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Female Hair Loss: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Female hair loss is a condition wherein, a woman starts her losing hair. Most women experience hair thinning and hair loss where they part their hair or at the top central portion of their head. It could be due to ageing, hormonal changes, hereditary condition, stress or a particular hair style or treatment. Women may also experience hair loss at the time of menopause or post partum period. Medications are available in the form of pills, liquid or gel to stop hair loss and grow more hair. If you want a permanent solution to the problem, your hair can be transplanted by a cosmetic surgery. You can go for wigs or hair pieces if you do not want to go undergo surgery or medications.

How is the treatment done?

You must consult a doctor if your hair loss condition is getting out of hand. The doctor will first prescribe you with some medications. Minoxidil is an over the counter medication that you must rub in your scalp twice a day for 16 weeks. It is available in the form of liquid or foam. There are some medications, like finasteride, that are supposed to be used only by men. Make sure that you consult a good doctor and do not consume the wrong medications. If medications do not work, you have the option to go for hair transplant or hair restoration surgery. It is a fairly permanent treatment to your hair loss woes. Hair restoration surgery is quite effective if the top of your head is facing permanent hair loss. Tiny plugs of skin, containing a few strands of hair, will be removed from the sides or back of your scalp. These plugs will then be implanted in the bald sections of your scalp. However, this process is more expensive and painful. If these treatments do not work out, you may want to try wigs or hair pieces. There are authentic and good quality wigs available which you may choose according to your already existing hair texture.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are a woman facing serious hair loss issues, you must consult a doctor and try to get rid of it through medications. If medications do not solve your problem, you may go for surgery or hair pieces.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are going through some other medical treatment, the hair loss may be due to the side effects of those medications. Make sure you are over with that treatment before going for this one.

Are there any side effects?

Consuming minoxidil may result in scalp irritation, unwanted hair growth on your face or hands and rapid heart rate. You may experience a little pain, infection or scarring if you get hair restoration surgery done.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must follow the guidelines prescribed by your doctor. Make sure that you are consuming a nutritious diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, fish, oysters and other food items rich in vitamin C. Stay away from tobacco and alcohol.

How long does it take to recover?

Minoxidil takes about 16 weeks to show results. Surgery will be done in 2-3 sessions depending on the severity of your condition. It will immediately show results but you will have to take some precautions for a few weeks.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Minoxidil may cost between ₹250 - ₹600 per 50ml. The cost of hair transplant surgery may be between ₹50000- ₹250000 depending on the number of plugs that need to be implanted to treat your condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatments are permanent if you keep consuming the prescribed medications and follow the guidelines after the treatment is done.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Rubbing your scalp with coconut oil, lavender oil and rosemary oil is considered to be good in order to stop hair loss. Almond oil is also good for hair growth. You may also try consuming vitamin E supplements to improve the health of your hair.

Safety: Medium Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs 250 - Rs 2,50,000

Popular Health Tips

5 Most Common Gynaecology Problems!

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, Diploma In Ultrasound, Fellowship In Laproscopy
Gynaecologist, Delhi
5 Most Common Gynaecology Problems!

Almost every woman suffers from a gynecological problem at some point or the other. In most cases these disorders are mild and easily treatable, but some gynecological problems can have serious implications and affect their fertility and quality of life.

Here are the five most common gynecological problems faced by women.

