Menopause Hair Loss Prevention & Treatment
Menopause is a natural biological process that is inevitably experienced by all women. As female hormones decline during this time, the body goes through numerous physical changes. But while unpleasant menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia will eventually subside – menopause hair loss can last a lifetime.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to prevent or minimize hair loss during menopause – as well several revolutionary new treatments that can actually restore hair growth during and after menopause.
Austin, TX menopause expert and hormone specialist Dr. Ruthie Harper offers the most advanced and effective treatments for menopausal women’s hair loss.
What Menopause Hair Loss Looks Like
Women’s hair loss due to the hormonal changes of menopause tend to be subtler and more gradual than the type of hair loss men experience. Most menopausal women experience overall hair thinning rather than distinct visible “bald spots”. Menopausal hair thinning can occur on the front, sides, or top of the women’s head. Women may also notice that hair falls out in “clumps” when brushing or washing their hair during menopause.
What Cause Menopausal Hair Loss
Clinical research has revealed that hair loss during menopause is usually the result of a hormonal imbalance. The female hormones estrogen and progesterone help hair both grow faster and stay on the head longer. But when the levels of estrogen and progesterone decline during menopause, hair grows more slowly, falls out sooner, and becomes much thinner.
Additionally, the hormonal decrease of menopause also triggers an increase in the production of male hormones called “androgens”. And unfortunately, androgens deliver the double blow of shrink hair follicles on the head and causing more hair to grow on the face.
While the cause of menopausal hair loss is almost always related to hormonal changes, there are also many other factors that can contribute to thinning hair during menopause. High levels of stress, illness, some medications, and nutritional deficiencies can all also contribute to women’s hair loss.
Treating Women’s Menopausal Hair Loss
Seeing a doctor who specializes in menopause and hormone deficiencies, like Dr. Ruthie Harper in Austin, is essential to obtaining an accurate diagnosis and identifying the best hair loss treatment for you. Dr. Ruthie Harper will order diagnostic blood tests – including thyroid tests, and complete blood panels – to identify the specific causes of your hair loss.
Once hair loss expert Dr. Ruthie Harper diagnoses the underlying cause of your hair loss, a customized hair restoration program will be put in place at our Austin, TX office. Dr. Harper offers a wide variety of the safest and most effective hair loss treatments that can help stop menopausal hair loss, as well as regrow full, healthy hair in women.
Low Level Laser (LLL) Menopausal Hair Loss Treatments
State-of-the-art Low Level Laser (LLL) hair loss treatments are available at our Austin, TX office. This device emits low-energy laser light that has been proven in clinical studies to stop hair loss.
FDA approved LLL hair loss treatment works by emitting red light in a specific spectrum that stimulates the body’s natural production of “ATP” (Adenosine Triphosphate). ATP is a molecule that activates the “anagen” or growth phase of the hair follicle.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Menopause Hair Loss Treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a 100% natural cellular regeneration technology that is now available at Ruthie Harper, MD in Austin, TX to regrow hair.
During PRP hair loss treatment, after a routine blood draw, plasma containing high concentrations of natural growth and healing factors is separated from the patient’s own blood. This “Platelet Rich Plasma” is then injected into the scalp where it regenerates the hair follicles on a cellular level.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause Hair Loss
Modern advancements in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can restore hormonal balance to women suffering from the hormone decline of menopause. HRT can be very effective in offering long-lasting relief from many of the uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms of menopause, including hair loss.
After identifying a woman’s unique hormone deficiencies, Dr. Harper can prescribe custom formulated, natural, biodentical hormone replacement. If a woman’s levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are restored, it can help hair grow faster and thicker and stay on the head longer.
Other Treatments for Women’s Hair Loss
Finasteride (Propecia or Proscar) is a topical medication that blocks DHT – the hormone that causes hair follicles to produce thinner, weaker hair. At our Austin, TX office, Dr. Harper offers a specially compounded formula of Finasteride called FinPlus that contains added ingredients to boost hair growth, including: biotin, saw palmetto, horsetail, nettle astragalus, poria cocos, and rehmannia.
Depending upon the underlying cause of a menopausal women’s hair thinning, certain dietary supplements may also help stop hair loss, as well as support hair regrowth. Since supplements are very specific to certain types of dietary deficiencies, Dr. Harper will use the patient’s bloodwork to identify any deficiencies before prescribing a custom supplement regimen.
Menopausal Women’s Hair Loss Treatment – Austin, TX
Ruthie Harper MD has been helping menopausal women in the Austin, TX area reverse hair loss and regrow healthy hair since 2000. She takes a thorough diagnostic approach to finding the cause of a woman’s hair loss, so she can prescribe the most effective treatment(s) to restore a healthy, beautiful head of hair.
At Ruthie Harper MD in Austin, TX we offer the latest treatments and technologies to create a customized hair loss and regrowth program specifically for you, that will stop your hair loss and restore thick, full, healthy hair.