Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male condition, women make up a significant percentage of hair loss sufferers. Forty percent of women have visible hair loss by the time they’re 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Hair loss in women can be devastating for self image and emotional well-being but warrants further cause for concern, considering how many factors can be responsible.
Society in general doesn’t find it easy to accept female hair loss compared to hair loss in men and as a result it can be hard for a woman to know who to turn to. Most seek advice from their trusted GP if they’re experiencing excessive hair loss but unfortunately, the medical community pays little attention to the issue of women’s hair loss. Since hair loss is not exactly life threatening, physicians often overlook women’s complaints about hair loss and tell their patients that it’s no big deal.
Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes hair loss in women can be a temporary response to a one-off experience such as an operation, fever or childbirth and referred to as telogen effluvium.
“If the stress was a one-off, then telogen effluvium will often correct itself,” Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre explains. “However, treatment for the loss of hair can help to minimise the damage, particularly if there is a tendency toward female pattern hair loss, whilst the body is dealing with the crisis.”
Other times hair loss can be the result of a more serious problem such as a thyroid disease, endometriosis or polycystic ovarian disease.
“These illnesses don’t always, but can lead to hair loss,” Leonora says. “Endometriosis, for instance, can sometimes lead to anaemia which can also affect hair loss. But using hair loss treatments while you’re addressing the illness will minimise the damage.”
And in some cases hair loss is simply the result of genetics but this doesn’t mean that you have to learn live with it. Hair loss seriously affects a woman’s self-esteem, perhaps more so than men, and the psychological damage of feeling unattractive can be just as devastating as any serious disease. In fact it can take an emotional toll that directly affects physical health.
“Depending on peoples’ tendencies, the stress some people experience as a result of hair loss can bring out skin problems like rashes, can increase stomach acid levels and may lead to depression,” advises Leonora.
Of course hair loss is a personal issue that warrants the advice of your trusted GP but if you feel you’re not being taken seriously, a hair loss specialist can diagnose the condition and make the required recommendations. In some cases treatment may not be necessary and a simple change in lifestyle may be all you need. In other cases you may need to address the underlying cause before hair growth returns to normal and sometimes there is no other alternative but treatment for hair loss.
In any case, there are hair loss treatments for women that aim to generate hair growth. Whether for the treatment of hair loss or just to give the scalp a helping hand while the underlying cause is being dealt with, hair loss treatments for women can offer amazing results.
What make the Belgravia Centre stand out from the crowd are its individually tailored hair loss treatment programs that aim to address all aspects of hair loss. Minoxidil is the main medication used in women that has the approval of the FDA in treating hair loss. It works to stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation to the scalp and allowing the hair follicle to soak up the nutrients required for healthy hair growth. It has high success rates and minimal side effects (affecting less than 4 percent of users) which are mostly dermatological and cease once use of the medication has stopped.
You may have heard that Propecia is the best treatment for genetic hair loss but it is (unfairly) not suitable for women. High strength minoxidil and a range of hair growth boosting ingredients available from Belgravia have been seen to produce significant regrowth results for many women with hair loss who visit us for treatment. For more information on our available treatments and those which may be suitable for you, please contact the centre.
Hair loss can be a stressful experience and often the sufferer’s main fear is that they will go bald. This rarely happens in women but it doesn’t make the situation less devastating. Hair loss can take over one’s life and really affect their confidence and self-esteem. The Belgravia Centre is an empathetic and professional hair loss clinic which offers free consultations to give concerned individuals answers to some hard questions as well as hope. Contact the centre on 020 7730 6666 to arrange a free consultation or email us. Alternatively, for a free online diagnosis and treatment recommendations for home-use, complete our online diagnostic form and a trichologist from the centre will contact you.