What Can Women Do to Treat Hair Loss?
About 40 percent of women suffer from visible hair loss by the age of 40, and the prevalence increases the older we get. Although the condition can be distressing, common treatments and basic lifestyle adjustments can address many of the underlying causes to slow or reverse hair loss.
Correct Nutritional Deficiencies
Hair needs vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron, and other nutrients to grow strong and healthy.
A simple blood test can reveal if you’re low in any of these key requirements. If so, the solution to your hair loss could be as simple as changing your diet or adding a high-quality supplement.
Even if you discover a nutrient deficiency isn’t the root cause, adding more whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans to your diet can still help improve overall health, including the health of your hair.
Back Off on Your Styling Routine
Excessive heat styling, tight hairstyles and chemical hair products can put unnecessary stress on your hair.
Try switching to a shampoo made without harsh ingredients, and allow your hair to air dry whenever possible. Natural moisturizers like coconut oil can also help minimize breakage while restoring shine and strength to your hair.
Consider PRP & SMP Hair Restoration
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) are two painless, minimally-invasive procedures that can stimulate hair growth faster than any over-the-counter product on the market.
PRP involves collecting blood from the patient’s body, separating the blood sample to concentrate the platelets, and injecting it into the patient’s scalp. Dr. Epstein also combines PRP with hair transplantation to minimize the risk of shock loss or damage to the hair to ensure a speedy recovery process and an overall better outcome.
SMP involves placing tiny pigment impressions amongst existing hair. Each impression replicates natural hair follicles, creating the appearance of natural hair. For the past two years, Dr. Epstein has used this technique to thicken hair, camouflage existing hair transplant scars, and/or create the look of close-cropped hair. It’s tailored for both men and women and provides immediate results with no downtime.
Ask Your Doctor about Hairline Lowering
Hairline lowering is suitable for women who have a high forehead due to genetics or present at birth. This can be addressed either through hair grafting or surgical hairline advancement.
Hair grafting is when a hair restoration surgeon, like Dr. Epstein, takes hair from the back of the head and places them where the hair is thinning. Commonly this procedure is performed on women to round out the hairline as well as lowering it.
Surgical hairline advancement lowers the overly high hairline by as much as two or three centimeters, depending on the elasticity of the scalp. It is intended for women who have a loose scalp and desire rapid results.
Both procedures have relatively fast recovery time and produce optimal results!
If your hair loss doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, an underlying condition may be to blame. Your doctor can run tests to determine if something more is going on and recommend a more appropriate treatment plan, such as hair restoration.
Dr. Epstein is a triple-board certified facial plastic surgeon who has been advancing women’s hair restoration techniques for over 25 years. Learn more about Dr. Epstein and why he’s considered an expert in the field.