  1. Dysmenorrhea: Abdominal cramps and back aches are common side effects of menstruation but some women can suffer from excruciating pain during their menstrual cycles. This is known as dysmenorrheal. This is caused by a decreased supply of oxygen to the uterus due to strong contractions in the uterus. These cramps become less painful as a woman ages and in most cases is resolved by childbirth. Symptoms of this disorder include excruciating abdominal pain, pain in the lower back, inner thighs and hips, nausea and loose stools.
  2. Ovarian Cysts: Ovarian cysts can be big or small and many women live with cysts without being aware of it. These cysts can be described as fluid filled sac like structures that develop around and on the ovary which vary in terms of size and type. Ovarian cysts may or may not be tumors. Cysts can be a result of the growth of a follicle or the breaking down of tissue within the ovaries. In most cases, these cysts dissolve on their own but they should be monitored carefully.
  3. Endometriosis: This is a condition where the uterine tissue grows outside the walls of the uterus. This occurs commonly on the ovaries and fallopian tubes but can also develop on the cervix, bladder, bowel or rectum. The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown. Some theories suggest that it is triggered by retrograde menstruation or the backward flow of menstrual blood into the fallopian tubes. The symptoms of this condition include abdominal cramps, pain during intercourse and bowel movements, bleeding between periods and digestive problems.
  4. Poly Cyst Ovarian Disease (PCOD): PCOD is a condition where the ovaries produce follicles that develop into cysts instead of eggs. This leads to a lack of viable eggs and thus affects a woman’s fertility. This can also cause mood swings and depression. PCOD is triggered by hormone changes and exhibits symptoms such as irregular periods, acne, hair loss and breathing problems while sleeping.
  5. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): UTIs are usually caused by bacterial infections and can be triggered by pregnancy, frequent intercourse, diabetes and as a side effect of certain types of medication. The symptoms of this condition include stinging and burning sensations while urinating, abdominal cramps, painful intercourse and an increased urge to urinate frequently.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hair Transplant- 5 Things When It's A Must

CIDESCO, DGA, DBT, DBC, MBBS
Trichologist, Mumbai
Hair Transplant- 5 Things When It's A Must

Hair transplant is a surgical procedure where hair is surgically implanted on the head. You can opt for this procedure, if you suffer from hair loss and bald spots on your head. The surgery comprises of shifting hair follicles from one part of the head to another. Mostly, hair follicles from back of the head are relocated to the balding areas.

The reasons when you can opt for a hair transplant are

  1. Involutional alopecia: It is a form of alopecia where the hair growth tends to decrease due to ageing resulting in thinning and shorter hair. The follicles remain in the telogen phase (resting phase) for an extended amount of time. You may opt for a hair transplant surgery to correct this disorder.
  2. Male pattern baldness (Androgenic alopecia): Androgenic alopecia is a condition which is characterized by a gradual receding hairline, especially along the temples. This is caused due to the testosterone hormone being converted in to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes shrinking of the hair follicles. If you are affected by male pattern baldness, then you may opt for a hair transplant surgery.
  3. Female pattern baldness: Females may also be affected by baldness which is characterized by loss of hair from the top of the head and gradual thinning of hair. It may lead to self-esteem issues; so opting for a hair transplant surgery is recommended.
  4. Traction alopecia: This type of hair loss occurs due to exertion of external pressure on the hair which may cause it to fall. If the hair does not grow back then it would result in a bald patch. Thus you may opt for a hair transplant procedure if you suffer from this disorder and experience loss of hair.
  5. Trichotillomania: This is a psychological condition where a person pulls out his/her hair. If excessive hair is lost resulting in bald spots, then you may opt for hair transplant surgery. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.
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7 Ways Your Body Changes During Pregnancy

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Ahmedabad
7 Ways Your Body Changes During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most transformative experiences in the life of a woman. Every moment of pregnancy is filled with intense joy and anticipation. However, due to massive hormonal fluctuations during this time period, there can be moments of unexplained depression and distress. This happens mostly due to the metamorphosis that the body undergoes in order to accommodate the growth and development of a new life. During this time, innumerable physical changes take place.

Other major change that can vary from one woman to another depends on their lifestyle, general health, diet and self-care routine. Another important factor to consider is the kind of drugs that the doctors prescribe which can affect the body in different ways.

