Female Hair Loss Treatment Options
Female hair loss treatment should begin with a visit to a primary care physician who, through simple blood testing, can rule out any medical condition that may cause hair loss.
If a medical condition is not the cause of the female hair loss, it may be genetically induced hair loss also called female pattern hair loss. Hair loss in women can occur as a natural part of the aging process. Available in Pittsburgh, female hair loss treatments include:
- Hair Restoration Surgery
- Stem Cell & PRP Assisted Hair Transplant
- PRP Hair Growth Treatment
- Rogaine for Women
- Laser Light Therapy
Hair Restoration Surgery for Women
In Pittsburgh, follicular unit hair restoration surgery, performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dominic Brandy, MD, is a hair transplantation technique that is commonly performed on women with thinning hair. Performed at The Skin Center’s state-licensed and nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgical center located in Pittsburgh, hair restoration surgery uses the woman's own hair to restore fullness and volume to thinning areas. To obtain the best results in women, follicular units that contain one to three hairs are used in the hair restoration process.
During a simple outpatient procedure, hair follicles are harvested from the "fringe area" which is located in the back of the head and are then transplanted carefully into the areas where the hair is thinning. Using a very precise technique, there is very little or no damage to the existing hair on the patient's head and there is no need to worry about losing the newly transplanted hair because this hair, which originally grew in the "fringe" area, is not predisposed to pattern baldness.
Most women are very satisfied with the results after one or two follicular unit hair restoration surgery sessions, while others opt for an additional procedure for added fullness.
Stem Cell & PRP Hair Transplant Surgery
At The Skin Center in Pittsburgh, hair restoration surgery combined with stem cell therapy and PRP uses the unique repair mechanism of your own stem cells to provide rapid healing to the donor hair site and improve the vitality, density and growth of the transplanted hair as well as slow the hair loss process.
Combining both stem cells and PRP therapy during hair restoration surgery stimulates hair growth and helps stabilize further hair loss. The combination of Stem Cell & PRP therapy is used in the following ways during Hair Restoration Surgery:
- Injected into the various points in the scalp to promote new, healthy hair growth.
- Placed in the donor site incision to encourage faster wound healing and minimize scarring.
- The extracted hair will be bathed in the stem cell and PRP solution prior to implantation to add growth factors to the hair, reduce trauma to the extracted hair and stimulate healthy, hair growth.
To learn more about the benefits of Stem Cell & PRP Assisted Hair Restoration Surgery or PRP Hair Growth Treatment, visit the following treatment pages.
Female Hair Loss Treatment: Rogaine
Rogaine for Women contains minoxidil, which is the only FDA-approved active ingredient to improve female hair loss. It has been proven safe and effective in the treatment of hair loss in women through extensive clinical trials and years of consumer experience.
Rogaine for women works with the natural hair growth cycle. Normal hair growth occurs in three cycles or phases:
- Growth Phase
- Transition Phase
- Resting Phase
Sometime during the resting phase, the hair will fall out, or shed, in preparation for new hair to grow. Thus beginning the hair growth phase once again.
For the hair follicles that are genetically predetermined to shed or become thin, the hair follicles get smaller and smaller, which reduces the amount of time the hair follicles spend in the growth phase. This process is called miniaturization. Rogaine for women, as a hair loss treatment, reverses the hair thinning process and lengthens the growth phase by revitalizing the hair follicle.
For women, who are not satisfied with the results from Rogaine for women, hair restoration surgery for women may be a consideration.