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Why Hair Thinning Occurs in Women & How to Treat It

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Have you noticed your hair thinning or falling out more than normal? You may notice there’s more hair in your brush after combing through it, or the part in your hair looks wider, and your ponytail doesn’t feel thick anymore.

If you’re experiencing any of this, you’re not alone. Hair thinning and loss is so common that nearly half of the female population will experience it before the age of 50. That’s why Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a variety of treatment options to restore your hair and help it grow.

What is hair thinning?

Generally, we lose around 100 pieces of hair from our scalp every day. This shedding is part of a natural process where hair will fall out so new hair can grow in. However, when this balance is interrupted, hair may fall out and not grow in, resulting in hair thinning and loss. This can occur gradually or suddenly and can be a result of lifestyle habits, genetics, or certain medical conditions.

The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. There are many different causes of alopecia in women. Hair loss conditions can be divided into the following categories: scarring alopecia, non-scarring alopecia and structural hair disorders.

Two of the most common types of non-scarring alopecia include:

  • Androgenetic alopecia: Also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) or Female Pattern Baldness, is the most common type. It’s a genetic condition that causes a woman’s hair part to widen and diffuse thinning on the top of the scalp.

  • Telogen effluvium: This can be caused by any significant stressor such as surgery, pregnancy or serious illness that causes disruption in the hair cycle, leading to excessive shedding of telogen hairs.

Why does hair thinning happen to women?

There are many triggers that can cause hair loss including stressful life circumstances, medications, restrictive diets, hormonal shifts, genetics, pregnancy, damaging hair products and inflammatory conditions.

Although any woman can be affected by hair thinning and loss, it is most common for:

  • Women over the age of 40

  • Women who recently gave birth

  • Women who have been taking medications or gone through chemotherapy

  • Menopausal women

Every individual is different, so it’s always best to seek professional care and expertise to understand the cause and how to properly treat it.

What hair thinning solutions are available for women?

Hair thinning treatments depend on the underlying cause in order to be fully effective. CAPS is proud to offer many different minimally invasive treatment options that are multi-targeting to address the key triggers of hair thinning and loss.

  • Sunetics Light Therapy uses low-level light therapy to improve the overall health and condition of thinning hair through photo stimulation. Low level light therapy helps deliver essential oxygen, blood supply and nutrients to the weakened follicle, improving the health of your hair.

  • Blood Platelet Therapy is a hair restoration treatment that uses blood platelets which are rich in vital growth factors and proteins that stimulate and promote your body’s natural healing process.

  • CAPS Hair Care Products help to improve the quality of hair by restoring volume, fullness and moisture.

  • Nutrafol Oral Supplements are clinically proven to improve hair growth, rate, quality and overall health.

You can trust that all our hair thinning treatment options are chosen and supported by research and clinical studies to give you the best support to maintain and nourish your hair.

Schedule a free consultation to explore solutions for hair thinning in women

If you experience hair loss, you should seek a healthcare provider as soon as possible to receive the most effective results. Our hair restoration specialists will perform a variety of tests to diagnose hair loss in women and determine the best treatment for your unique needs. To discuss your options with one of our hair restoration specialists, schedule a free hair restoration consultation today!