Hair Loss Treatments in Austin Texas


Long, short, bouncy, shiny – hair is an expression of style and personality for women. Your hair and self-image are closely related. While an occasional “bad hair day” can make you feel bad, hair loss is a distressing sign that can turn a bad hair day into a crisis.

At Ruthie Harper, MD, we are experienced in addressing the many causes of hair loss in women and are committed to creating a program that will restore your healthy, beautiful head of hair.

Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss in men is a common problem, affecting a large percentage of males throughout the world. However, research now shows that women are more likely than men to have significant hair loss at some point of their life. Female hair loss ultimately affects both their self-image and emotional well being.

Men often take aggressive approach to solving hair loss problems, however, women are often reluctant to do the same until it’s too late. Hair loss in men is usually hormonally mediated, but hair loss in women can occur for a multitude of reasons, making its solution sometimes hard to find. For this reason, a comprehensive approach to hair loss becomes essential to stopping healthy hair from being lost as well as helping women regain the full healthy head of hair they once had.

Ruthie Harper, MD has been helping women resolve their hair loss problems since 2000. She takes a thorough approach to finding and resolving the underlying causes of hair loss.

Our hair loss lab testing

In order to ensure that we correctly determine the best steps to take for your hair loss treatment, we run extensive lab testing to determine your underlying causes for hair loss.

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How Hair Grows

The average scalp has 100,000 hairs. Each follicle produces a single hair that grows at a rate of half an inch per month during the normal hair growth cycle. The hair growth cycle has three different phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. At any one time 90% of your hair will be in the anagen, or growth phase, which lasts anywhere from two to eight years. The catagen, or transition phase, typically lasts 2-3 weeks, at which time the hair follicle shrinks.

During the telogen phase of the cycle, which lasts around two to four months, the hair rests and then is lost before entering the anagen phase where once again a new hair is formed. Overwhelmingly, the majority of the time the hair on the scalp is in its growing phase- giving you a full healthy head of hair.

What causes hair loss in women?

There are a variety of reasons why hair loss can occur in women, including:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Autoimmune hair loss
  • Female pattern hair loss (Androgenetic alopecia)
  • Fungal infections (Ringworm)
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Pregnancy
  • Anemia
  • Medication, such as birth control pills
  • Dieting
  • Hair styling
  • Trichotillomania
  • Cancer treatment
  • Stress

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Treatments for hair loss

  • Topical Treatments such as Minoxidil
  • Low level light and laser therapy
  • Hair transplantation
  • Finasteride (Propecia or Proscar)
  • Spironolactone or Aldactone
  • Progesterone
  • Low Level Light/Laser Therapy (LLL)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Microneedling
  • A-Cell
  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Vitamin D
  • Glutathione
  • Zinc
  • Biotin

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How Hair is Lost

Because resting hairs are meant to be shed, most people lose about50-100 strands of hair daily. On days when hair is washed, people can lose up to 250 strands. Unfortunately, avoidance of hair washing in an attempt to prevent abnormal hair loss is not a solution. Abnormal hair loss is typically noticed with excessive hair on your clothing or in your brush, or dramatic hair loss with shampooing or styling. Hair programmed for loss will continue until the underlying causes of hair loss are resolved.

Causes for Hair Loss

Hair loss in women can be triggered by more than 50 different medical as well as lifestyle factors. Although sometimes no specific cause for hair loss can be found, a thorough medical evaluation with an expert in hair restoration is critical to success. In most cases, hair will grow back once the causes for hair loss are addressed.

Patterns for Female Hair Loss

The Savin scale is used to document female pattern baldness, which affects about 30 million American women. Women tend to notice thinning on the top third to one half of the scalp with maintenance of the hairline and will see a part that is gradually becoming wider.

Sometimes they will see more of their scalp than normal when their hair is pulled back. Men’s hair will tend to recede from the forehead or the crown of the head over the years.

Stop Losing Hair Today

Call Ruthie Harper, MD today at (512) 343-9355 for your hair loss consultation!

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