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April 29, 2015

New treatment options for women with hair loss

Some 30 million women in the United States have hereditary hair loss

An estimated 30 million women in America suffer from hereditary hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Fewer females experience the condition – 50 million men have it – but the negative impact on women tends to be greater. 

Studies have shown hair loss among women results in more extreme emotional and psychological issues, including lower self-esteem, stress and anxiety, which can also cause hair loss.

At the same time, there are fewer medical solutions for women than men for treating hair loss.


The New York Times recently featured a new treatment for women with hair loss that is being reported as a groundbreaking success. 

The $1,400 hour-long treatment is called platelet rich plasma (P.R.P.) and is said to work by stimulating dormant hair follicles, the Times reported.

Studies have shown hair loss among women, compared to men, results in more extreme emotional and psychological issues, including lower self-esteem, stress and anxiety, which can also cause hair loss.
"The procedure involves drawing blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to extract the plasma, adding various nutrients (like more protein), then injecting the resulting mixture in one-inch intervals in a grid on the top of the scalp, which has been numbed with a local anesthetic."

New hair growth usually takes at least four months, with follow-up treatments every six months.

The nonsurgical procedure doesn’t require downtime and has minimal side effects, the Times reports, though it is not covered by insurance.

Similarly, in November, Rogaine introduced a new 5 percent minoxidil formulation for women - a first for the brand. It’s a mousse, instead of a liquid, which may drip to unwanted areas, like the face.

Last year, Pantene also introduced a hair regrowth treatment for women that is 2 percent minoxidil.

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