Alopecia in Women
Since alopecia can afflict anyone, regardless of age, gender, or color, there is no single face to the disorder. However, misconceptions and special difficulties for alopecia-suffering women are common. Women with alopecia may feel that they are not living up to social expectations of what it means to be a woman because hair is frequently viewed as a symbol of femininity. Additionally, they can think that they lack charm or appeal.
Additionally, finding hair products and styles that suit women with alopecia may be challenging. Additionally, they can be concerned about how others will view their baldness and feel self-conscious about their looks. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep in mind that alopecia does not characterize an individual, and there are numerous ways to be attractive and self-assured without hair.
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia, which causes hair loss, can take many different forms. An autoimmune condition called alopecia areata can result in hair loss on any part of the body. Both men and women are susceptible. The body attacks the hair follicles in Alopecia Areata, resulting in erratic cycles of hair loss and regeneration. Without therapy, the lost hair may grow back, but it may also leave some bald spots or patchy hair growth.
Pattern hair loss is the common name for androgenetic alopecia. It belongs to the most prevalent subtypes of alopecia. An increase in androgen activity in the body characterizes this hereditary disease. The hormone androgen is what causes hair follicles to develop and multiply in both men and women.
After menopause, alopecia in women seems to become more prevalent. Women rarely develop alopecia, which makes them different from men. Before it gradually spreads across the top of the head, female pattern hair loss (FPHL) typically starts with thinning at the hair-splitting line.
What Causes Alopecia?
While genetics is the primary contributing factor to alopecia, other hormone-related factors include:
- Birth control medication
- Ovarian cysts
The Scale of Female Pattern Baldness
According to Ludwig’s Scale, there are three common types of female pattern hair loss. Which are:
- Type I – thinning of the hair in the scalp is noticeable
- Type II – the hair loss is more pronounced and the scalp is easily seen
- Type III – baldness within the crown of the scalp
There are various therapies available to aid with hair loss even though there is presently no cure for alopecia.
A form of hormone therapy known as an anti-androgen prevents the overproduction of androgen to control hair loss. Usually, women with hormonal conditions like PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome have prescribed this kind of therapy. Anti-androgens have certain potential adverse effects, including a higher risk of depression, decreased sex drive, exhaustion, and diarrhea.
The only OTC topical medication for treating hair loss that has been approved by the FDA so far is Minoxidil. Both 2% and 5% formulations of minoxidil are available. Although it slows down hair loss and promotes the growth of new hair, minoxidil does not provide a long-term fix for thinning hair. You must continue using Minoxidil in order for it to remain effective.
Small portions of the scalp and hair are surgically taken from a donor location and then transplanted to balding or thinning areas in a process known as a hair transplant.
Depending on the affected area, many wig styles can be used, including hair toppers for the crown, fringes and lace front wigs for receding hairlines, and hair extensions for bald or thinning patches.
It should be remembered, nevertheless, that traction and pulling from hair extensions might exacerbate alopecia.
SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION (SMP)
SMP, or scalp micropigmentation, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting pigments through the upper dermis of the skin using tiny needles. Ink that resembles hair follicles is tattooed onto the scalp, giving thinning areas more density. This technique is similar to microblading. Short and long hair can both benefit from scalp micropigmentation.
The dangers and adverse effects of SMP are not comparable to those of other therapies. In addition, it hurts a lot less than hair transplants. The number of sessions needed for scalp micropigmentation depends on how much hair has been lost. However, clients notice changes as soon as the first session is over.
Scalp micropigmentation also recovers quickly and lasts for many years.
The Scalp Micropigmentation Experts
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