Dr. Gregory S. Keller is a board-certified plastic surgeon specialized in facial surgery and hair loss with over 25 years of experience treating male and female pattern baldness at Keller Plastic Surgery, serving residents of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and nearby communities in Southern California.

What are the causes of Female Hair Loss?

Hair loss in women may be caused by a variety of causes, including androgenic alopecia, or female pattern baldness; non-androgenic causes such as hair plucking or scarring on the scalp; and temporary hair loss caused by emotional triggers, medical conditions, or medications.

Androgenic Alopecia

Androgenic alopecia in women is medically referred to as female pattern hair loss. While male pattern baldness generally begins with men losing hair along the front of the hairline or in a single patch on the top of the head, female pattern hair loss may occur uniformly across their scalp. Genetics play a large role in androgenic alopecia, and this condition may affect women beginning as early as the teen years, or it may appear suddenly in later years.

Non-Androgenic Alopecia

Other factors may also contribute to hair loss in women, such as damage from scalp infections, bacteria, viruses, or fungi.  The following conditions may also be identified as causes for hair loss in women:

  • Alopecia areata – An autoimmune disorder that can escalate into widespread balding.
  • Loose-anagen syndrome – A condition typically affecting fair-haired women causing the hair to shed during brushing.
  • Scarring alopecia – Hair loss due to excessive scarring on the scalp from injuries or surgeries.
  • Trichotillomania – Idle or compulsive hair plucking that may eventually cause permanent hair loss.

What causes temporary hair loss in women?

Women may suffer temporary hair loss for a number of reasons, including emotional stress; hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, or menopause; autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, ovarian tumors, anemia, thyroid conditions; and/or nutritional deficiencies caused by bulimia or other eating disorders.  Certain medications may also cause temporary hair loss, including oral contraceptives containing high doses of progestin, chemotherapy, and thyroid medications, as well as many other types of drugs. If you are concerned about temporary hair loss, contact Keller Plastic Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Keller today.

How do you treat Hair Loss in Women?

At Keller Plastic Surgery, we proudly provide ACell + PRP treatments, a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection treatment that has been proven effective in treating female hair loss and approved for this use by the FDA.  Hair transplant surgery is also available for patients who are suitable candidates for the procedure.

What results can I expect from ACell + PRP Treatments for Hair Loss?

Typically, patients see remarkable improvement in the quality of hair growth in about six months, with renewed coverage in areas where hair was previously sparse.  Hair growth results after an ACell + PRP injection are expected to last for three to five years, and periodic booster injections may be required as part of a maintenance and prevention routine.

Women who reside in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and the surrounding areas in California who want to restore thick and healthy hair growth should contact Keller Plastic Surgery, where advanced treatments for hair loss and other cosmetic procedures are performed with excellence.