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Most people tend to think that hair loss is something that only men go through. In fact, about 20 million American women experience some form of hair loss. Surveys also indicate that nearly every woman is highly concerned about the physical and emotional side effects of hair loss, while only about half of men share the same concern. Surgical hair restoration can help you once again have a full head of beautiful, natural looking hair. Before you contact a hair restoration physician, read on to learn about some of the most common causes of hair loss for women.
This phenomenon is characterized by the loss of large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing your hair. Telogen effluvium most often occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or during bouts of extreme stress. Studies have suggested that antidepressants, beta-blockers, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also cause telogen effluvium in women. If you are affected by this phenomenon, you will typically notice the side effects six weeks to three months after a stressful event or after starting a new medication.
Hereditary Hair Loss
Hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common cause of hair loss in women according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The gene that is responsible for androgenetic alopecia can be inherited from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family. Female pattern baldness may also be due to a thyroid dysfunction. To determine the underlying genetic or hormonal cause of your hair loss, schedule a consultation with a hair loss physician in your area.
Dr. Kiely is a board-certified physician who specializes in surgical hair transplants for women. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kiely will review your medical history and examine your scalp to determine your potential success as a hair transplant candidate. If you live in the D.C. or Baltimore area, call (240) 292-4315 to set up an appointment with Dr. Kiely today.
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Every day, women around the world wake up to discover that the part of themselves they are most proud of is being taken away by an autoimmune disease that causes sudden and unexpected hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia is one of the most common causes of female pattern baldness, and it can affect women of all ages and backgrounds. It can even affect hair models. Watch this short profile from ABC News on Georgia Van Cuylenburg, an aspiring actress and hair model who is stricken with androgenetic alopecia.
If you are losing your hair and want to regain your confidence and youthful looks, Dr. Kiely, MD can help. Call (240) 292-4315 to set up a consultation with Dr. Kiely to discuss your hair loss treatment options. Dr. Kiely specializes in performing hair loss surgery for men and women in the Baltimore and D.C. areas.
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Like good health and a youthful appearance, a thick head of hair is something most people take for granted until it starts thinning or falling out. Both men and women can experience hair loss, and there are a range of factors that can contribute to a less plentiful head of hair. Fortunately, hair loss treatment for men and women is growing in popularity and can restore your youthful appearance. If you are considering hair restoration surgery, you probably have a few questions about the procedure. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about hair restoration for men and women.
Are Hair Transplants Successful?
When performed correctly by experienced and dedicated physicians like Dr. Kiely, hair transplants are virtually 95 percent successful. The underlying factors in determining your success rate is the availability of quality donor hair and your general health. Dr. Kiely will evaluate your conditions and discuss your options for hair replacement surgery.
Am I Too Old for Hair Restoration?
Age plays a minor role in hair transplant surgery. In fact, Dr. Kiely has successfully performed hair transplant surgery on men and women in their sixties and seventies, and even older. Your health and available donor areas are the two most important considerations for a successful hair restoration procedure, not your age.
Are There Alternatives to Hair Restoration?
Minoxidil, also known by its trade name Rogaine™, is a popular alternative to hair restoration surgery. Unfortunately, it is not a very viable alternative. Tests have shown than Minoxidil causes permanent significant cosmetic improvement only 10 percent of the time, but even then it has no effect on hair growth along the front hairline. The long-term financial cost of using Minoxidil is also much greater than the cost of hair restoration surgery. Propecia also can be used in men but it has some side effects.
If you live in the Baltimore or D.C. area, contact Dr. Kiely, MD to schedule a consultation and learn more about hair restoration surgery. Dr. Kiely is a board-certified physician and specializes in surgical hair transplants for men and women. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kiely, call (240) 292-4315.
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Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is known as male pattern baldness; in women, female pattern baldness. Though men and women can both suffer from androgenetic alopecia, the pattern of hair loss in women differs from male-pattern baldness. Whether your hair is starting to thin or you’ve been covering up a bald spot with a wig for years, the following information about androgenetic alopecia will help you make informed decisions about your hair loss treatment options.
Hair Loss Patterns
People suffering from androgenetic alopecia lose hair in a well-defined pattern. In men, hair loss begins above the temples and the hairline recedes to form a characteristic “M” shape. Hair may also thin significantly at the crown, often progressing to partial or complete baldness. In women, androgenetic alopecia makes hair become thinner all over the head, and the hairline typically does not recede.
Genetics and Hormones
A variety of genetic and environmental factors play a role in causing androgenetic alopecia, but researchers have determined that hormones called androgens play a big part in the development of male and female pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia can also be hereditary, especially if both parents were bald or had thinning hair.
Other Medical Concerns
Androgenetic alopecia in women has been associated with several other medical conditions, including an increased risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In men, researchers have found a connection between androgenetic alopecia and conditions such as coronary heart disease and prostate cancer. Scientists and physicians still do not fully understand the link between male and female pattern baldness and these other medical conditions.
If you are looking for an experienced hair loss physician to treat your androgenetic alopecia, call Dr. Kiely, MD. With more than 14,000 hair loss procedures under his belt, Dr. Kiely can help you regain your confidence with a beautiful, natural looking head of hair. To learn more about hair loss treatment in D.C. or Baltimore, call (240) 292-4315.
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Hair loss can be difficult for both men and women, but women tend to have a bigger challenge in facing hair loss. A thick head of hair has long been associated with femininity, so women tend to feel that they are losing their own identity when hair becomes thin or brittle. In fact, many women have trouble even discussing hair loss with a physician, because they feel pressure to maintain an ideal image set by standards in the media.
It is important for women to recognize that female hair loss is a common problem with solutions that can restore confidence. Whether the cause is female pattern baldness or a more serious medical condition, modern hair transplant techniques can provide women with the head of hair they strive for. As you seek treatment, you might also speak with friends or a therapist to build up your self-confidence in areas unrelated to your appearance.
Dr. Kiely, MD can help you restore your self-esteem with hair loss treatments tuned to your unique needs. To schedule a consultation at our Washington D.C. practice, visit our website or call us at (240) 292-4315.