From the January 2012 issue of Tennessee Health and Wellness Magazine. Written by Michael Ramsey, PAI Nashville Clinic Director.
Nearly 40 million women suffer from hair loss in the United States. Unlike men who bald, women’s hair tends to thin and they lose hair volume causing more scalp to show through the hair. Thinning hair for a woman makes it difficult for her to style her hair and can lead to lower self-confidence, a diminished feeling of attractiveness and often can lead to depression.
Great Options for Thinning Hair
The good news is women today have several great options for their thinning hair. The first is styling the hair in a way to cover the thinning areas. The second is adding more hair to the thinning areas through surgical or non-surgical options. The last option is to treat the thinning hair with products or therapies to stop or reverse hair loss.
By styling their hair in certain ways, women can use their fuller areas to cover thinning areas. Also by teasing their hair or using permanents which can make the hair fuller they can help minimize the appearance of thinning hair. However, these options don’t solve the problem and can be limiting. If the wind blows or the hair gets wet, the thinning areas can be revealed. Also, too much processing of hair that is already fine and weak can accelerate hair loss.
Adding More Hair
Adding more hair to the thinning areas can be done surgically or non-surgically. The surgical option, known as hair transplantation, is a procedure where hair from thicker fuller areas, typically the sides and or back areas, are moved to thinner areas to make them fuller. Hair that grows on the sides and back tends to be permanent so when it is transplanted it is considered permanent. Addtionally, men and women have more hair on the sides and back than they need.
The procedure requires very little down time with little discomfort. Once the small hair seeds are planted, they gradually begin to produce and grow hairs starting a few months after the procedure. Within a full year, all the hair seeds are growing hairs. Because of this gradual filling in, the patient notices a gradual thickening of the hair as shown below.
Hair transplantation has become enormously popular for men and women. In our practice, about 80% of women can be helped with hair transplant surgery. The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to consult with a hair restoration specialist. We offer free and private evaluations / consultations at our office – PAI Medical Group of Brentwood. (1-800-496-7225).
The non-surgical option is the second option for adding hair to make it fuller. Non-surgical hair replacement has been around for centuries. From powdered wigs of the Middle Ages to today’s high-tech, perfectly matched, non-surgical hair systems – these options add fullness and density to thinning areas and are safe, reliable, affordable and reversible. The Hair Club is an excellent resource for men and women looking for this non-surgical option.
Treatment options are recommended for men and women in the early stages of hair loss who want to try and control hair loss and encourage recently thinned hair to re-grow and become fuller and thicker. The key to the success of treatments is to catch hair in the early stages of decline before the hair cells have died off. Through treatments, health and vitality can be restored to the hair.
Treatment options are non-surgical and range from products that block the hormone DHT, such as the revitalizing complex step in the EXT treatments, to vasodilators such as Minoxidil that add more blood flow to the area to promote hair growth, Enhanced Hair Growth Therapy therapy, which once injected into the areas of thinning promote hair growth, , to the FDA-approved Laser Hair Therapies now being offered in more advanced clinics like ours. We even offer a scientifically researched and proven to work hair growth shake.
New Treatment Option – Cold Lasers
The new EXT-AlphaLase 50 cold laser program is very effective at restoring fullness, health and vitality to the hair. The cold laser- also known as Low Level Light Laser- is used to increase microcirculation through a process known as photo-biostimulation. This helps with hair loss and certain types of scalp maladies. We offer all the latest in treatment options at PAI Medical.
Win the Hair Loss Battle
Female hair loss affects many millions of women today but there are great options to help. From surgical to non-surgical options, many women don’t have to suffer the devastating effects of hair loss anymore. Through the art of science and medicine, winning the hair loss battle is something millions of proactive, courageous women are doing today. For more information about these solutions, contact us set up a free and private evaluation/consultation, call our office at (1-800-496-7225 or 615-376-6010).