The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (www.CanadianHair.ca), a Toronto-based organization offering hair loss treatment for over 25 years, is weighing in on the increased need for awareness about female pattern hair loss.
Androgenic alopecia, or female pattern hair loss, is the most common cause of hair loss in women. Unlike in men, women experiencing androgenic alopecia notice their hair thinning around the part rather than having a receding hairline. The condition is largely genetic, with a suspected link to the hormone androgen. It can occur as early as age 20, though it is more common in the 40s. (Source: Leap, A., “When thin is not in: Hair loss for women has multiple causes, needs correct diagnosis,” Pocono Record web site, September 9, 2015; https://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150909/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/150909461.)
“It can be a distressing situation, especially since current culture places a lot of emphasis on a woman’s hair.” says Ken Robson, Founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “In rare cases, it can even progress to full baldness.”
Hair loss can be a great source of social and personal anxiety for women and can negatively affect their self-esteem. Compounding matters is that there is no known preventative treatment; the only approved remedy, the drug minoxidil, also only works in about 20% of cases.
“However, here are other options if minoxidil fails,” Robson adds. “Depending on how far the condition has progressed, it can be hidden with an alternate hair style. However, the most effective means is currently a hair transplant.”
Hair transplant procedures replace the deactivated hair follicles with live ones from elsewhere on the body. It is a permanent procedure with established effectiveness.
“It’s important not only that women are aware that hair loss isn’t just an issue for men, but that they know there are options available for them as well,” Robson concludes. “Those suffering from hair loss should always consult for a doctor or dermatologist to determine the cause and what the possible treatments are.”
For more information on the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists, visit www.CanadianHair.ca or call 905-272-0190.