A growing number of women are seeking treatment for thinning and age related hair loss issues. In 2014, women contributed 15% to surgical hair restoration patients and 40% nonsurgical patients according to ISHRS data. It is often harder for women to seek help with hair restoration than it is for men. Transplant offices can be mainly populated with men but at The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa female patients find it calming to come in for their consultations and see an even mixture between both men and women.
For women hair loss and thinning can be devastating even more so than men at times because healthy flowing hair is tied to femininity.
Begin with a scalp examination by Mark A. Bishara M.D. P.A. and possible testing that will help rule out conditions that may cause the existing thinning of the hair and also a discussion about the patients lifestyle and how they choose to fuel their body with the right nutrition.
Androgenic Alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss among both men and women. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede. Androgenetic alopecia in women rarely leads to total baldness. In women, this form of hair loss is associated with an increased risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is characterized by a hormonal imbalance that can lead to irregular menstruation, acne, excess hair elsewhere on the body (hirsutism), and weight gain. This form of hair loss affects an estimated 30 million women in the United States. In women, hair loss is most likely after menopause. With Androgenic Alopecia hair growth begins under the skin in structures called follicles. Each strand of hair normally grows for 2 to 6 years, goes into a resting phase for several months, and then falls out. The cycle starts over when the follicle begins growing a new hair. Increased levels of androgens in hair follicles can lead to a shorter cycle of hair growth and the growth of shorter and thinner strands of hair. Additionally, there is a delay in the growth of new hair to replace strands that are shed.
Treatments for Women Suffering From this include: Rogaine (minoxidil) and LLLT treatments. LLLT treatments such as Capillus 272 are a great option for women that we also carry at The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa. Capillus 272 Laser Cap (FDA Approved Treatment) prevents hair from falling out and aids in increasing the patients existing hair mass by 30-40%. Most women are thrilled with the responses they get. More than anything else, women are excited to see that their existing hair is no longer falling out. Shampoos such as Nizoral (ketoconazole dandruff shampoo, McNeil ) or Nioxin can help clean up the scalp and perhaps improve the effectiveness  of other treatments. Vitamins such as BioSil and Viviscal target hair loss and help provide the missing nutrition that the hair follicles are needing. These medications increase women’s likelihood to hold on to their existing hair and improves the quality of hair growth.
PRP Treatments – Innovation to the World of Hair Restoration –  At The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa we implement several PRP Treatments a week. These treatments are done alone or in conjunction with Hair Transplantation Procedures to further enhance their results. PRP is used to halt or reverse miniaturization, the process that causes common baldness. A combination of PRP Treatments, minoxidil and LLLT are key for women experiencing hair loss.