in Women with CBS News’s Kate Sullivan
While we see a lot of media regarding hair loss in men, hair loss in women is less visible. We often joke about a middle-aged balding man, however when it occurs in a woman, the effects can be devastating.
A woman’s hair often defines her femininity and any thinning or hair loss may cause real psychological trauma. Dealing with it can be a real burden, and trying to cover it up with different hairstyles and hair products can become all consuming.
And it is also challenging to find accurate information regarding the cause of the loss and thinning.
If you happen to be one of the unlucky millions of women with this problem, you’ll want to learn what may be causing the problem and what can be done about it. Your dermatologist may search for clues to see if your hair loss is associated with any other conditions such as thyroid problems, anemia and autoimmune disorders. The may ultimately learn that your hair loss is simply a genetic problem and suggest some products.
If your hair is very curly, you may also learn that many of the styling techniques you’ve tried has created some of the problem as well (perms, braids, other chemicals etc). Historically, the only treatment has been a cortisone injection into the scalp. However, we have recently been learning more and more about the causes of hair loss in women and fortunately, we have a number of solutions to combat the problems. This may include topical therapy, medications, procedures and a number of newer effective styling techniques and devices. Once the underlying problem is determined, you’ll be on you way to having your hair back (and your life!)
After this, many of the treatments for women are the same as they are for men.
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