Hair Loss in Women: Facts, Causes and Solutions

Author: Christine A. Stiles, MD

When we think about hair loss, the first image that often comes to mind is of a 40-year-old man who is struggling to hang on to his hair, in fear of looking like his balding relatives.  Rarely do we think of a woman who is silently suffering as she watches her hair come out with each stroke of a hair brush.  Noticeable hair loss affects approximately 30 million women in the United States.  The global hair care industry is estimated to be an 87.73 billion dollar market this year and it is expected to increase to 102.28 billion dollars in 2024.  Many products promise fuller, younger-looking hair, without clinical evidence.  The woman who is staring at the Pantene commercial, full of young models with beautiful thick hair, will buy any product that will help her hold onto to her own hair.

Women lose hair differently than men

In general, women suffer from diffuse hair loss, as compared to the characteristic frontal and crown pattern hair loss of men.  Some of the reversible medical causes of female hair loss include a thyroid hormone imbalance, anemia, low vitamin D levels, post-partum hormone changes, and menopause.  Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been related to female hair loss.  Medications such as contraceptives, antihypertensives, steroids, and antidepressants have been associated with hair loss.  Significant physical, psychological and emotional stress may result in hair loss.  By middle age, approximately 40% of women show signs of male pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia).  This is often devastating!  Hair extensions may be used to camouflage how thin a woman’s hair is getting.  However, traction on the weak hair often leads to more hair loss, making the situation even worse!

Solutions to rebuilding shedding hair

The first step in rebuilding hair is to evaluate the underlying causes of the increased shedding and correcting the medical problems, if present.  Next, using hair products that have been clinically proven to strengthen the hair, prevent shedding and nourish the scalp are essential to restoring a healthy amount of hair.  We recommend HairMedica products to all of our patients.

For women with thinning hair, platelet rich plasma (PRP) gel treatments may be used to stimulate hair growth.  PRP is full of growth factors that keep more hair follicles in the active growing phase, anagen, creating thicker appearing hair and covering the scalp more evenly.  PRP is injected into the scalp in three sessions one month apart.  To maintain fullness, PRP injections are performed every six months.

For women with bald areas, a NeoGraft Hair Restoration procedure is used to transplant hair follicles from the thicker areas in the back of the head to the thin areas in the front or top of the head.  The follicles are harvested individually and placed precisely where needed.  This is used to restore a youthful hairline, fill in patches of hair loss, or bring back a fuller look throughout.  This procedure restores not only the hairline, but self-confidence and self-esteem!

Hair loss in women can be overwhelming and the first step to recovery is knowing you are not alone. If you are a woman suffering from hair loss of more than 100 hairs per day, we recommend seeking professional help to discuss the possible causes, treatments, and solutions that work best for you.

Disclaimer: The content within this site is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or specific medical advice. The products and claims made about specific products and treatments through this article have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult with a NeoGraft Certified Physician or other healthcare professionals regarding any medical or health-related diagnosis.

About Christine A. Stiles, MD

Dr. Christine A. Stiles is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who practices in Frisco and Plano, Texas. She is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the premier associations for plastic surgery in the United States.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College in 1988 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Then, she received a Doctorate of Medicine from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Her clinical training included a 3 year residency in pediatric medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1992-1995) and a 6-year residency in general surgery and plastic surgery at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1995-2001).

This unique training has influenced her approach to caring for her patients. Men, women, and children who consider having plastic surgery are insecure about their appearance and often lack self-confidence and self-esteem.  Restoring the patient’s self-worth, is as important as rebuilding his or her body.  Understanding each patient’s lifestyle and personal goals is critical to achieving the best results.

Dr. Stiles is committed to offering her patients the latest technology in plastic surgery with proven results.  In listening to her patients who struggle with hair loss, it became clear that there was a great need to help them restore a youthful appearance.  This became a reality, with the introduction of The NeoGraft hair restoration procedure and platelet rich plasma (PRP) gel treatments for hair loss into her practice in 2017.  The NeoGraft procedure gives patients back thicker hair and a youthful hairline, during a single safe procedure with minimal discomfort and no visible scar.

Dr. Stiles is committed to helping her patients lead healthier lives beyond the surgical period.   She has found yoga to be an integral part of her patient’s recovery and her own life.   She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.