Hair Loss in Women
Although it varies periodically with factors such as age and season in women, daily hair loss of around 50-100 hair strands is normal and gives information about the health of the person. Because this hair loss is replaced by thicker and healthier hair over time. Considering that there are approximately 100 thousand hairs on the scalp, the shedding rate is quite reasonable. Hair grows 6 inches per year in most people. However, sometimes this situation does not progress normally. The fact that the hair is shedding up to 70-100 strands and this has been going on for a long time indicates a pathological problem. Women resort to natural methods, various care serums, medication supplements, etc. for this problem. But these methods do not bring back the hair that has fallen out. It only protects the existing hair. For hair loss, they resort to operations such as hair transplantation and stem cells.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
There are three types of hair loss;
Anagen effluvium: It is usually seen after conditions that damage hair follicles such as chemotherapy.
Telogen effluvium: It is a type of hair loss that occurs with the loss of hair at the telogen level and increase in hair at the catagen level due to abnormal hair cycle.
Androgenetic alopecia: It is the most common type of hair loss in women. It is similar to male pattern hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia begins at a later age in women than in men. The reason for the occurrence of androgenetic alopecia is due to the male hormone called androgen, which is found in small amounts in the female body. While hair loss in a large proportion of men is due to genetic reasons, this rate is 20% in women. Family history may underlie the cause of hair loss.
Hair Loss Types in Women;
- In women, hair strands become thinner, but it is unlikely to be completely bald.
- Thinning around the head is seen with thinning hair strands.
- Skin opening occurs at the top and top of the scalp.
- Expansion occurs around the hair. The front hairline remains in place.
Other Causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss;
Hair loss can be caused by genes passed down from parents. This condition can be passed on from parents or other close relatives.
Hair loss in women is generally seen in the 40s and 50s. However, psychological reasons such as stress trauma at an earlier age, traumatic styling styles (tight braid, tight bun from the top), wrong and poor quality products used in hair (hair conditioner, chemical dyes) can cause hair loss.
Mineral and Vitamin Deficiency
Sometimes, even though people have a regular and adequate diet, they do not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals in their bodies. This causes hair loss. At this point, it is necessary to take supplements. Vitamin B12, D, folic acid, Omega 3, Omega 6 deficiency causes hair loss
One of the other causes of hair loss in women is hormone problems. Birth control pills, hormone medications used for various diseases cause hair loss.
Postpartum Period / Puerperium Period
During pregnancy, women’s hair does not fall out too much. The reason for this; The increase in the amount of estrogen hormone prolongs the growth cycle of the hair. After birth, this growth passes into the resting phase. In this process, hair loss is seen intensively. After this shedding period lasting 1-6 months, the hair grows again and returns to its former volume.
Stress and Irregular Nutrition / Shock diets
Another cause of hair loss is improper and inadequate diet. Fast food, fatty foods with carbohydrates, protein and fat ratio are not provided, which damages both body health and causes hair loss. Hair follicles are living cells and when they do not receive the vitamins they need, they dry and wear out. Diets with low protein or calories restricted below a certain rate, fast weight loss diets called shock diets also cause hair loss. In addition, a stressful life in general also leads to serious hair loss.
During menopause, the levels of oestrogen and progesterone fall in women, which means that the effect of the male hormones androgens increases. As a result, one of two things happens. Either hair that was not there before grows or hair loss occurs. During this period, serious thinning of the hair follicles can be seen.
Some skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and lupus cause hair loss. After the treatment of the disease ends, hair loss stops.
Chronic Diseases and Medicines
Medications used in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, blood pressure, heart chemotherapy, as well as birth control pills cause hair loss.
Use of Inner Bonnet
Especially the inner bonnets preferred by women wearing hijab and the tight binding of these bonnets are among the other factors that lead to hair loss over time.
How to Prevent Hair Loss in Women?
Full and shiny hair is one of the most important elements that complement the physical appearance as well as its importance in terms of health. Especially for women. Women suffering from hair loss also resort to some methods to find solutions to this problem. These are;
- Drug use: The use of medication only strengthens the existing hair. It should be taken under physician control.
