Know These 3 Treatments for Female Hair Loss

When us ladies start losing our hair or suddenly notice it thinning, a million thoughts begin rushing to our mind. I have encountered many, many women in my office distraught with the idea of thinning hair, and it’s important for you to not only accept it, but understand that there are many options available to you.

1. Minoxidil

How it works:

For the first 2 to 8 weeks, you may notice a temporary increase in hair loss. This stops when your hair begins to regrow. Hair grows slowly, so it takes time to see results. You’ll need to use minoxidil continuously for about 1 year before you know how well it will work for you.

If this medication works for you, you’ll need to use it every day to continue getting results.

Pro: This is the most highly recommended treatment for female hair loss, and you don’t need a prescription for it.

Con: Hair loss can continue once you stop using it.

2. Spironolactone

How it works:

This medication is a diuretic, which has been prescribed for decades to treat hair loss. It is a common treatment to try for female pattern hair loss.

If your dermatologist prescribes one of these medications, you’ll need to take it for 6 to 12 months before you’ll know if it works for you. No hair growth within 12 months means the medication won’t work for you.

Pro: The medication is not expensive and it has a low risk profile.

Con: Like minoxidil, once you stop taking a prescription medication, you lose the hair that grew. This happens in about 3 to 4 months.

3. Hair transplant

How it works:

Although this has typically been used to treat hair loss in men, it’s still an option for women - it’s come a long way from the days of hair plugs!

Pro: Hair transplants today look completely natural.

Con: Not everyone is a good candidate for a hair transplant. If the hair on your scalp is spase all over, you might not have enough healthy hair to transplant. Dermatologists are able to tell you if a transplant can restore your hair.

While we’re still on the lookout for more hair loss treatments for women, remember that the first step to making a change is consulting your dermatologist. They may be able to rule out whether it’s really hair loss, or another condition causing it. Remember that treatment works best when it is started at the first sign of hair loss - so keep yourself educated and talk to your dermatologist if you have any concerns.

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD

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