YOUR BODY CHALLENGE: HAIR LOSS AND ALOPECIA
Alopecia areata is a hair-loss condition which usually affects the scalp and alopecia or hair loss treatment becomes necessary in such condition. Alopecia areata causes one or more patches of hair loss. It is an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system attacks hair follicles. Alopecia can also happen in women.
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What Is Alopecia?
Androgenetic alopecia is also known as female pattern baldness and is a type of hair loss that specifically affects women.
Women are less likely than men to go completely bald. Unlike men, women tend to lose hair from all over the head, resulting in a gradual thinning, whereas as men tend to get a receding hairline.
This condition commonly affects women after menopause, is hereditary and is affected by hormones. If you notice that you’re losing hair, the best thing you can do is see your doctor to assess whether you are experiencing alopecia or not.
Alopecia In Women: What You Should Know
Alopecia in women is far more common than you’d think, with hair loss affecting almost two thirds of women after menopause. Dr Bhabha Aesthetics, hair loss experts, have answered some commonly asked questions about alopecia.
Are Genetics Involved?
Genetics are definitely involved as hair loss genes are passed on from parents to children. While many different genes are involved, you can inherit these genes from either parent and if you’ve noticed many family members experiencing balding, it could affect you in the future too.
At What Age Do Females Develop Alopecia?
Most women only start developing signs of alopecia during or after menopause. While it is very uncommon for women in their 20s to develop alopecia, it definitely is possible and it is through hormone imbalances and smoking which may play a role in early development of alopecia.
If you start developing alopecia, the first thing you are going to want to do is visit your doctor or dermatologist, and they can recommend a treatment plan for you.
Luckily, there are a wide varieties of alopecia and hair loss treatments available that can reduce future hair loss. Treatment plans are more than likely to include some form of medication.
Is Alopecia Reversible?
Unfortunately alopecia in women is not reversible, and that is why it is so important to start treating it as soon as possible. Professional treatments can prevent any further hair loss and even possibly regrow some of your lost hair. You will need to be patient with results though as you many only be able to notice benefits months down the line.
Need Hair Loss Treatment?
The sooner you treat alopecia in women or men, the better. Dr Bhabha offers a range of professional hair loss treatments. Feel free to call today to discuss any questions that you may have.