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    A Look at the Causes of Female Pattern Baldness

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Female pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia, is the most common cause of hair loss in women. Considering that some 20 million American women experience some form of hair loss, scientists and physicians have gone to great lengths to understand the causes of female pattern baldness to give women back the beautiful head of hair they once enjoyed. Here is a closer look at the most common causes of female pattern baldness.

    Aging
    It’s not uncommon to see hair loss in women as they enter their 50s and 60s, though experts aren’t sure exactly why this happens. Age-related female pattern baldness could be the result of weakening hair follicles, excessive scalp dryness, or perhaps even the culmination of decades of brushing, styling, and heating.

    Genes
    A variety of genetic factors likely play a role in causing androgenetic alopecia. If both of your parents dealt with hair loss, you likely inherited a genetic predisposition to female pattern baldness. If neither of your parents struggled with thinning hair or balding, you may need to look farther back in your family history to determine whether or not your female pattern baldness is genetically inherited.

    Hormones
    Researchers have determined that female pattern baldness may be related to hormones called androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone. Hormonal imbalances, especially those following pregnancy, weight loss, and surgery, may also be responsible for female pattern baldness. To determine if hormones are to blame for your thinning or balding hair, schedule a consultation with a hair loss physician.

    Female pattern baldness can be scary, but Dr. Kiely can provide you with answers and solutions for your hair loss problems. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Kiely has performed over 14,000 hair loss procedures on both men and women in the D.C. and Baltimore areas. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kiely, please call (240) 292-4315.

    When to See a Doctor About Hair Loss

    Last updated 1 month ago

    It’s normal to shed around 100 or more hairs per day, but there comes a point when the problem points to abnormal hair loss. Female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. In this video, you will learn about some of the causes of female hair loss and when it is time to see a physician or dermatologist about your condition.

    If you notice thin patches of hair, or if large clumps of hair are coming out when you brush your hair or put your hair up in a ponytail, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kiely, MD. Dr. Kiely has provided more than 14,000 hair transplants for men and women throughout the greater D.C. area. Call (240) 292-4315 to set up a consultation with Dr. Kiely to discuss your hair loss treatment options. 

    Common Causes of Hair Loss In Women

    Last updated 1 month ago

    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.

    Telogen Effluvium
    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.

    Hair Model Shares Her Alopecia Story

    Last updated 1 month ago

    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. 

    Answering Common Questions About Hair Restoration

    Last updated 1 month ago

    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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