What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

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Hair loss or thinning can be disturbing for anyone. Women are experiencing this as well and about half of them will experience some form of hair loss by the age of 50. So what are the causes for hair loss in women?

Androgenetic Alopecia (female pattern hair loss) is a diagnosis currently suspected in 70% of women who have experience thinning hair and is a genetic condition. While some women follow a pattern loss, most will experience thinning all over the head. Androgenic Alopecia can start as early as one’s 20’s and can be highly devastating.

Hair loss can also be caused by non-genetic conditions.

COMMON NON-GENETIC CAUSES:
  • Nutritional deficiencies ( Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium)
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Infections
  • Abnormal hair growth cycle ( chronic tellogen effluvium)
  • Hormone changes ( estrogen, thyroid, free testosterone)
  • Stress ( both mental or physical, any illness)
  • Chemical exposures ( straightening, perms, dyes)
  • Heavy metals ( lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury)
  • Traction type hair styles (traction alopecia)
Women should be evaluated for treatable and possible reversible causes before considering a hair procedure. It’s best to visit with a dermatologist first who can order run labs to rule out any medical conditions.

For breakage, traction alopecia and many other non-genetic causes, PRP hair therapy can be a great option to stimulate follicular growth and strengthen the scalp. We typically perform 2 treatments 4-8 weeks apart utilizing growth factors from a patients own blood with possible touch-ups needed in the future. 

PRP Hair Therapy can be also be great for women in early stages of female pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) or in combination with hair transplant surgery via FUT or with NeoGraft. It’s best to have a consultation for a thorough examination and recommendations specific to your needs and goals for outcome.

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Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon