Hair Loss: An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure
When 34-year-old Cindy A. noticed her hair loss, she didn't get that worried, at first. Cindy was on maternity leave from her busy Los Angeles-based advertising job and knew it would be at least six months before she needed to see clients again. She assumed her hair woes were due to recently giving birth to a baby boy; she heard that hair loss in women was common after pregnancy. But as time went on, Cindy became more embarrassed by her hair loss and stayed at home more often.
However, months later, when she was still experiencing thinning hair, she began to wonder if the condition was even related to the pregnancy at all. So she started researching female hair loss. As time went on and things got worse, she turned to Antonio Armani, M.D., a renowned doctor in the industry for hair transplants and hair loss treatment.
Cindy learned that, when it comes to causes of hair loss, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Her mistake was having taken no steps to maintain her hair follicles, thus forgetting the most important part of defeating women's hair loss.
Hair Loss Prevention
Maintaining healthy follicles is important, especially if you have a genetic predisposition for hair loss through thinning or balding. So just what does hair loss prevention require? How do you maintain those hair follicles?
Living a healthy lifestyle, according to Dr. Armani.
"Many things go into maintaining healthy hair," says Dr. Armani, owner of the AlviArmani Center in Beverly Hills. "Everything from what we eat to adequate exercise all plays an important role in the overall scheme of things."
Dr. Armani is also author of the book How to Beat Hair Loss: The Complete Guide to Surgical, Medical, and Alternative Treatments for Hair Loss, (Redom Books Inc., 2003) and owner of a worldwide chain of hair clinics.
"If you have a healthy body then you usually have healthy hair as well," he says. "Many times, people concentrate on one without seeing the connection between the two."
Hair Loss Treatments
Cindy underwent the FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure, a process in which hair follicles are transplanted from a more hirsute part of the head to a balding area. The FUE ultimately restored her confidence and helped get her out and about once more. Unlike other hair transplant procedures, FUE leaves no scars, involves no bleeding, and allows for a more natural look.
How it works is simple: Dr. Armani takes hair follicle units from a more hairy area, generally the back of the head, and transplants them to the balding area. Generally, between 80 and 120 grafts, each consisting of one to three hairs, are placed within a centimeter-sized section of the scalp, which in turn creates genuine hair density, making the hair look natural.
"Having the FUE procedure means that an important step was missed before hair loss," explains Dr. Armani. "The first thing to do to prevent hair loss: eat nutritious foods, get enough protein, and avoid harsh and dangerous chemicals on their hair."
Despite the best efforts to prevent thinning or balding, some may still experience hair loss due to genetics or other causes. Ultimately, FUE can provide dramatic results for those with pattern baldness, transforming patients' appearances, restoring their confidence, and drastically changing their lives.
"FUE allows patients to regain the full head of hair they had in youth and restores their confidence once more," Dr. Armani adds.
Female Hair Loss
Many find it hard to believe that women can also have balding or thinning hair. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), female pattern baldness commonly occurs. Hair loss in women is often caused by hormones, aging, and genetics, according to the NIH. And, in a world that tends to judge women harshly on appearance, baldness could be something that affects every aspect of their lives.
Being a female hair loss expert, Dr. Armani can prescribe medications that may slow or reverse some shedding, working as a hair loss remedy. For those who have not yet experienced any hair thinning, there is no time like the present to take preventative measures. While a variety of solutions exist for hair loss prevention, the first is choosing a doctor with experience and success.
"I never thought I would need to see a hair loss expert," explains Cindy. "But I'm proof positive that hair loss can happen to women. The good news is the condition need not be permanent. The FUE procedure worked great for me and I''m feeling better than ever."