WOMEN HAIR LOSS : NOT A TABOO!
FEMALE HAIR LOSS CLINIC
Let’s talk about female hair loss!
It is fair to say that hair is important for women perhaps more than men. Indeed, given the importance of hair as a sign of feminity, a social and beauty norm, hair loss can undermine self-esteem. And even cause or contribute to anxiety and emotional distress. Henceforth, this is a very serious condition that should never be taboo.
Generally speaking, Female pattern hair loss (FPHL or the medical term alopecia) is the extreme thinning of hair and/or the development of bald spots experienced by approximately two-thirds of postmenopausal women.
The good news is that there are protocols and treatments to mitigate its negative impact. At Nar London, we understand how excessive hair loss and hair thinning can be to women of all ages. That is why we offer a Free Consultation at our Harley Street Clinic.
Is hair loss in women common?
It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs per day and they tend to grow back. However, extreme hair loss is something else and can really affect a person emotionally.
As said, hair loss is not an issue only affecting men. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss in their lifetime. So yes, this is not a rarity and it is a widespread condition globally.
Who is affected by hair loss in women?
Hair loss touches millions of women and usually affects Women:
- above 40 years old (and even younger);
- that just gave birth;
- Who have undergone chemotherapy and those who have taken other types of medications;
- Those that regularly have hairstyles that pull on the hair or use harsh chemicals on their hair.
What causes hair loss in women?
There are several reasons but the most common ones are:
- Family history (hereditary): Causes thinning of hair along the top of the head. This type of hair loss is called female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) or androgenetic alopecia or androgenic alopecia.) This type often worsens when estrogen is lost during menopause.
- Hairstyle: Heavy hair loss can happen when hair is styled in ways that pull on roots. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. This affects a lot of women even younger ones and if the hair follicles are damaged, then the loss can be permanent.
- Extreme stress or shock: Such an event could lead to temporary hair loss. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. It happens to hair in the resting stage.
- Chemical or Toxic substances, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and some medications: Such exposure can lead to hair loss. This type of hair loss is called anagen effluvium. This happens to hair in the growth stage. Potentially, it can be permanent if the hair follicles are damaged.
- Other medical conditions: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that can cause patchy hair loss on the head and on the body. This condition is usually temporary.
Hair loss in women & menopause
In reality, it is normal to lose more hair with the passing of time. Though, not many women understand the correlation between menopause and hair loss.
The aging process could mean that some women will experience androgenetic alopecia (or androgenic alopecia). This type of hair loss may worsen due to hormonal changes. During and after menopause, hair might become thinner as hair follicles start to shrink. Consequently, Hair grows less rapidly and falls out more easily. Female Pattern Hair Loss is often characterized by thinning hair concentrated at the crown and on top of the head.
Consequently, one cause may be the changing levels of hormones during menopause. During this phase, estrogen and progesterone levels tend to fall whereas the androgens, male hormones, are increased. Please note that other factors such as stress, diet or heredity, may contribute to hair loss.
What are the symptoms or signs of hair loss?
- Noticing more hair fall out daily;
- Seeing noticeable patches of thinner or missing hair,
- If the part on the top of your head gets wider
- Experiencing that hair break off more easily
Understanding of the Hair Cycle
The fact is that losing hair is totally a natural process. Therefore no need to panic, however, it is important to act fast if you notice abnormal and/or excessive thinning and loss of hair.
The natural process of losing hair follows a cycle. As new hair is created in the follicle, it pushes out the hair shaft, creating longer-looking hair. Typically, hair grows about 0.3mm to 0.4mm each day. Thankfully, not all hair follicles are growing new hair at the same time. Hair growth occurs in a cycle. At any given time, each strand is in a different part of the cycle. Otherwise, they would shed at the same time and we would be bald like a tree in autumn!
The 4 Hair Cycle
Let’s have a look at the different phases in the hair cycle:
1. Anagen: Growing phase
First, the stages of hair growth begin with the anagen phase and this is the longest phase, lasting about 2 to 6 years.
During the anagen phase, your hair follicles are pushing out hairs that will continue to grow (about half an inch each month) until they are cut or reach the end of their lifespan and simply fall out.
At any time, about 85/90% of the hair follicles on your scalp are in the anagen phase.
2. Catagen: Transition phase
Secondly, the catagen phase starts when the anagen phase ends, and tends to last about 10 days or so.
During this cycle, hair follicles shrink and hair growth slows. The hair also separates from the bottom of the hair follicle, yet remains in place during its final days of growing.
