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Female Hair Loss

Curly, straight, short or long, your hair says a lot about you and your personality. For most women, hair is more than just a bundle of fibers; it is a way to express yourself and losing it can be a frightening situation. Hair loss is a part of everyday life. Women can shed up to 150 strands of hair a day. Unfortunately for some women, the hair loss goes far beyond the normal, leaving them with thinning hair or balding areas.

Dr. Michael Wolfeld is the premier hair restoration specialist in NYC who offers some of the most advanced treatments available today to address female hair loss in NYC.

What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

In female pattern hair loss, there is a specific thinning of hair on the scalp due to increased shedding or an overall reduction in the volume of hair produced. Female pattern hair loss is a bit different from male pattern baldness. Men typically have a receding frontal hairline, which can progress to a bald patch on top of the head. Women typically experience thinning all over, or the center part gets wider as the follicles stop producing the volume of hair they did in the past.

Common Causes of Female Hair Loss

There are two types of hair loss, genetic and reactive. If you have family members with hair thinning, the chances are that you will experience the same due to your genetic programming. Reactive hair loss can be caused by certain triggers and are far different than the family-inherited hair loss gene. Common female hair loss triggers include:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress
  • Iron deficiency
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Substantial/drastic weight loss
  • Age

Effects Hair Loss Has on Women

Hair loss is not just a cosmetic issue. Many women that experience female pattern hair loss can face significant psychological distress as well. We live in a society that places a high value on beauty and our hair is a big part of that equation. Hair loss in women can be associated with:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Introversion
  • A general feeling of unattractiveness

What Treatments are Available for Female Hair Loss?

The good news is that there are many options for women who are experiencing hair loss. It is important to seek reliable information and advice from experienced providers who treat women for hair loss every day. Dr. Wolfeld and his knowledgeable and experienced staff will diagnose your condition to identify the cause of your hair loss and advise you of the various treatment options available.

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Surgical Hair Restoration Might be the Answer

Permanent hair loss can also be treated by hair replacement procedures such as hair transplantation. Dr. Wolfeld is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in female hair restoration in NYC and can perform a hair transplant to restore hair in areas that have experienced loss following surgery, trauma, or scarring on the scalp.

Wolfeld Hair Can Help you Address Female Hair Loss

Hair loss doesn’t happen overnight. If you notice excessive daily hair shedding for more than three months, it is important to address the issue. Located in New York City, Wolfeld Hair is focused strictly on addressing hair loss with the most advanced treatments and technology available. Dr. Wolfeld has extensive training and experience. You can feel confident that the cause of your hair loss will be diagnosed, and a customized treatment plan developed to restore your hair – and your confidence.


Hair loss concealers are a smart way to buy yourself a few more years of great, full looking hair. Due to the competition in this product category, prices have been driven down, making long term refills and application more economical.

Quality hair loss concealers are the safest option and are known for the best results. These products have passed safety tests and will not affect the tissues of your scalp or the health of your existing hair. Try to use a hair loss concealer that has keratin based fibers that combine with hair using static electricity. It is also important to match the color of the concealer with the color of your hair in order to achieve a natural looking consistency.

Shampoos for Thinning Hair

An ideal shampoo for thinning hair should not only improve the volume of strands but also encourage growth and circulation of hair follicles.

Prescription shampoos like ketoconazole are anti-androgenetic, meaning they prevent testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), two hormones associated with hair loss by targeting hair growth at the site of the follicle and helping to interrupt the hormone cycle locally that causes thinning. Over-the-counter growth shampoos typically contain amino acids and antioxidants to provide the components to rebuild hair as well as reduce damage and inflammation.

‘Formulas with antioxidants such as vitamin E and ginseng, amino acids, and B-vitamins to help rebuild hair and reduce environmental damage. Take caution against those with dyes and preservatives like parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances, which can irritate hair and reduce moisture.

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