As we grow older our hair begins to thin, often because of changes in the body’s hormonal activity. It can happen to both men and women. Even androgenic alopecia – so-called “male-pattern” baldness – often occurs in women, although it presents itself differently. Different treatments that address the root causes of the problem can arrest or even reverse many instances age-related hair loss.
Female Hair Loss
In women, hair loss tends to be diffuse, with thinning everywhere on the scalp. Some women have a combination of two pattern types.
Androgenic alopecia in women is caused by androgens, male hormones which are present in females in small amounts. Androgenic alopecia can be caused by a variety of factors tied to the actions of hormones, including ovarian cysts, birth control pills that contain high levels of androgen, pregnancy, and menopause.
The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can contribute to the miniaturization of hair follicles as a factor causing “female pattern baldness.” Heredity also causes hair loss and thinning in women.
Male Hair Loss
In men, androgenic alopecia creates the typical male pattern baldness, in which the hairline recedes and hair thins or disappears at the crown of the head. As with thinning hair in females, the causes are largely due to hormones; males have higher androgen levels, and these levels naturally decrease with age.
Hair Loss Treatments
Treatment for androgenic alopecia can be external, as in the various over-the-counter hair regrowth products that are applied directly to the scalp, or internal, involving oral administration of various pharmaceutical products containing androgen and other hormones.
A recent encouraging development in anti-aging medicine involves Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) to stimulate hair growth. In PRP, concentrated plasma from the patient’s own blood is applied the scalp to stimulate the growth of new hair in dormant hair follicles, or injected following hair replacement procedures.
Treating Hair Loss at Evolved Medical
Following testing and evaluation, Evolved Medical we will create a personalized treatment plan to address your hair loss symptoms. This may involve treatment with bioidentical hormone therapy and/or PRP, as conditions indicate. Contact us today for a free consultation.