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Hair Loss in Women - Causes and Treatments


Thinning hair is a common condition and there are several treatment options available.

Hair loss is commonly associated with men, however over 30 million women in the US suffer from hair loss according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Hair loss has several causes, and now there are several treatments available to make managing this embarrassing condition much easier.

As discussed on The Doctors today, some of the most common causes of thinning hair are stress, thyroid disease, fluctuations in estrogen levels, and lupus. It is possible to help prevent hair loss by regular visits to the doctor to monitor hormone levels. Iron, B12 and vitamin D supplements can all help to maintain hair.

There are treatments available in the doctor's office and at home:

  • Laser Treatment Low level laser therapy for hair loss is one option that uses light to stimulate hair follicles for improved hair growth. You can either visit the physician for treatment, use a special comb, or even wear a head piece that's easily hidden under a cap.

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  • Hair Transplant Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures using the NeoGraft device can provide a natural looking hair transplant result. FUE is the removal of follicular unit (groupings of hairs, one's, two's and three's) grafts, and used to be a very time consuming and expensive process. Recently introduced to the US, a European product known as the NeoGraft promises fast and efficient FUE hair transplant procedures. Dr. Alan Bauman, a top U.S. medical expert on hair loss and restoration for men and women says "Yes! Patients demand FUE and request NeoGraft by name." He says, "The major advantage of any FUE procedure is the lack of a linear scar."

  • Minoxidil/Rogaine According to Dr. Bauman's website, this medication is the first line of defense for women who have hereditary hair loss. It is available over the counter users should be prepared to wait 4 months before you see less hair loss. Also, it's around 7 months before you'll see new hair growth and it must continue to be used to maintain results.