Managing Hair Loss in Midlife Women

    February 2013 in “ Maturitas
    Paradi Mirmirani
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    TLDR The conclusion is that proper evaluation and treatment of hair loss in midlife women is important, considering the emotional impact and potential for various treatments.
    The document from 2012 reviews the management of hair loss in midlife women, focusing on female pattern hair loss (FPHL), hair shaft damage from hair care practices, and telogen effluvium. It emphasizes the emotional distress caused by hair loss and the importance of proper evaluation, treatment, and counseling. The review discusses the hormonal changes during menopause, such as decreased estrogen production, and their effects on hair growth, including decreased hair density, diameter, and changes in the hair cycle. It suggests that FPHL may be related to hormonal changes and genetic predisposition, and outlines treatment options like topical minoxidil, hair transplantation, and cosmetic approaches. Hair shaft damage is linked to hair care practices that weaken hair, and telogen effluvium is described as a temporary condition with potential for full regrowth. The document calls for further research into the molecular signals affecting hair changes in midlife women to develop new treatment strategies.
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