Your hair may be a source of pride, a token of confidence, or a full-time preoccupation. But for women and men across the country, chronic hair loss can contribute to an identity crisis. In truth, our hair is part of our overall look, and its loss can lead to a loss of self. But while men have options (and less of a stigma surrounding hair loss), women generally experience fewer options and significantly less acceptance.
Throughout our nation and the world, hair is big business. But few products on the market are designed to improve hair growth in women specifically, leading to yet another hurdle in restoring your luscious locks. So, what options do women have?
At Carniol Plastic Surgery in Summit, NJ, we understand the difficulties of hair loss in women. That’s why we offer surgical, non-surgical, and gender-affirming hair treatments designed to produce the results you deserve.
What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
Female pattern baldness (just like male pattern baldness) is mostly understood as a hereditary condition, caused by genetics. Even so, changes in hormone production (like pregnancy or menopause) may contribute to gradual or even sudden hair loss. Of course, some drastic treatment options (such as those for cancer) can also contribute suddenly to chronic hair loss or balding.
Common causes of hair loss in women include:
- Female Pattern Baldness (Androgenic Alopecia)
- Hormonal Changes
- Radiation Therapy
- Some Medications/Supplements
- Some Hairstyles
If you’re looking to reclaim your head of hair and your feminine identity, call Carniol Plastic Surgery in Summit, NJ, at (908) 598-1400 today!
Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments for Women
Protein-Rich Fibrin (PRF) & Protein-Rich Platelets (PRP)
Remarkably, your own blood contains healing agents that can rejuvenate hair follicles at the cellular level. During PRF & PRP treatments, samples of your blood are taken and spun in a centrifuge. This separates the protein-rich ingredients into a concentrated serum. This serum is then activated and injected into your scalp where it literally rejuvenates hair follicles for completely natural growth.
Hair Laser Treatment, Laser Cap
Light can do more than you think. Low-level light therapy (LLLT), also known as laser phototherapy (LPT), uses a specific wavelength of red light known to stimulate blood vessel growth. More blood supports hair growth and translates over time into more healthy, thriving hair.
LLLT treatments can be undertaken in the comfort of your home with just 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week. At Carniol, we provide more powerful laser hair devices than are available in stores. With increased power, the scalp receives more energy and better results.
Anti-inflammatory Hair Treatment
Many patients have an inflammatory component of hair loss. In these cases, the scalp may be itchy, red, or flaky. Treating the scalp with anti-inflammatory medications can be quite helpful. This may involve the injection of steroids such as Kenalog, or topical prescription therapy.
As a supplement to other treatments, Dr. Carniol believes in a holistic approach to hair loss. For many women with hair loss, nutrient deficiencies play a role. By changing one’s diet or adding other vitamins and nutrients, the hair can come back fuller.
Surgical Hair Loss Treatments for Women
Unfortunately, not everyone experiences success with non-surgical hair restoration treatments. Depending on the cause of your hair loss and its resistance to non- or minimally-invasive procedures, you may benefit from alternative therapies.
Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT)
Surgical methods for hair restoration have come a long way. To create natural looking results with your own hair, Dr. Carniol performs transplant of follicular units (FUs), similar to individual “blades of grass.”
Follicular unit transplants start with hair taken from a donor site, usually from the back of the head. This may involve one small, unnoticeable scar (which usually heals very thinly) or many tiny scars. The hairs are then individually placed in the areas that need more density. Once transplanted, these follicular units are given time to grow in, and final results are usually visible 6-12 months later.
For patients balding on the tops of their heads, but who maintain a “horseshoe” of hair around the sides and back, this method is especially effective.
Reclaim Your Identity with Hair Loss Treatments Today
Hair is more than black, brown, blonde, or red, more than curly, straight, wavy, or textured—for women throughout the world, hair is a part of their identity. To recognize yourself as yourself, especially after hormonal changes or drastic cancer treatments, give Carniol Plastic Surgery a call today at (908) 598-1400.
You don’t have to accept the loss of your gorgeous, natural hair.
You’ve spent a lifetime cultivating a look, a personality, a signature in your hair. As such, losing it can make you feel less like yourself, compromise your confidence, and rob you of a specific joy. Thankfully, you don’t have to accept hair loss. At Carniol Plastic Surgery, we can find the right treatment plan for you. To learn more, call us at (908) 598-1400 or contact us online.