Here's What You Need to Know About Treating Female Hair Loss
Medi Tresse shares the secret to maintaining beautiful locks during National Hair Loss Awareness Month.
Mark DiStefano, MD; Antonella Montiverdi; Mary Wendel, MD; Kimberly Pryslak, NP
By traditional beauty standards, thick and healthy hair is the ultimate goal. Thinning hair is common for men, and while it can be upsetting, it is often expected, with some men even embracing their baldness.
Balding is much more taboo for women, who often can find confidence through their hair. When faced with the possibility of hair loss, women can be lost and devastated. However, hair loss affects up to 50% of women at some point in their lifetime, and women account for 40% of hair loss sufferers in the U.S. These are shocking statistics many of us may not focus on, until the condition impacts us directly.
With August being National Hair Loss Awareness month, we asked the doctors at Medi Tresse, a hair rejuvenation facility in Scarsdale, about their services to help local women grow back and maintain their luscious locks, while educating them about hair loss. (Are you just shedding hair in the shower, or are you experiencing hair loss that needs to be treated?)
Mark DiStefano, MD, of Medi Tresse says, “Common signs of Female Pattern Hair Loss are a widening part, a thinning ponytail, or thinning in the front of the scalp.” His easy go-to test to gauge hair loss is to wrap your hand around a small section of your hair [between your thumb and index fingers] and slowly drag your fingers through the hair. A small number of single hair strands should end up in your hands, but if there’s an excessive amount [10+ strands], it may be that you are experiencing hair loss and should seek help, as DiStefano explains, “Female Pattern Hair Loss is progressive, meaning that once you see signs of it, it will continue to get worse if not treated.”
As there are different types of hair loss: alopecia areata, androgenic alopecia, scarring alopecia, telogen effluvium, and traction alopecia, there are symptoms and causes for each. There are many hair loss solutions on the scene, including supplements and treatments, Medi Tresse focuses on finding the underlying causes of each woman’s hair loss to help determine the most appropriate treatment, within a compassionate setting.
“Women come to Medi Tresse because they are looking for a medical practice that not only specializes in female hair loss, but also understands how difficult hair loss is for women and truly empathizes with them while they are dealing with this emotional experience,” says DiStefano.
An elite niche medical center, Medi Tresse is dedicated to providing women with the most innovative medical treatments available for female hair loss. Some treatments the facility offers include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), and topical treatments and supplements. DiStefano explains Medi Tresse’s newest treatment, Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy (most effective for the treatment of androgenic alopecia [female pattern hair loss] and traction alopecia) is said to help stop hair loss and thicken existing hairs, while reactivating dormant follicles to regrow hair. Platelets are activated to stimulate factors that drive hair growth once injected into the scalp where hair is thinning.
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With the popularity of some treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, the hair loss industry has seen some significant changes in the last few years. So how does Medi Tresse stay contemporary in a niche industry? DiStefano says, “The biggest challenges have been due to an increase in competition. It takes a lot of time to educate people about your services, especially ours, which can be emotionally difficult for prospective patients to talk about. Overall, we have been received very well by not only patients, but also, other physicians looking for somewhere to refer their female patients experiencing hair loss.”
“Our mission at Medi Tresse is to help women of all ages who are experiencing hair loss of any kind to restore the appearance of their hair so that they can feel a renewed confidence in all aspects of their lives,” explains DiStefano. “We understand how emotionally devastating hair loss can be for women, and we can help.”