May 13, 2019

Whether it happens gradually with aging or at a younger time in your life, it can be difficult to deal with thinning hair. It can be particularly distressing for women, who face different social norms and expectations. Yet roughly one-third of women experience hair loss at some point in their lives, and two-thirds of postmenopausal women have hair thinning or bald spots.

Causes of Hair Thinning

The most common cause of hair thinning is hereditary history. Male- and female-pattern baldness is heritable and usually happens as people age, and in predictable patterns like a receding hairline or bald spot in men, and overall thinning hair in women.

Medical conditions are hormonal changes can also cause either permanent or temporary changes in hair. Thyroid problems, pregnancy, menopause, and childbirth are examples of hormonal changes that might lead to thinning hair.

Extreme stress can lead to thinning hair, too, although this type of hair thinning is usually temporary.

Treatment Options

Low Level Laser Hair Therapy (LLLT) low-intensity light to stimulate cellular activity. Hair is one of the fastest growing tissues of the human body, and LLLT stimulates blood circulation in the area and promotes hair regrowth.

Minoxidil was initially meant to treat high blood pressure, but is an effective treatment to help stimulate hair growth. It has recently been approved for use by women. While it can help new, fine hair grow, Minoxidil doesn’t typically restore the full density of hair.

Hair transplants are also an option that can restore full, dense hair. NeoGraft is a minimally invasive procedure which involves hair transplantation. The process, called follicular unit extraction, takes one follicle at a time and transplants it from the back or side of the head to the top, where the thinning is. Unlike strip transplant surgery, FUE procedures are highly controlled and automated, says Dr. Charles Powell. Because the procedure doesn’t use a scalpel, that means no linear scarring and less time commitment for patients.

NeoGraft patients are usually able to return to work several days after a treatment. NeoGraft can also be used to restore hair in other places like eyebrows.