While male pattern baldness is a well-known condition, many women also experience hair loss. Hair loss rates among women are estimated as high as 50% with approximately 30% of women suffering from female pattern hair loss (FPHL). The remaining 20% of women suffer hair loss brought on by stress, illnesses, autoimmune diseases (including alopecia areata), side effects from medications, and other conditions.
If you are a woman who is losing her hair, you’ve come to the right place. At the Hair Center of Nebraska, we will evaluate the cause of your hair loss and determine which method of hair restoration best suits you.
Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)
Hair loss in women is primarily due to natural causes including age, genetics, and hormonal changes caused by menopause. The signs of FPHL are similar to those of male pattern hair loss (MPHL):
- Thinning and volume reduction
- Receding hairline
- Frontal/crown hair loss
Both FPHL and MPHL are classified as non-scarring alopecia. Non-scarring alopecia is when the natural hair follicle growth cycle begins to change. The active growth (or anagen) stage becomes increasingly shorter, so the hair doesn’t grow. Once this happens, the catagen stage begins prematurely, so the follicle stops growing. Female pattern baldness affects up to 40% of women reaching age 50… although early-onset FPHL can start as young as just past puberty.
When women begin looking for hair restoration options, it is vital that the actual cause for their hair loss is determined because that information is critical when determining a course of action. Not only does the reason determine whether or not there is eligible donor hair, but also whether the cause of the hair loss (if medical but not a form of alopecia) needs to be treated or cured before beginning treatment.
Hair Restoration Options at the Hair Center of Nebraska
Dr. Daniel Gross offers several different options for hair restoration in his state-of-the-art, Omaha-based facility. Our most popular choice utilizes the ARTAS® Robotic FUE transplant system. This highly advanced computer-guided system leverages the speed and accuracy of robotics and the advantages of artificial intelligence to map out a new, natural-looking hairline and implant transplanted hair.
The Hair Center of Nebraska also provides manual FUE transplants for circumstances where it’s more appropriate. Manual FUE is performed using sophisticated instruments which the doctor utilizes to harvest the hair follicles from donor areas and implant them in the recipient area.
We understand that not all patients can afford FUE transplants and that some patients won’t qualify for the procedure. That’s why we offer several non-surgical options to our patients.
- Medical Therapy – The Hair Center of Nebraska has worked with a pharmacy to develop a line of medications used to not only slow the progression of hair loss but to stimulate significant regrowth as well. In any scenario where someone is concerned about hair loss, this is the place to start.
- Low-Level Laser Therapy – Specifically designed to assist those patients who suffer from female and male pattern baldness, this technique has proven effective in energizing hair follicle cells and stimulating growth. For patients who don’t meet the criteria for hair restoration surgery, LLLT is a viable alternative treatment. Dr. Gross also recommends LLLT for his post-hair restoration patients as a supplemental treatment.
Women’s Hair Restoration Options
At Hair Center of Nebraska, we treat each patient with compassion, kindness, and understanding. Losing your hair – no matter the cause – is traumatizing and taking the first steps toward treatment and replacement can be daunting. Hair restoration can be very challenging with so much self-esteem placed on personal appearance.
That’s why our team is ready to help figure out your next steps, beginning with a free assessment to learn why your hair loss is occurring. Once that’s complete, we will start a treatment plan custom-tailored to your needs. Patient care is our top priority at the Hair Center of Nebraska.