At Sacramento Hair Doctor, we understand that excessive hair loss can be a life-altering condition that causes many women to feel unattractive and older. Hair thinning and hair loss hair loss can make a woman feel sad, lose confidence, feel self-conscious, and even develop feelings of depression.
Having visible hair thinning and hair loss is more common than most women realize. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, forty percent of women experience some degree of hair loss by the time they are age forty. In the U.S. alone, approximately thirty million women are affected by this condition. In our clinic, twenty percent of surgeries are performed on women. Women spend large amounts of money on hairpieces, hair systems, and wigs to hide their hair loss. They use colored sprays and sprinkle fibers to camouflage the color of their scalp.
What is important is that in many cases, this condition is treatable…and our innovative methods have proven to be highly successful.
We can’t wait to show you the results!
Dr. Prasad has a keen interest in helping women with hair loss look and feel good about themselves. She has undergone extensive training and has considerable experience helping women deal with this very important issue.
Written onApril 26, 2020
I had some hormonal hair loss. I was not comfortable with having a strip of hair removed from the back of my head. Then I found out about Dr. Prasad’s technique when a friend recommended her. My hair line was completely restored. The relief of stress of hiding my previous hairline was the thing I most appreciate about my experience. The results have been very satisfactory, her team is very welcoming, and the procedure was quick with recovery and results.*
Why does the hair loss occur?
There are many reasons why hair loss (alopecia) can occur in women. These include: forms of scarring alopecias where the body’s own immune system attacks the hair follicles, nutritional deficiencies such as low iron, and hormonal diseases such as thyroid problems or polycystic ovarian disease. Women can also lose hair because of prolonged braiding and pulling, known as traction alopecia.
Women can also experience so called “male pattern baldness” because of heightened sensitivity to the DHT in the hair follicles, causing miniaturization and subsequent falling out of hair on top of the scalp.
Various factors that may cause hair loss in women include:
- Changes in the hormones we’ve discussed above
- High levels of hormones during pregnancy leave some women with fuller and healthier hair; declining levels during menopause may have the opposite impact
- Starting or stopping hormone therapy, including birth control pills, menopausal hormone replacement treatment or thyroid hormone replacement
- Diseases such as thyroid abnormalities, lupus, multiple sclerosis, diabetes
- Infections, either viral or bacterial
- Physical stress – such as surgery
- Iron deficiency
- Side effects of prescription medications Poor nutrition & crash diets
- Major emotional stress or trauma
- Traction alopecia (hairstyles that cause excessive tension on hair)
- Surgical brow lifts
- Chemotherapy for cancer
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Allergies to food, medicine, and environmental chemicals
What area of the head is affected?
The pattern in which women lose their hair is very different than with men.
Women’s hair mainly gets thinner on the top and crown of the scalp. It usually starts with a widening of the center hair part. The front hairline remains unaffected except for normal recession.
THE LUDWIG SYSTEM
This shows the central parting of a woman’s scalp with no hair loss.
I-2, I-3, I-4
The width of the parting continues to get wider, indicating thinner hair along the center of the scalp.
There is dispersed thinning of the hair over the top of the scalp.
There is extensive hair loss on the top of the scalp, but some hair does survive.
Dr. Prasad will conduct a thorough examination of your scalp and hair loss pattern before recommending the treatment that will produce optimal results for you. She may use a specialized camera to visualize the miniaturized hair, check the density with a “Hair Check” device, or even recommend getting a scalp biopsy and pathology report.
Our goal is to keep your existing hair and decrease the continued loss. Dr. Prasad may recommend one or more of the following prevention methods (either with or without having transplantation surgery):
- Minoxidil (Rogaine®) – a topical medication Minoxidil is a topical, FDA-approved medication that helps to regrow hair in both men and women. It works by reversing the shrinking of the hair follicles. Earlier this year, the FDA approved a stronger form of minoxidil for women.
- Spironolactone (Aldactone) – a pill Spironolactone is an anti-androgen that works in two ways: it slows down the production of androgens (hormones) in the adrenal glands and ovaries, and it blocks the action of androgens by preventing DHT from binding to its androgenetic receptor.
- Laser Hair Restoration – Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) The low-level laser therapy process induces hair to enter the anagen phase (the phase that growth takes place in). It is completely painless and can be performed in our office using the state-of-the-art Revage 670 laser, or at home with a laser helmet (iGrow®).
- Natural Supplements In some cases, natural supplements such as Saw Palmetto, Biotin, and skin, nail, and hair vitamins may be recommended as part of the treatment process.
Hair Restoration Injection Therapy is a nonsurgical method to treat hair loss for those patients who do not want surgery. This is not a medication but a medical treatment approved by the FDA for use in plastic and reconstructive surgery. These injections helps to repair and remodel damaged tissue. The combination is injected into the scalp area. This injection helps to decrease the amount of miniaturized hair by making the follicles healthier and more robust. This creates better hair growth.
- Hair Transplant Surgery If there is enough hair thinning and hair loss, then surgical transplantation may be the best option. If hair transplant is done on a patient with specific areas of hair loss, the results can be very natural looking and satisfying. We can perform either the standard FUT or the FUE method, but in either case, there is no visible scar (especially in women with longer hairstyles).*
*Individual results may vary.