Ways in which your body transforms during pregnancy

  1. Skin: The rise in the levels of oestrogen often provides the “pregnancy glow” to the skin. It can temporarily make the skin look even toned and healthy. However, it may also affect the skin in a negative manner; give rise to blotchy pigmentation, rashes, under eye dark circles. The increase in oil secretion causes acne outbreaks. Stretch marks are common problems that do not seem to go easily. These are visible mostly near the abdomen and on the limbs.
  2. Hair: On a regular basis, almost 100 hair strands fall out, and new hair strands take their place. This continues in a cyclical process. During pregnancy, the follicles are mostly locked in a growing phase that causes a surge in the volume of hair. After the birth of the baby, the extra follicles start falling out and this phase can cause a lot of distress to the new mother. However, with proper care and medication, the excessive hair fall should be in control in a month or two.
  3. Bodyache: Back pain , especially in the pelvic or lower back region is one of the most common occurrences in the advanced stages of pregnancy. This is accompanied by headaches, swollen legs or tingly, numb feeling in the hands. The substantial increase in water retention is most visible in the legs and feet and may make walking or standing painfully difficult. Varicose veins develop and worsen during pregnancy. The sudden, yet temporary weight gain causes difficulty in movement.
  4. Digestion: The digestive system slows done during pregnancy. This happens due to a number of chemical secretions, hormones and in most cases, the inability to remain physically active as before. This leads to a rise in acidity, indigestion and most commonly, constipation.
  5. Incontinence: The pressure on the urethra can lead to difficulty in urination and cause incontinence.
  6. Heart, lungs and blood pressure: The heart has to work harder than before and pump extra blood to the growing baby within the womb. This causes an increase in the pulse rate and blood circulation throughout the baby. The blood pressure fluctuates and may drop down during the second trimester as the pregnancy hormones often cause the blood vessels to relax. This is often the reason for dizziness and disorientation during pregnancy. In case of patients with hypertension, the blood vessels may constrict and can create a medical emergency situation.
  7. Breasts: The increase in progesterone and estrogen, and the milk producing hormone ‘prolactin’ create visible changes in the breasts. This includes darkening of the areola, increase in the blood flow to the breasts, erection and hypersensitivity in the nipples and the growth in the milk sacs, ducts and lobes.

Most of these symptoms improve and disappear in a few weeks after child birth and the body starts recovering. The sheer exhaustion of childbirth takes a toll on the physical and mental health of the mother. There is utmost need of rest and proper nutrition. There is no need to rush to heal yourself, it is best left to nature along with a few guidelines that a doctor will help you with.

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Understanding the Types of Hair Loss - Check Your Symptoms!

MD, D.V.D, MBBS
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Understanding the Types of Hair Loss - Check Your Symptoms!

At any point of time, only 90% of your hair is growing. The remaining 10% is resting and falls off after 2 to 3 months to make space for new hair follicles. Thus, while it is normal to shed a few strands of hair a day is normal, waking up to find multiple strands of hair on your pillow can be a nightmare for anyone.

Hair loss can be of many types and in order to treat it, you must first figure what type of hair loss you suffer from. Some of the main types of hair loss are:

  1. Involutional alopecia: This type of hair loss affects people who are middle aged and older. In such cases, more and more hair follicles go into the resting phase after which they fall off. The hair that remains becomes shorter and brittle making it easier to break.
  2. Telogen effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a temporary condition that causes changes in the hair follicle’s growth cycle and puts a number of hair follicles into the resting phase simultaneously. This is often experienced after a stressful event like a severe illness, childbirth, stress or sudden weight loss, and can last for anywhere between a few weeks to a few months.
  3. Male and female pattern baldness: For males, hair loss at the top of the scalp in an ‘M’ shape which gradually turns into a ‘U’ around the side of the head is a sign of pattern baldness. This condition makes hair follicle thinner, shorter and brittle and is triggered by genetic conditions. For women, this condition begins with hair loss at the crown and gradually progresses to complete baldness. Both male and female pattern baldness have very gradual hair loss and so you may not notice significant thinning until quite late.
  4. Patchy hair loss: One of the most noticeable symptoms of this type of hair loss is one or two smooth, hairless spots. Apart from the scalp, it can also affect the eyebrows, arms, legs and facial hair. In most cases, this has a sudden onset and is temporary. However, when hair grows back in one bald spot, it may fall out from another. In some cases, the hair may not fall out but may break, leaving behind patches of extremely short hair.
  5. Tinea capitis: This is a contagious fungal infection that affects the scalp of school-going children. It makes hair in certain patches or all over the scalp break off and triggers inflammation in the scalp. Pus-filled sores and a scaly scalp are other symptoms of this condition.
  6. Trichotillomania: Hair fall can also be triggered if you twist or pull your own hair. This psychological disorder often affects children and causes hair loss by breakage. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.
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5 Things You Would Experience After Menopause

Diploma in Advance Endoscopy, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG), MS, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
5 Things You Would Experience After Menopause

Menopause is the loss of a woman's natural ability to conceive as she approaches the age of 50. The levels of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone begin to drop disrupting the ovulation and menstruation cycles. There are also associated symptoms of menopause, such as weigh gain, low sex drive and hot flashes. You can also take the package for Living Healthy - Woman.

