensive testing and screening as well as scalp, hair analysis and genetic testing to detect the exact cause of hair loss.