5 Hair Loss Treatments for Women
Don’t let hair loss hold you back. This blog will tackle the most common hair loss treatments for women and why you can still achieve fuller, healthier hair.
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Hair loss in women
It is estimated that 52.28 percent of women ages 35 to 44 in Singapore note that hair loss is the leading hair concern. Moreover, a study published in Annals of Dermatology reports that androgenic alopecia or pattern hair loss is common among Asian men and women, with an incidence of up to 73 percent.
It’s worth noting that various factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, and lifestyle factors such as stress and diet, can cause hair loss. Therefore, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for appropriate treatment.
Dr. Tan Tyng Yuan – BSc (Hons), MBBS (London), Grad. Dip. Dermatology (UK),
Dip. AAAM (USA), Grad. Fellow in ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery)
Hair loss treatments in women
There are several hair loss treatments available for women, including:
1. Low-level laser therapy
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a non-invasive hair loss treatment that uses low-level laser light to stimulate hair growth. The light energy is absorbed by the hair follicles, which can help to increase blood flow and boost cell metabolism.
LLLT is effective in treating hair loss in both men and women. In women, LLLT can treat various types of hair loss, including female pattern hair loss, telogen effluvium, and alopecia areata. This autoimmune condition causes patchy hair loss. Moreover, LLLT is a safe and non-invasive treatment option for hair loss in women. Nevertheless, it’s essential to consult with a hair loss specialist or dermatologist to determine if LLLT is the proper treatment for your needs.
2. Hair transplant
Hair transplant, particularly FUE hair transplant, is a surgical procedure that involves harvesting individual hair follicles from the back or sides of the scalp and transplanting them to the balding or thinning areas of the scalp. While FUE is commonly associated with treating male pattern baldness, it can also be effective for women experiencing hair loss.
Today, non-shave FUE hair transplant is a trending procedure among women. Non-shave FUE hair transplant is a hair restoration procedure that allows patients to undergo a hair transplant without shaving their entire head. This can be particularly beneficial for women who want to avoid shaving their heads, especially if they have long hair.
During a non-shave FUE hair transplant, the surgeon will only shave small areas of the scalp where the hair follicles will be harvested and transplanted. This allows the patient to keep most of their hair intact and cover the regions shaved with their remaining hair.
Non-shave FUE hair transplant can be a good option for women concerned about the appearance of a shaved head or who may not have the option of shaving their head due to work or personal reasons. However, remember, a non-shave FUE hair transplant is not always suitable for every patient, as it depends on the extent of hair loss and the hair density in the donor areas.
Read: What Do I Need To Know Before A Hair Transplant?
Minoxidil is a topical medication used to treat hair loss and promote hair growth in both men and women. It works by widening blood vessels in the scalp, which can improve blood flow to hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. It’s an FDA-approved treatment for hair loss in women, effectively promoting hair growth in women.
However, it’s important to note that minoxidil is not a cure for hair loss and may not work for everyone. It also takes time to see results since hair growth may only be maintained if the medication is used regularly. Additionally, some women may experience side effects such as scalp irritation or unwanted facial hair growth. Nevertheless, if you’re considering minoxidil, consult a healthcare professional to determine if it is suitable for your hair loss.
4. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-surgical treatment for hair loss that involves injecting a concentration of the patient’s platelets into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors that can stimulate hair growth and improve hair density. The platelets in PRP contain growth factors that can stimulate the production of new hair follicles and improve the health of existing follicles. These growth factors can also increase blood flow to the scalp, providing the nutrients and oxygen necessary for healthy hair growth.
This treatment option, however, has yet to be approved in Singapore. Further studies are needed for the Ministry of Health to approve PRP treatment for hair loss.
5. Nutritional supplements
Hair supplements for women can be necessary for hair loss because they contain various nutrients for healthy hair growth. Hair loss can occur for many reasons, including genetics, stress, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and certain medical conditions. While supplements are not a cure-all for hair loss, they can help support healthy hair growth by providing the nutrients that your body needs.
Some key nutrients in hair supplements include biotin, vitamins C and E, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. While supplements can help combat hair loss, speaking with a healthcare professional before starting any new nutrient supplement regimen is important. Remember, hair loss has various causes; sometimes, treating the underlying factors can be more effective.
The bottom line
Understanding the causes of hair loss in women and learning about available treatments can be daunting. If you are considering treatment for female hair loss, talking to a medical professional is always the safest bet.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating hair loss; each woman needs an individualised plan suited to their circumstances. If you want to learn more about hair loss treatments in women, book a consultation with us today. Together we can work towards restoring your confidence and providing you with peace of mind so that you look and feel like the best version of yourself!
If you have any questions or want to learn more about hair loss treatments in women, book a consultation with us today. We would happily answer any questions and help you prepare for your hair loss treatment journey. So contact our team by ringing us up at +65 6235 0010.
About Dr Tyng Tan
Dr. Tan Tyng Yuan, MBBS completed her graduate and medical education in the United Kingdom over a span of 10 years.
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