Here are 5 other problems you may experience after menopause:

  1. Increased level of cholesterol: The human body comprises two types of cholesterol primarily: High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). The former is known as "good cholesterol". Estrogen helps to keep your HDL high and LDL low. After menopause, the levels of LDL or "bad cholesterol" naturally go up even if HDL levels remain unaltered. Regular physical exercise can prevent the rise in the levels of LDL.
  2. Dry skin: Estrogen is responsible for controlling the production of oil in your body. As estrogen levels fall, the oil secretion falls too. This leads to dry and scaly skin, especially skin of the face and arms. You can use moisturizers and creams to prevent flaking of the skin.
  3. Hair fallThis is also a result of dry skin. The skin of the scalp dries up and cannot provide nourishment to the hair. This causes hair fall. The variability in the levels of the hormones also causes deficiency of certain proteins that are essential for the nails and hair. Use mild herbal shampoos to deal with the problem. Chemical treatment procedures often do more harm than good.
  4. Unsocial tendencies: The irregularities in the production of the female hormones have an impact on your emotional and social behavior. You may want to spend more and more time by yourself instead of socializing with friends and relatives. These are not symptoms of depression or any other psychological condition. It is simply an emotional transference period.
  5. Drowsiness: While insomnia is one of the most symptoms of menopause, the situation somewhat reverses after some time. Menopause causes changes in the body weight, hormone cycles and metabolism. All of these, in turn, affect your energy levels. You feel extremely sleepy during the day, especially in the afternoon. However, sleeping during the day can cause sleeping problems at night. So, do not take a nap for more than half an hour during the day.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a specilized gynaecologist and ask a free question.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I have thin hair and become very oily after 1 day of wash even if I don't apply any oil. My scalp has dandruff also and I washed my hair every second day to get rid of oil and dirt without apply oil for almost 6 months but after that I suffered from a tragic hair fall which is continued till now. Please tell me the causes and treatment of hair fall. Can my hair regrow again nf yes then how much time will they take. I am very worried about it. I have also started apply topisal lotion. Will it be effective or not?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Amritsar
Topisal is an effective Lotion both for dandruff as well as hair fall. You can continue with medicated anti dandruff shampoo along with it but use it only twice weekly. On other days, you can use a good anti hair fall shampoo. Avoid taking any kind of stress. It may increase your hair loss.
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I am 18 years old and I experience hair fall at an alarming rate. Whenever I comb too many hair strands comes out. Suggest some effective remedies.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Hii. I am 28 years old female I have a pbrlm of hair fall since 6 months. I have used several shampoos and hair oil but no use of it. Pls suggest me regarding this.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Female, 42 yrs. Hair fall problem. My hair density has become half. Some hormone therapy last yr. Taking wellwoman hairfollic tablet for multivitamin and minerals. How can I get hair regrowth?

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Been on anti epileptic drugs for 35 years. Lost hair due to side effects. Taking no medicines now. Been using "Hair for You 5%" and minoxidil for the last 2 years with follihair capsules. No regrowth. Kindly tell if no scope of spending money.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
No. Specific medicine required. You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy
Hello everyone, I am Dr Archana Prabhu. I am an Obstetrician and gynaecologist, practicing in MUmbai. Today I will like to discuss about Thyroid Problems.

What is Thyroid?

Thyroid is a small endrocrine gland situated in front of the sound box, in the middle of the neck.

Why is it so important?

The importance of thyroid gland is that it controls our metabolism. It controls the heart rate, skin thickness, texture. It controls our brain, mood, nervous systems, hair and so many other things are controlled by Thyroid. Any thing goes wrong with thyroid. If secretion becomes more, we call it as hyperthyroidism or if secretion become less, we call it as hypothyroidism. THere are problems, out of these problems, 75% of the problems are Hypothyroidism. THat means the secretion through thyroid glands are sub normal. So, I would like to discuss Hypothyroidism.