- Alternative Medicine
- Home care cures prepared in the home environment
- Various care oils
- Hair serums
- PRP treatment: 10ml or 2o ml of blood is taken from the person’s own blood and centrifuged. A plasma material rich in platelet and platelet cells is obtained and injected into the person.
- Hair mesotherapy: It is a method of injecting the vitamins necessary for hair growth with micro needles.
Most of these methods are methods to strengthen the existing hair. It is not possible to regrow lost hair. There are various ways to regain lost hair. One of them is hair transplantation. Today, developing technological methods offer women the opportunity to have hair transplant. According to researches, women’s hair follicles are thicker than men and the probability of success is 99% when the transplantation is performed by a specialist doctor.
(FUE DHI), (FUT) and Sapphire FUE hair transplant methods are used in hair transplant clinics in Turkey. Which hair transplant technique will be applied is decided after expert control. While Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) technique was preferred in the past, (FUE DHI) method is now preferred. In the FUE DHI technique, hair follicles are taken one by one from the donor area and placed in the sparse or bald area. This method gives the chance to transplant more grafts. Sapphire FUE method is a technique applied with a special and sharp-tipped pen made of sapphire. Hair Centre of Turkey has successfully operated more than 8 thousand patients for 9 years. You can see our female patients whose operations we have successfully performed on our website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HAIR LOSS IN WOMEN:
- What does hair loss in women indicate?
Hair loss of 50-100 strands per day is considered normal and healthy. Anemia, thyroid disorders, iron deficiency, vitamin B deficiency, stressful life may be underlying this rate and continuous hair loss. Menopause and postpartum period may trigger hair loss.
- Which foods are good for hair loss in women?
Foods containing vitamin C such as oranges and grapefruit, nuts such as walnuts and hazelnuts for vitamin E support, seafood in terms of zinc content, protein-based meats such as chicken, beans, carrots, garlic, onions, green vegetables such as rocket and spinach can be consumed to eliminate iron deficiency.
- Which doctor to go to for hair loss?
Dermatology doctors are consulted for hair loss problem.
- Is excessive hair loss a sign of cancer?
Excessive hair loss is not cancer. Because it is not the cancer itself that causes hair loss, but the chemotherapy drugs used in cancer treatment. These drugs cause intense hair loss in a short time.
- What stops hair loss in women?
If hair loss is not associated with any disease and drug use, feeding with vitamins and minerals, taking a shower with warm water, choosing products according to hair type, massaging the scalp, drinking plenty of water minimises hair loss.
- Does losing weight cause hair loss?
Shock diets that promise fast weight loss with low protein levels cause hair loss.
- Does hair loss in women grow back over time?
This is an event that varies according to the situation. Hair regrowth depends on the vitality of the hair follicles. If the hair follicles maintain their vitality and have not lost their function, the hair grows again with operations such as hair transplantation. If the follicles have lost their function, the hair cannot grow again even after years.
- How to recognise excessive hair loss?
When you grasp your hair with your hand, if more hair strands come out than usual and this situation continues for more than 2 months, it means intense hair loss.
- What causes hair loss from the crown in women?
The cause of hair loss on the top of the head in women is caused by androgenetic alopecia. As the name suggests, it is a condition that comes from genes. If there is baldness in the mother, father or close relatives of the people, it is transferred to them through genes.
- Does garlic grow hair?
Garlic is a very useful root plant for hair due to its properties. First of all, it contains anti-inflammatory. This makes the hair healthier as it has nourishing and revitalising properties for the scalp. Again, the sulphur it contains gives shine to the hair. Protects hair from unwanted conditions such as fleas and lice. Accelerates blood flow in the scalp. Prevents oiliness by eliminating dandruff.
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If it is done by experts in the field of hair transplantation and in an appropriate clinical environment, it contains minimum risk.
Some health cases can prevent the process of hair transplantation. The patient’s past health and used medications should be told as complete to the doctor. In such cases, different treatments may be considered.
If your transplantation is done as fit on the procedure and a specialist at hair transplantation, the result will extremely be natural.
You should not lay down on the transplanted area the first week after the transplantation.