According to some recent medical studies, at least half of females in the United States will experience some degree of hair loss by the age of 50. Most instances of female balding are related to the common condition known as female pattern baldness. Women who deal with hair loss and balding often look for non-surgical hair replacement options to get their hair back to the way it used to be. Here are some things to consider:
Blame Your Genes
Female hair loss is thought to be tied to hereditary conditions that are passed down from one generation to the next, and most women will experience balding around age 50 once menopause kicks in. Some women experience hair loss gradually over a long period of time, others lose hair in clumps, and others can have rapid hair loss.
The Other Culprit: Testosterone
Women, same as men, inherit thinning hair from parents. In the vast majority of women, testosterone — the male hormone — is produced in larger quantities by our bodies as we age. It is this abundance of male hormones and the drop in female hormones that often leads to thinning hair and eventual hair loss. The changes in hormone composition and levels can wreak havoc on the body and make it easier for hair to become thin, brittle, and fall out.
What to Expect, and What to Do
As balding progresses, the hair that is left behind is very soft, fine, and light colored- often referred to as peach fuzz hair. In advanced hair loss, the fuzz falls out, leaving just the scalp, bare and shiny. For beginning hair loss, some treatments are available that can help stimulate new growth and strengthen existing hair. However, for more advanced hair loss it is often difficult to get hair regrowth and this is where many women turn to surgical implants.
There are non-surgical hair replacement options available but they need to be carefully discussed and all pros and cons need to be considered before you make your choice. Contact us today to get started!