Correcting Alopecia in women with hair replacement methods

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For many men and women, hair replacement surgery and other techniques have proven to be very beneficial as a way to stop the hair loss or thinning process.  Men have the tendency to deal with this issue a bit better than women because for a woman, this is one of the critical aspects of the appearance issue.  Androgenic Alopecia (male pattern baldness) affects women like it does with men and replacement technologies can benefit them just as well.  So what hair replacement options do women have?

Basically, a woman’s options are similar to a man’s in that they can undergo surgical hair replacement as well as using a topical preparation such as Rogaine or even a hair system (hairpieces or wigs).  Non-surgical applications have proven to be about as effective provided the loss or thinning has not become excessive.  When this is the case, surgical procedures for replacement are a viable option.

What causes female hair loss?

Aside from less critical issues involving DHT build-up, the most common reasons that women experience hair loss and eventually consider one of the different replacement therapies include the following conditions.

Alopecia Arcana – excessive hair loss caused by numerous medical factors such as:

  • diabetes
  • fungal infection
  • hormone changes
  • medication
  • stress

Chemotherapy and radiation – considered as the primary cause of hair loss in women due to the different cancers that women succumb to.

Pulling out the hair strands – pulling the strands of hair as a nervous habit

Traction Alopecia – this is typically caused by certain hairstyles such as braids, corn rows, pigtails, or ponytails.  Scarring can result from stress or tension on the hair and along with using harsh chemicals can cause loss and thinning.

Hair replacement methods that work for female hair loss

There are basically three methods for hair replacement – hair systems, non-surgical hair replacement, and surgical hair replacement.  They are broken down as follows:

Hair systems – hairpieces and wigs

Non-surgical replacement – Propecia and Rogaine

Surgical replacements – Hair transplantation, scalp reduction and more

The first is the least preferable whereas the second is the preferred method to try first if a physician or specialist feels that you should to try this before opting for surgery.  Always, make sure that you discuss your concerns with a licensed physician to determine which one of these hair replacement methods would be the most appropriate for you.  There is no point in spending excessively if you don’t need to.

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