How to Treat Hair Loss in Women

Kimberly Langford

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Hair Loss In Women

Hair loss is an extremely common condition that affects primarily men: currently, as many as 35 million American males are experiencing hair loss, and an estimated 60% of men in the United States will notice their hair thinning by age 65. Hair loss also affects women, though these cases are less common. However, whether due to medication, illness, infection, chemical exposure or genetic predisposition, as many as 21 million U.S. women will report hair loss.

There are an average of 110,000 hair follicles on the typical human scalp, and the average person will lose around 50 to 100 hairs a day. If you notice yourself losing considerably more than usual, however, you may have a medical condition or other problem that is affecting the health of your hair and scalp. Doctors estimate that around 30 major illnesses and additional lifestyle factors can cause hair loss. Some women, however, have a genetic tendency towards hair loss.

Whatever the cause, treating hair loss in women is, in many ways, similar to treating hair loss in men. While hair will typically grow back after a woman treats her underlying medical condition or stops taking certain medications, treating female hair loss caused by genetic predisposition, wearing tight hairstyles, or other problems will typically require a new hair growth treatment. In these cases, many dermatologists recommend treating hair loss in women with laser hair growth treatments (which men sometimes use, too).

Lasers for hair growth typically uses red light in wavelengths between 630 and 660 nanometers. This wavelength has the ability to penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin, energizing fibroblast cells that produce collagen and elastin. As a result, only laser hair growth treatments have been proven effective in treating hereditary hair loss in men and women. And thanks to improving technology, many patients are able to use laser hair growth treatments at home with sessions of approximately 20 minutes each. If you are a woman who has experienced hair loss, this might be the best and only option to regrow and improve your natural hair. Research red light laser hair treatments today to see if clinical or home treatments can help you.

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