Hair Loss for Women

Most people are familiar with male-pattern hair loss, but many aren’t aware of female-pattern hair loss. It can be even more challenging socially because beautiful hair is traditionally a key component of our standard of female beauty. It can attract more attention when women have thinning hair or bald spots. Up to one-third of women experience hair loss at some time in their lives. At T3 Hair Preservation, Dr. Michael Beckenstein understands the unique concerns of the women he sees from Huntsville, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and other nearby cities who are considering hair loss treatments at his Birmingham, Alabama, hair restoration practice.

What Causes Hair Loss for Women?

As with men, there are potentially multiple reasons for hair loss in women. Medical conditions, medications, stress, and, most significantly, hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause thinning hair. Your primary care doctor or a dermatologist should check sudden or unexplained hair loss to determine the underlying cause.

For most women, the main type of hair loss is the same as with men: androgenetic alopecia. This is the clinical name for female (or male) pattern hair loss. It’s typically first seen at the part line, where hair begins gradually thinning. The hair loss extends from the top of the head as the part line becomes wider. In some cases, there’s a see-through appearance in the hair at the top of the head.

What Sets Us Apart

What does T3 Hair Preservation offer that "big box" hair restoration practices don't?

  • Continuity of care—Dr. Beckenstein personally treats each patient
  • Customized treatment plans
  • Board-certified plastic surgeon
  • Advanced hair restoration and preservation treatments

Hair Preservation & Restoration by Age

Whatever your age, Dr. Beckenstein’s comprehensive hair loss evaluation starts with a thorough assessment of your condition, including a physical examination, lab work, computer analysis, and genetic testing. These are basic treatment trends for various age groups in both men and women.

Ages 16-20

In this age range, nonsurgical hair preservation therapies are recommended. Hair transplantation is rarely recommended. Therapeutic treatments may include compounded topical or oral medications, which can help restore healthy hair growth. Other treatments include low-level laser therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Hormonal manipulators cannot be used on women in this age group.

Ages 20s & 30s

Nonsurgical therapies are usually recommended as initial treatments or to supplement hair replacement. Hair transplantation may be recommended if there is significant thinning resulting in major scalp exposure. Hair preservation must be used with hair replacement, as you must treat the remaining hairs to keep them where they are. Otherwise, that hair will be lost in time. Hormonal modulators are not recommended for women in this age group.

Ages 30s to 60s

The same treatment options as those identified for younger patients are all possible, along with micropigmentation, tissue expansion, scalp reduction surgery, or hairline lowering surgery. Hair transplant surgery combined with nonsurgical therapies is more common for older patients. Hormonal modulators may be utilized for more mature women.

Our Menu of Treatments

At T3 Hair Preservation, we encourage women to take a proactive approach. We offer a variety of solutions to boost and enhance your hair growth. For women who have just started to notice hair loss or those whose condition is more pronounced, Dr. Beckenstein may recommend a combination of treatments as part of an overall plan to restore their hair.

Treatments to Preserve and Grow Hair

A proactive approach that helps protect hair before you experience significant hair loss ranges from prescription medication to laser therapy to platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Our hair preservation treatments include:

Minoxidil (Rogaine®): Applying minoxidil to the scalp stimulates hair growth. The FDA has approved an over-the-counter 2% solution for women, and a 5% solution is also available when a stronger solution is needed.

Hair Loss Products: There are 3 types of at-home treatments available from T3 Hair Preservation that can help both preserve and restore your hair. They include OMNI bioceutical products that stimulate hair follicles to grow thicker hair shafts, customized Reload Therapeutic kits that use selected plant extracts and peptides in 3 separate formulations that promote new hair growth, and products designed to enrich the hair and scalp.

Laser Therapy: The advanced low-level laser technology used by Dr. Beckenstein increases blood flow to the scalp, stimulating hair follicles to grow thicker hair. The FDA-approved treatment is the best option for women who cannot take hair restoration medications such as finasteride (Propecia®) but who dislike the wet, greasy appearance of minoxidil.

PRP Therapy: Plasma rich in platelets has been used in medicine for decades, most notably to help athletes heal more quickly after an injury. The same growth factors that stimulate the body’s natural healing process also boosts hair growth. It’s a popular option for women whose hair loss treatments are more limited and is often combined with laser therapy.

Transdermal Infusion: This needle-less technique “injects” agents into the scalp using electrical currents. The currents infuse the scalp with therapeutic serums containing growth factors and peptides. The serums stimulate the immune system, influencing the follicles to create healthier hair. This is a revolutionary development in the field of hair loss therapy, and T3 Hair Preservation is the first to offer it in Alabama. 

Genome Assessment: Women have special requirements for medical treatments and through genome diagnostics, Dr. Beckenstein can determine which treatment options would be best for you.

Michael S. Beckenstein MD, FACS

Dr. Beckenstein is one of the leading hair preservation and restoration specialists in the South and treats each patient personally. The board-certified plastic surgeon combines exceptional technical skill with a personable demeanor to create a relaxed environment for the men and women concerned about hair loss.

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Treatments to Restore Hair

NeoGraft®: This automated hair restoration therapy extracts healthy hair follicles and transplants them to areas of hair loss. The technique, called follicular unit transplantation (FUT), is often combined with one of the treatments described above to create excellent results.

SHFST Micropigmentation: A highly specialized technique, hair follicle simulation tattoo (SHFST) treatments create the appearance of thicker hair. It’s an option for women who, for whatever reason, cannot undergo hair replacement treatments.

Hair Loss Surgery: Surgical treatments for advanced hair loss patients, both women and men, includes both scalp reduction and tissue expansion procedures. Scalp reduction removes balding areas and advances the scalp on either side before suturing the incision. Tissue expansion is a type of reconstructive surgery that may be used to restore hair to areas affected by a traumatic injury. It involves 2 separate procedures.

If you’re concerned about losing hair or have already noticed hair thinning, Dr. Beckenstein and his team have an array of solutions that can help boost hair growth and your confidence. Request a consultation using the online form to discuss your hair loss concerns at our Birmingham, AL, practice, or call us at (205) 776-7985 to schedule an appointment.