According to a recent online report for W Magazine, half of all women 50 or older suffer from thinning hair. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Beverly Hills comments on the latest options for treating this often embarrassing condition.
Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/28/2014 -- As reported on March 6, 2014 on W Magazine’s website in an article titled “Through Thick and Thin,” a 2012 Gallup poll indicated that 50 percent of women aged 50 years and older suffer from hair loss. Though aging and female-pattern baldness are the main causes of this type of hair loss, an increasing number of younger women have been complaining about hair loss these days. It’s thought that this could be a result of extremely elevated levels of stress and the side effect of drugs prescribed to deal with the stress. Both have the potential to trigger fluctuations of the hormones that could cause follicles to go into hibernation or cause irritation. (see: goo.gl/Kw681r)
“It really is a hidden issue, and understandably so,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “Most women are embarrassed by their hair loss; too embarrassed even to speak to me about their concerns. But I’m glad to see this is now less often the case, as there are medical options I can offer to treat female hair loss.”
Until recently, most of the treatments aimed at hair loss were entirely cosmetic, aimed at creating the appearance of volume with the use of tonics to coat hair and rough up the hair shaft. The next shampooing would erase any benefit that was achieved. Although excessive shedding is caused by follicles that function poorly just below its surface, the scalp was mostly ignored.
A number of the latest treatments concentrate on enhancing micro-circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to under-performing and shrunken follicles. This results is an increased number of follicles in the growth phase, with each generating thicker strands for longer periods of time. Minoxidil is the active ingredient in a number of hair loss treatment products and it provides a pharmaceutical boost that helps blood flow and increases follicle size.
Another promising treatment option still in its test phase involves a specific growth factor secreted by the immune cells. Research at the University of Pennsylvania published in June 2013 indicated that this growth factor has the capacity to turn hairless skin cells into ones that can generate follicles, at least in mice. Even though the results were positive, they were not quite conclusive when tested on humans and it could be years before a marketable product is developed by researchers.
“I’m excited to see the results of the research cited in the article,” says Dr. Ourian. “I hope in the near future there will be an effective and reliable hair loss treatment for everyone.”
About Epione Beverly Hills
Epione Beverly Hills has been a leader in minimally-invasive aesthetic medicine and laser technology. Products offered include Botox, Radiesse, Sculptra, Restylane, and Juvéderm. Procedures are available to treat or reverse conditions such as wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, skin discoloration, acne, and acne associated scars. More information about treating hair loss can be found on Epione’s website.