Toronto Women Deal With Hair Loss Too – Here’s How We Treat It
Is the amount of hair on your pillow normal? If you’ve ever asked yourself that in a panic, you may be a woman experiencing hair loss. For women in Toronto, this is a far more significant problem than many guess. Some studies suggest up to ½ all women have seen notable thinning or balding by the time they reach 50. In their lifetime, nearly 80% of men and roughly 50% of women will have reported substantial thinning.
You may be aware that losing between 50 and 100 hairs per day is entirely reasonable. It’s the natural hair growth and shedding cycle that we all have, and the strands you find in your brush or the shower each day need not cause alarm. If, however, you have a family history of female hair loss or you notice sudden, rapid fall out, you can seek help from a hair specialist. Take heart – there are solutions.
Women with hair loss in Toronto report that it interferes significantly with their daily lives, including confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of femininity. Though it is widespread, there is a commonly held belief that balding is a man’s issue. So when women have hair loss, it stands out.
If you’re suffering from this issue, know that you’re not alone. At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we treat women successfully with a variety of hair restoration methods. Read on to learn more.
Why do women suffer from hair loss?
The cause of women’s hair loss can be a little different than men. To be clear, hair breakage does not fall under this category; rather women hair loss means strands that fall out from the root. Known in the medical world as alopecia, losing hair for a variety of reasons is not unusual, but the hereditary type known as androgenic alopecia is most common for both sexes.
In females, the additional influence of female hormone shifts can cause somewhat sudden hair thinning. At two different occasions in a woman’s life, her hormones may lead to dramatic hair loss—pregnancy and menopause.
Androgenic alopecia for females is due to androgens, male hormones that we all have. The actions of these hormones are affected by pregnancy, ovarian cysts, certain birth control pills, and menopause.
When the balance of estrogen and testosterone shifts, hair can be a casualty
DHT, the dihydrotestosterone hormone, is also at least partly to blame for hair follicle miniaturization in women, just like men. Males tend to have much more testosterone, so in many cases they notice androgenic alopecia in higher numbers, more severely, and starting at a younger age.
The pattern of women hair thinning is also different. Men will usually see a receding hairline first with deepening widow’s peaks, then a growing bald spot. Instead, women with hair loss typically see evenly diffused thinning all over the head, making the scalp more visible throughout. The part may also widen if they wear their hair long.
Pre-determined genetics will cause more men to bald predictably, so that condition is often nicknamed male pattern baldness.
It’s not just genetics – more reasons women have hair loss
Women’s hair loss causes aren’t just hormonal. Physical and emotional stress have been known to trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. When a woman’s body experiences something traumatic like childbirth, major surgery, crash dieting, or extreme grief, it can impact her hair.
Roughly 90% of your hair is in the growing (anagen) and transitional (catagen) stages at any given time, but they can all shift suddenly to the resting (telogen) phase. It’s almost as if a woman’s system locks down on some functions while it attempts to preserve health and safety.
Traction alopecia refers to the sometimes temporary, sometimes long-term balding resulting from consistent tension on the hair. It’s due to tight hairstyles such as braids and weaves. While the hair may grow back after the pressure is relieved, in extreme cases the follicles are damaged and will no longer grow hair.
Some women find the unwanted and unpleasant side effect of starvation dieting is that the temporary malnutrition and stress to the system causes telogen effluvium. The good news is that once the stressor is removed and your health is recovered, these hairs do tend to grow back. Though it will take many months, the follicles will become active again, so no hair loss treatment is required.
We see an uptick in marketing for male hair surgery these days, as technology has advanced incredibly and these procedures are performing better than ever. What we don’t tend to see a lot of is advertising directed at females, but women with hair loss in Toronto make up a significant portion of our clients at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic.
Meet your hair transplant surgeon
Dr. Cory Torgerson is a nationally recognized cosmetic facial surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery. Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he’s not only highly adept in the latest, innovative facial rejuvenation procedures, but in the industry’s most advanced hair restoration methods as well.
