Hair loss is a condition that many people associate with men of a particular age. However, hair loss is, in fact, a more widespread problem than you might think and affects a number of individuals regardless of age and gender. Indeed, hair loss in women is, in many respects, a neglected issue and it’s estimated that around 8 million women here in the UK currently suffer from hair loss.
A woman’s hair is often closely tied to their self-image, and losing your hair as a woman can be a particularly devastating experience that can have a variety of psychological and emotional consequences. For example, hair loss can lead to feelings such as a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem, and can also have a detrimental impact on relationships and quality of life.
Whilst men’s hair tends to recede from areas such as the crown or forehead, this pattern may be different in women, who tend to notice thinning on the top half of the scalp and rarely develop a receding hairline.
As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, there are a number of different factors that can cause hair loss, and hair loss in women can be triggered by a number of different medical conditions and lifestyle factors, including hormone imbalances and stress.
Luckily there are a number of different treatments available, such as hair transplants, and the perception that such treatments are only for men is simply wrong. It’s also important to address the psychological impact of hair loss. For example, some useful self-help tips for coping with the psychological impact of hair loss include joining a support group, where you can share your experiences with others, and talking to friends and family which can be a real help.
Here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic we’re expert providers of high-quality hair transplants in the UK and can provide you with all the support and understanding you need. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.
It’s normal to shed around 50 to 100 hairs a day, and for some people with dark, long hair it can be much more noticeable. Most people do not notice losing hair as we have around 100,000 hairs growing in our scalp. It’s when you start to notice that you are losing hair and balding occurs that you should take notice.
There are many conditions that can cause hair loss, some more severe than the others, but whatever the condition, hair loss can have huge effects on your self-esteem and confidence, which is why we provide hair transplants at The Aesthetic Skin Clinic.
Hair loss can be caused by the following medical or mental conditions and disorders:
- Alopecia areata – This is one of the main reasons for hair loss, it occurs when the immune system attacks the follicles of your hair. It causes round patches of hair loss.
- Thyroid – If the thyroid glands aren’t working correctly (to regulate hormone levels) hair loss can be the result.
- Anxiety & stress – this mental condition can lead to skin picking compulsions, which can cause hair loss. Stress can have many negative effects on the body, but hair loss isn’t always permanent.
- Scalp infections – ringworm can infect your scalp and lead to hair loss. Infections need to be treated, however once treated hair usually grows back.
- Trichotillomania – this is a hair pulling disorder; sufferers often have an uncontrollable urge to pull out their hair – this could be eyelashes, eyebrows, arm hair or hair from the scalp.
One of the main causes of hair loss is human hormones; the most common is probably male-pattern baldness which is hereditary. Thinning of the hair can even happen during puberty. Hormonal imbalances can be the cause of hair loss; it can be associated with pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and birth control medication.
Not all conditions lead to hair loss, however, if you do think you are suffering from one of the above conditions it is important that you see your G.P. Hair loss not only affects you physically but also emotionally and mentally. You don’t have to suffer with it though, as we provide quality hair transplants that will help you inside and out.
To book a consultation, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We will be more than happy to help.
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