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What You Need to Know About Female Hair Loss

While more than 95 percent of hair loss in men is caused by genetics, hair loss in women is often more complex. Stress, medications, diets, hormones, and even over-styling can contribute. The most important step in treatment is diagnosing the cause so that a proper treatment plan can be created.

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is the leading cause of hair loss in women. Clinically known as androgenic or andro­genetic alopecia, the hairs miniaturize over time. FPHL can happen at any time, but it is more likely to occur as women age. It’s important to start treatment early; if hair has been lost for too long, there is no way to get it back. However, with Optimal Platelet Concentration (OPC) Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), miniaturization can be reversed, hair can be thickened, and dormant follicles regrown.

The second most common cause of female hair loss is telogen effluvium (TE), which causes excessive shedding. TE is usually reversible, but both the hair loss and the underlying cause need to be treated. Many factors can cause TE, including pregnancy, rapid weight loss, stress, illness, and some medications. A combination of LLLT, Formula 82M, and supplements can be very effective. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to see a female hair loss specialist at the first sign of hair loss.

3 Things to Do Before Starting Hair Loss Treatments

1. Manage your weight safely. Avoid the appeal of a “quick fix” crash diet. Any rapid weight loss diet runs the risk of causing hair loss.

2. Get your vitamins. Iron deficiencies can lead to hair loss, especially during childbearing years.

3. Choose oral contraceptives wisely. Some birth control pills can contribute to hair loss.

Dr. Mary Wendel founded Medi Tresse in 2015 and has more than 10 years of experience treating female hair loss. With locations in Wellesley and Worcester, Medi Tresse specializes in non-surgical treatments for hair loss.