Top Causes of Hair Loss in Women
PRP FOR FEMALE HAIR LOSS
Excessive hair loss? Here are some top causes of hair loss in women
Let’s make it clear, hair loss in women is not taboo. In fact, this is a condition that is widespread and that is affecting millions of women in the UK and worldwide.
You might have noticed more hair swirling down the drain, in your brush, or on your pillow and that can be really distressing. If this could be of concern, it is also a common issue that doesn’t necessarily be a cause of alarm. In fact, it is normal to have 100 strands of hair each day. However, excessive hair loss and hair thinning need to be addressed.
In this article we will explain why your hair is falling out and when should you be concerned? If your hairline is changing and if you are losing more hair than usual then it may be time to see a hair loss specialist. At Nar London, we know how distressing hair loss can be for females and males. That is why we offer free hair loss consultation as there are many factors related to hair loss. Thankfully, there are non-surgical treatments that are available to women such as Platelet-Rich Plasma. Indeed, many studies show that PRP delivers excellent results in most patients. The PRP therapy is available at Nar London in Harley Street.
FPHL – Androgenetic Alopecia
Despite what many think, Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) or Androgenetic alopecia is actually quite common as it can affect around 40% of women by the age of 50. This is caused by a reduction in hair volume, combined with hair shedding. However, similar conditions can be caused by stress or hormonal issues, so it is important to discuss this with your doctor prior to initiating treatment. Overall, FPHL is very different than male pattern baldness, which is usually noticeable via a receding hairline or bald patch atop the head – but females do not generally follow a particular pattern and the shedding is more evenly distributed. For some, it may be their part getting wider, for others it may be the hair near their temples that are seen first – but generally the thinning is more widespread than for males.
In general, there is a phenomenon where the hair follicles stay dormant and do not grow again. Hence, treatment like PRP or PRF in combination with Mesotherapy can help stimulate dormant follicles and even create new follicles.
The reasons for women losing hair are manifold and we will present some of the causes below.
Top causes of female hair loss
Stress affects hair loss
Experiencing a certain level of stress is fine, however prolonged and intense periods of stress can impact your body and lead to hair loss.
Indeed, when you are experiencing a heavy amount of stress then your body will divert its energy to your vital organs and will send fewer nutrients to other less vital functions such as growing hair.
Commonly, hair loss resulting in generalized thinning is probably due to stress, medications, and nutrient deficiencies.
If your hair loss shows up in patches then it could be alopecia areata. This condition affects millions of people and it is an autoimmune disease that can be treated with the proper care.
In fact, autoimmune disease is often linked with inflammation. Therefore, it is important to understand the source i.e. if it is your gut, toxin exposure, diet, or an infection. And, using anti-inflammatory supplements such as Curcuma, fish oil and vitamin D can be beneficial.
To find out the root cause, our integrative health approach can potentially help you.
Iron deficiency and hair loss
Female hair loss often has roots in hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle.
In particular, iron deficiency especially in premenopausal women is very common because of the loss of blood in their menstrual cycles. Consequently, leading them to be more prone to iron deficiency.
Conducting a test that looks at not only iron level but also hemoglobin and hematocrit levels as well as a ferritin level. Moreover, if your iron levels prove to be too low, it is important to find out what hormone imbalances could be behind this issue. Additionally, heavy periods are likely the result of imbalances such as estrogen dominance.
There might be a need to do a liver detox and follow a supplementary protocol. Find out more about integrative health by clicking here.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and hair loss
PCOS is another hormonal condition that can contribute to female hair loss. This is a condition in which women do not ovulate or ovulate irregularly. PCOS is rooted in metabolic dysfunction, where either insulin is too high or there is an inflammation in your body. When insulin levels are high, it can increase the production of testosterone that can cause hair loss in women.
PCOS causes a disruption in metabolism and leads to hormonal imbalance. If that’s the case, you can have a course of supplements to help with excess testosterone levels.
Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism and hair loss
The Thyroid regulates many functions in our body. And hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can be a cause loss of hair. In those cases, the loss is often diffuse and impacts the entire scalp. The good news is that regrowth is possible after successfully treating the thyroid disorder, though this might take several months.
Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid does not create enough thyroid hormone, which can result in many symptoms including hair loss. An underactive thyroid can be related to the autoimmune disease called Hashimoto. The most common persistent symptom of Hashimoto is hair loss. If you suffer from Hashimoto, we suggest booking a free initial consultation for potentially integrative health coaching.
Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is overactive. It can also be related to an autoimmune disease called Graves’ disease. Often, people suffering from hyperthyroid also develop alopecia areata. If you suspect having hyperthyroid or hypothyroid then book a free consultation with our specialist.
Nutrient deficiencies and hair loss
Of course, your hair follicles need nutrients to function properly, grow and be healthy. If you are experiencing hair loss, then it might be related to nutrients and mineral deficiencies. For instance, not only iron deficiency but zinc deficiency also can lead to hair loss.
What Treatments are Available for Female Hair Loss?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for female pattern hair loss and one should not look for a miracle product. However, various treatments are available that can definitely help and make a visible difference. One of them is PRP- this treatment has been in use successfully to help with androgenetic Alopecia. Of course, results vary from person to person.
About PRP Therapy
This therapy uses your own blood and platelets to help stimulate the regrowth of hair follicles. Platelet-rich plasma injections are becoming increasingly popular as it is loaded with growth factors and essential proteins to help tackle hair loss.
PRP for Female Hair Loss
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-invasive and efficient treatment option for female hair loss.
In recent years, PRP therapy in treating hair loss as research has shown that the high concentration of platelets in plasma is efficient to regrow hair in both men and women suffering from excessive hair loss, hair thinning, and even pattern baldness.
This treatment involves taking a small quantity of blood from a patient, separating out the growth factors and other bioactive proteins using a dedicated centrifuge. The enriched plasma is then injected into the scalp areas at the level of the hair follicle. Consequently, the platelets are rich in growth factors and help stimulate the hair follicles and promote new hair regrowth.
The PRP injection goes across the scalp, approximately every cm, over the area of thinning hair. The technique is meticulous and involves minimal discomfort as we use the painless U225 mesogun. Moreover, there is little to no downtime after the PRP treatment and it is totally safe.
At Nar London, Harley Street clinic, we use Swiss Regen Lab tubes and centrifuges for the PRP protocol. Swiss Regen Lab products are of high quality and have one of the highest platelet concentration factor procedures used in London.
At Nar London, we have helped thousands of people regrow hair using the PRP technique.
Is PRP suitable for Female Hair Loss?
At Nar London, we offer a free initial consultation to help you identify if you are a good candidate for PRP treatment. We understand that hair loss can be distressing and emotionally draining so we take the matter very seriously. The Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy could potentially benefit Women:
- Experiencing thinning hair;
- Suffering from excessive hair loss;
- Looking for a natural, non-invasive hair growth treatment;
- Who notice hair loss post-pregnancy;
- Observing hair change following menopausal period;
- Patient with androgenic alopecia;
- Women who want to strengthen their hair follicles even if no excessive hair loss.
What can PRP achieve?
The results can vary from woman to woman. We cannot promise that this treatment will work for you. This said, we and many studies have observed the following benefits of PRP for hair:
- Slow or stop hair loss;
- Stimulate dormant and existing follicles;
- Significantly increase of hair regrowth;
- Stimulate the production of new healthy cells;
- Can decrease hair dystrophy;
- Non-invasive treatment option in Alopecia areata;
- Fuller and healthier natural-looking hair;
- Safe and reliable treatment.
How many PRP sessions are needed?
It depends on the individual and on the stage of your hair loss, age, hormones, and other factors.
Usually, we recommend a course of 3 to 6 injections, administered on a monthly basis for optimal results. We also recommend a maintenance treatment every six months or once a year.
When will I see results from PRP for hair loss?
Typically, it takes three to six months after treatment before results are seen. As we mentioned there is no miracle cure for hair loss and it takes time to tackle this condition. Even so, the rewards are worth it as our patients consider it life-changing as hair loss is not only physical but an emotional condition as well.
Also, keep in mind that many factors can affect the results and how pronounced they are. These factors include sex, age, and hormonal balance. Usually, results in women are usually much better than with men as genetics seems to play a much more important role with respect to male pattern baldness.
Where can I have PRP in London, United Kingdom?
If you’re suffering from excessive hair loss, do not despair and be confused by all the potential causes. At Nar London, we help women with hair loss to identify the root cause and find the right treatment plan. We offer non-invasive treatments such as PRP or PRF and also we can work on a tailored protocol that supports your overall health.