Only about 5 percent of the hair follicles on your scalp are in the catagen phase at any given time.
3. Telogen: Resting phase
Thirdly, the telogen phase typically lasts around 3 months. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of your hair follicles are in this phase.
This phase is also called “resting” because the hairs don’t grow during the telogen phase, but they don’t usually fall out either. The telogen phase is also when new hairs start to form in follicles that have just released hairs during the catagen phase.
Many experts consider the telogen phase the shedding phase, as well, but many scientists have divided this stage into two parts: the telogen and exogen stages.
4. Exogen: Shedding phase
Finally, the exogen phase is essentially a “continuity” of the telogen stage of hair growth. During the exogen phase, hair is shed but losing 50 to 100 hairs per day is normal.
This cycle can last about 2 to 5 months, new hair follicles are growing, and “older” hairs fall away.
FEMALE HAIR LOSS TYPES
Female hair loss tends to occur in certain patterns. The common patterns, and types, of hair loss in women, include:
- This is the most common form of hair loss in women (as it is in men);
- Strong hereditary component;
- Miniaturization of hair follicles with a progressive transformation of terminal hair follicles into Vellus hair (short, thin, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair);
- Ludwig Classification: Central thinning (Grade 1-3).
- Exists either in an acute or chronic form;
- Some hairs go from the anagen phase of hair growth into a telogen phase of hair loss;
- In the acute form, the cause is a specific event in the past (often trauma), the hair will usually grow back within 9 months;
- Steroid injections and/or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may help reduce the shedding.
- A scarring form of alopecia;
- Destroys the hair follicle, replacing it with scar tissue and causes permanent hair loss;
- Hair loss can be gradual or rapid;
- Associated symptoms may be may severe itching, pain, and burning.
- An autoimmune type of hair loss in which the body attacks its own hair follicle
- Could be associated with other autoimmune conditions
- Presents as small round or oval patches of baldness on the scalp. The area of bald skin looks smooth and normal.
- 90% of patients have regrowth of hair within a year. However, for some, it can progress to complete hair loss on the scalp (Alopecia Totalis), or even the entire body (Alopecia Universalis).
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia
- A form of lichen planopilaris
- Slowly progressive hair loss and scarring on the scalp near the forehead
- Eyebrows or eyelashes may also be involved
- Most commonly affects post-menopausal women over age 50
- A scalp biopsy may be helpful to make a diagnosis
- Caused by wearing various forms of traumatic hairstyling for a prolonged period of time;
- The pulling forces lead to mechanical damage of the hair follicles.
FEMALE HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS
As mentioned, female hair loss affects millions of women worldwide and it can be distressing. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a taboo or something to be ashamed of. Furthermore, there are treatments that can help. If you are looking for non-invasive hair regrowth treatments, PRP and PRF can be valuable options. Here below is more information on Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).
PRP THERAPY FOR WOMEN HAIR LOSS
Firstly, PRP hair growth restoration is a safe, natural solution that involves injecting the scalp with platelet and other growth factors obtained from the patient’s own blood to restore hair follicles and repair damaged tissues. This is a sought-after non-invasive treatment for hair regrowth.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
So, Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is obtained by taking a small sample of your own blood. The blood is then spun in a specific centrifuge to separate the platelets enriched in growth factors. The PRP “golden liquid” is subsequently injected into the scalp area to stimulate hair growth and promote healing.
Benefits of PRP for Women?
Thus, the PRP solution uses your own blood, and hence there is virtually no risk of cross-contamination or allergic reactions. This is one of the leading natural, non-surgical treatments for hair regrowth for women.
First of all, it is important to state that tackling hair loss is difficult and this is not a miracle cure. However, PRP has proven to be an effective solution. Indeed, PRP can reinvigorate hair follicles, and results can be visible a few months or even weeks after treatment. However, please note that the results can vary from person to person.
Fast Recovery Time
There is virtually no downtime and in some cases, there could be slight swelling that should last for 24 hours or so. Though, most patients can go back to their daily activities right away after treatment.
Thankfully, PRP treatment at Nar London is usually not painful as we use the painless U225 Mesogun. In some rare cases, some patients can experience very mild discomfort. Potentially, inflammation and temporary soreness are also possible but temporary.
How Does PRP Work?
