Help! I am Going Bald!
While this might not be that a scary a statement to a normal person, for the woman, sending out the plea for help it would be nothing short of a crisis. Loss of hair affects men and women in slightly different manners – as in, men might not consider it too “big a deal”, for women, it would be quite a torture. For most women, their confidence and persona is tied to their looks and hair plays an important role in the same.
- Hormones: While in men, pattern hair loss is caused due to an increased level of DHT or Dihydrotestosterone, in women, an imbalance in oestrogen can lead to hair loss. The hormonal imbalance is often caused due to menopause, pregnancy, childbirth, start or discontinuation of contraceptives.
- Medical issues: There are numerous medical conditions that can lead to hair fall in a much greater number than is considered normal. For instance, the improper functioning of the thyroid gland or skin infections such as lupus or lichen planus can cause hair loss. Yet another medical condition that is one of the major causes for hair loss in women is alopecia areata, where the immune system of the body, turns against the hair follicles.
- Medicines: Hair loss can also be cause due to drugs that are being used to treat conditions such as cancer, depression, heart related problems and arthritis.
- Other causes: Then there are also other causes that are known to cause hair loss and these include extensive use of chemicals and heat related treatments as well as tight hair styles. Trauma is known to cause hair loss and these could include accidents or death of a loved one. Even crash diets have been known to increase hair loss as have high fevers.
Now, let’s take a look at how such hair loss can be handled:
- Medications: Minoxidil shown positive results in several cases. But it has also been proven that the results of the medication last only as long as the medicines are being taken. A lot of new treatment modalities have come up like Low Level Laser Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, which can control the ongoing hair loss and grow hair in existing hair loss area to some extent.
- Over the counter solutions: There are plenty of hair sprays, which will provide the illusion of thick growth. Similarly, hair volume enhancers can be used in cases where the thinning has only started.
- Wigs and hair systems: If you are worried about needles and surgical procedures, then there is always the option of having wigs created for yourself. You could also choose to invest a hair system, such as extensions or weaves, which will look quite natural.
- Surgical options: Finally, the most permanent treatment for hair loss, especially when the loss is severe, would be a transplant process. You could choose between follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT), a decision that a good doctor would assist you in taking.