female alopecia

Written by: Dr. Javier Bassas Bresca
Edited by: Top Doctors®

What are the characteristics of female alopecia and what are its main types?

There are many types of alopecia. They can be due to lack of iron, anemia, surgery, postpartum alopecia, thyroid disorders, metabolic and nutritional disorders and, the most frequent is androgenetic alopecia, which is increasingly seen. It is of tremendous severity because it can evolve to baldness.

What are the main causes?

Before we mentioned all types of alopecia. Each had its cause, and in the case of androgenetic alopecia there is a hormonal factor and a genetic factor that, the two combined, produce alopecia. In the hair we have receptors in which a substance is fixed that atrophies and weakens them. In people who have a genetic predisposition, this substance binds to receptors and causes hair loss. When there is no genetic predisposition, these hairs do not have receptors and this substance does not harm them.

Which treatment is most effective for each type of alopecia?

In principle in each alopecia the main thing is to treat the cause. That is, in those that are anemia to solve anemia, if there is a thyroid disorder, the same, etc ... In the case of androgenetic alopecia we have mechanisms to block it. Currently we have substances such as Finasteride, topical Minoxidil and other vitamins and amino acids and even sometimes making infiltrations of vitamins that can strengthen hair follicle. Finally, and when there is no solution and hair has been lost, we always have the implant solution.

Can alopecia definitely be cured or is it only delayed?

Delay it we will always be able to. By doing treatment we will always lengthen the life of the hair, it may be that we lengthen it more or less according to the circumstances, and many other times it can be cured. When we obtain the correct diagnosis of the cause, solving the cause can solve the alopecia. In the most conflictive case that is androgenetic alopecia, it is not always possible to solve it definitively and you have to maintain the treatment for life, but you can get, sometimes, even repopulation of hair that was lost. This can never be guaranteed because it depends on the cases but, at least, we can always extend the process for many years and, in most of them, establish an acceptable psychological and cosmetic situation for the person.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Javier Bassas Bresca

Dr. Javier Bassas Bresca is a leading dermatologist with 35 years of professional experience. He is an expert in alopecia, skin cancer and stains and pigmented lesions laser. Author of numerous publications, is regular at conferences and meetings on the field, both nationally and internationally.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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