The aim of PRP hair restoration is to stimulate hair follicles for healthier, more robust hair growth. In fact, hair follicles that are not growing may not actually be dead, but rather dormant, damaged, or compromised. And that is why the rich growth factors found within platelet-rich plasma can activate stem cells in non-producing hair follicles. As a result, the substance promotes cell growth and encourages the formation of new blood vessels to carry blood and nutrients to regenerate follicles. This is a natural process that uses powerful growth factors of your own body to generate hair growth.
PRP Hair Growth Procedure?
Most clinics use a local anesthetic to numb the target areas of the scalp as they do the procedure manually with a syringe that can be quite painful on the scalp. However, at Nar London, we use the U225 Mesogun to ensure a relatively painless experience. Using the U225’s very fine needles, the PRP solution is injected into the scalp, concentrating on the areas that display the most severe hair loss. We inject the PRP in a specific pattern to maximise the regenerative effects of the PRP treatment. Moreover, the procedure is safe as we use your own enriched platelets so there is virtually no risk of cross-contamination or allergic reaction.
How long does the PRP treatment take?
You should expect the treatment to do in about 60 minutes. It could take a little bit more time if combined with mesotherapy.
What to do Before PRP Hair Treatment?
The success of the treatment is highly correlated with the quality of your platelets and growth factors. In a word, the goods come from within you. Therefore, we recommend not smoking and avoiding drinking alcohol as long as you can before treatment. Moreover, eat healthily and drink plenty of water and other healthy juices. Ultimately adopting a healthy lifestyle is valuable for your overall health and not just for the PRP procedure.
What to Expect After PRP Hair Treatment?
Most patients experience minimal discomfort after PRP hair restoration injections. Though, there may be temporary very mild swelling of the scalp after the procedure. If that is the case, you should avoid strenuous physical activity until the swelling has completely subsided. Also, you should avoid washing your hair for 24 hours post-treatment.
PRP Hair Restoration Results
Again, hair restoration with PRP injections is a safe, non-surgical treatment with virtually no downtime, no scarring, and natural-looking results. Most studies have shown that patients see some new hair growth and improvement in density and thickness a few months after a PRP hair regeneration procedure. This said, we recommend several sessions and wait between four to eight months before optimal results are visible. Additionally, one maintenance session per year is very beneficial. Tackling hair loss is difficult and takes time and one should not expect a quick fix. Many patients at our clinic achieve dramatic, long-lasting results after PRP treatment. Ultimately, the benefits are clearly visible with the before and after pictures, and patients are often astonished by the positive hair growth.
Can PRP be combined with Mesotherapy?
Absolutely, PRP can be combined with Mesotherapy to enhance the results. To simplify, PRP utilises your own body’s healing abilities to stimulate follicle recovery and growth. And Mesotherapy is a powerful vitamin cocktail that we apply through micro-injections to help rejuvenate the scalp. Hence, the combination of both can create the best environment for hair follicle development and help in obtaining optimal results.
Who can benefit from PRP hair therapy?
Anyone can benefit from PRP therapy for hair even if you are not losing excessive hair. This stated, it is valuable for those experiencing hair loss is viable, particularly those with premature hair loss or thinning. In addition, PRP therapy often benefits conditions such as androgenetic alopecia, traction alopecia, and female pattern hair loss.
Androgenetic alopecia is a common condition in both men and women. For men, this is commonly known as male-pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, often progressing to partial or complete baldness (Alopecia Totalis). In women, this condition is identifiable by a widening part and overall thinning hair. Traction alopecia is the gradual hair loss attributed to a pulling force applied on the hair. This can be due to frequent hair-pulling styles such as tight ponytails, braids, etc.
If you find yourself relating to any of these conditions then PRP can be a valuable treatment option.
PRP Hair Treatment in London
If you are experiencing excessive hair loss or your hair is thinning over time and that is affecting you emotionally then reach out. If you want to undergo a natural non-invasive treatment, then PRP can be a great option. Nar London in Harley Street can tailor a personalised treatment plan to restore hair. PRP hair restoration can be performed alone or in combination with other non-surgical treatments, such as Mesotherapy. Schedule a one-on-one free consultation or book your session(s) directly online. Do not let hair loss affect you detrimentally emotionally as there are solutions.
How much does PRP cost?
1 session £450
3 session £1250
6 session £2200
PRP Hair Therapy in Harley Street, London, UK
If you are noticing excessive hair loss and are concerned, we invite you to book a Free Consultation at NAR LONDON in Harley Street. We have helped many women with hair loss and we take it very seriously as we know that it can be distressing… more so for women.