At our stylish Yorkville clinic, we’re pleased to offer the elite SmartGraft hair transplant system, which delivers consistently high hair graft take rates and incredibly natural results. Both men and women love this FUE (follicular unit extraction) option for hair transplant because it’s virtually scarless, and treatment can be completely customized. For this reason, FUE can be very useful for women with hair loss too.
Consultation with Dr. Torgerson
Thankfully, women with hair loss in Toronto are speaking up, so specialists and product developers are taking notice. Because the medical community now recognizes the prevalence of women’s hair loss, the word is getting out that there are real, practical options to help. If you suffer the psychological and emotional drawbacks of this problem and want help, your first step is to contact us and arrange a complimentary appointment with Dr. Torgerson. Your consultation will be private and confidential.
At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we strive to help everyone look and feel their best. Dr. Torgerson will listen to you, thoroughly assess your scalp and health picture, then share possible options. There’s likely to be more than one approach or a combined approach in some cases.
Before suggesting hair transplant surgery, it’s critical to understand the cause of the hair fallout. Because of multiple influencing factors, you may need to complete a test or two and answer some detailed questions to help us get you the most targeted care.
Sometimes illness and medications can cause women’s hair loss. Such common illnesses include thyroid disease, iron deficiency, and hormonal changes. Aside from these regular issues, immunosuppressive medications trigger hair loss, as will steroids. We’ll develop a complete picture of your situation to create a game plan that is safe and effective for you.
If you’re not ready for a hair transplant or it’s not advised for you, PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) is a trending and exciting option we love that supercharges the scalp and follicles for renewed growth. It works very well wherever follicles are dormant or miniaturized to get hair growing again thicker, faster, and denser. It’s derived from your own blood and 100% natural, so this is a safe and risk-free treatment option many people choose.
Unlike hair transplant surgery, PRP is effective for all kinds of women hair loss, whether temporary or progressive. It can help nourish and keep the hair you have, or kickstart regrowth if you’ve temporarily experienced fallout. Ask about PRP for women. We’ll be pleased to tell you how you can get started.
The popularity of FUE (follicular unit extraction) is soaring because it doesn’t require a strip of the scalp to be removed with a scalpel like the traditional FUT (strip method) does. Though that is still the best approach for some cases, most people prefer to avoid linear scarring and opt for the fast, natural results of FUE with minimal downtime and virtually no signs of surgery.
Here’s why FUE hair transplants might be your top choice for hair restoration:
We love this method of hair transplant for its ease and natural-looking outcomes. Individual hair grafts are under their guidance with a team of skilled professionals to position each one just right. That means the angle, direction of the hair, and graft density – every detail is accounted for.
Where the follicles are harvested from is critical too. For most people, the more robust and DHT-resistant hairs will be located at the back and sides of the scalp. A small area will be buzzed short, and the donor hairs are taken just a few at a time with a tiny punch tool. These micro incisions are so small that the holes close quickly. Once they have healed, they should leave no trace.
Note* It’s essential to choose an expert because the details of donor hair removal and the implantation of grafts matter very much. Whether this is done skillfully or not could make the difference between having a flawless result you love or a problem to cover up.
Because women tend to have diffuse hair thinning, it’s especially important that the transplant team plan carefully to extract donor hairs in a very randomized and evenly distributed manner. Taking too many hairs from an already thin area means a higher likelihood of visible FUE sites.
These key points will be discussed with you in detail during your complimentary consultation. The success rate is over 90% for follicles transferred through the latest methods, and there are no stitches, scalpels, or even much downtime required. You’ll be able to get back to most regular activities right away with a few modifications like covering up your scalp for the first week.
Let us help you get your luscious locks back
We’re happy to provide this consultation service free of charge because we believe that patients should feel invited to gather information and be informed about their options without any pressure. If you decide that you’d like to go ahead, we’ll continue to walk alongside you and support you on your transformative journey.
There are many possible treatments and interventions to help if you’re a woman experiencing hair loss. In Toronto, our clinic offers both surgical and non-invasive procedures that deliver excellent results. You don’t have to cover up or hide anymore. We’d love to meet you and discuss how we might create a plan to get you looking and feeling your beautiful best again. Contact us today, and let’s talk.