What happens in Hypothyroidism and how do we come to know that we are suffering from this problem?

Usual problems are;

Excessive weight gain
Sudden weight gain
Swelling in the feet or legs
Depression
Irritation
Lethargic
Constipation
Dry skin problem
Hair loss
Difficulty in conceoption
Menstrual issues
What happens when patient's thyroid levels are not under control or they are Hypothyroid during pregnancy?

In this case, th baby at its very early stage are exposed to the level of hypothyroidism. There are chances of abortion. In case the pregnancy continues, the baby may develop many complications like, at birth, this baby might be having growth issues i.e, growth retardation.

This baby may have jaundice.
This baby may develop short stretcher
Poor growth
Cardiac issues
The very important part here is that mental development of the baby gets affacted by thyroid level. It has been seen when the baby is exposed to low secretion thyroid level in the early months, they develop mental retardation or low IQ.

I dont think that any of the mother would liek to have this kind of baby, that too because of the small thing which she could have checked and be treated and could easily escape from such a complications. Now, they are certain problems which can go really wrong with the mother also if she has hypothyroidism and the levels are not under control. LIke the blood pressure, she may get into preeclampsia. The mother who is suffering from Hypothyroidism are at risk of developing some kind of cardiac problems.

So, friends the important point here is to check thyroid level in your early month of pregnancy. There are levels which are T3, T4 and TSH. Check thema nd if they are shwoing any kind of abnormality, the tablet is started immediately. It is a very small tablet can be taken anytime empty stomach. Throughout the pregnnacy, every 4-6 weeks we have to keep checking thyroid levels and according to pregnancy month, the levels of thyroid are different for the three trimesters.

We have to keep the levels in that particular level. So the dose adjustment and regular checkup are really important. THis can control teh complications and can save the baby and the mother.

If you need any other information, you can contact me through Lybrate.

Thank you.

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Female Pattern Hair Loss
Causes and treatment for Hair Loss

Hello friends. My name is Dr. Rohit Batra, and I am from Derma World Skin and Hair Clinics in Rajouri Garden and New Rajendra Nagar. Today we are going to talk about female pattern hair loss.

Many females of any age suffer from female pattern hair loss or alopecia. Now they are very worried that they are going to lose their hair and they lose hundreds of hair every day. But there is no need to worry, we have the answer. Females never go bald, so if you are suffering from any sort of hair fall, and you re a female, no need to worry, we can help you. There are various sorts of hair fall causes that affects the female. If you are having some hormonal problem, the menses are not normal, if you are dieting, if you are suffering from any sort of disease, say jaundice, typhoid, or dengue or chikungunya, or if you are having thyroid imbalance, you can suffer from hair fall.

Hair fall in females re of various kinds. Sometimes it is linked to your hormone imbalance, sometimes it is linked to your nutritional status. We need to examine what is the real cause and most of the time we are able to get an history and that only depicts what you are suffering from, whether it is normal female pattern hair loss, whether it is telogen effluvium, whether it is anagen effluvium, and once we get few tests done, you can get an answer to your problem. Female pattern hair loss can be treated effectively. We have many sort of medicines that are oral, that are used topically, and to the myths that are involves that hormones are given, steroids are given, none of them are required in most f the cases, and steroid is never ever used for female pattern hair loss.

So if you are suffering from any sort of hair fall problem and you are a female, don t feel shy, just visit us at Derma World Skin and Hair Clinics, and we can give you an answer to your problems. There are many sort of topical things like topical minoxidil, we have peptides, we have treatments like platelet rich plasma, we have hair extensions, we can help you getting mesotherapy, we can help you get in a UV light that will control your hair fall. And in approximately 100 days or 3 and a half months, you can get back your lost confidence.

The hair fall decreases, new strands start erupting, and you can get back your voluminous hair, if you are suffering from any sort of hair problem. So, visit us either at our Lybrate profile at Derma World Skin and Hair Clinics, or you can call us by getting in touch at Rajendra Nagar, or Rajouri Garden branch. Thank you.
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