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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is it normal for women to lose hair?

    I thought only men lose their hair… but I am shedding hair everyday! I have even noticed a few patches where hair is missing. Is this normal?
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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Rodney Sinclair is Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Epworth Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    While it is normal to shed 10-20 hairs per day, there are many different causes of hair loss.  Bald patches may occur as  aresult of an aouto-immune condition called alopecia areata.  Generalized hair loss may be due to female pattern hair loss. 

    If you are concerned that your hair loss is more than normal see your doctor for advice.

    Professor Rod SInclair
    Epworth Dermatology

  • Dr Andrew Kim

    Cosmetic Physician

    Dr. Ahnsup Kim of Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery practice asian cosmetic surgery procedures including rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and hair transplant in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney … View Profile

    Losing hair is a natural process. In fact we lose hair everyday because each strand is at a different phase of hair growth. About 90% of hair is growing, while 10% of it is resting, and this is a point in time in a hair’s life cycle where it falls off. But there comes a time where hair loss exceeds the number of hairs that are growing, leaving a person with bald patches or even a full blown hair loss.

    Female hair loss or more aptly known as female pattern baldness, is a genetic condition that can be inherited from both sides of the family. It is a condition that can either be temporary or chronic depending on the variety of factors that causes it. 

    The common reasons for hair loss in women include pregnancy, menopause, diseases, medications, treatments, stress, hair care products or and certain hair styles.

    Dr Ahnsup Kim
    Australian Institute of Hair Restoration

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