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Hair Loss for Women in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics, specialize in hair loss for women residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.

While many people associate hair loss with men, women are also affected by progressive, hereditary hair loss. Up to 40% of women are affected by female pattern hair loss over their lifetime. Unlike the pattern of hair loss seen in men, female pattern hair loss tends to be more diffuse with gradual thinning of the hair at the front and the top of the scalp. Typically women tend to preserve the frontal hairline.

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Diffuse central hair loss is noted. The markings show the anterior hairline and the lateral borders.

Mechanism of androgenetic hair loss in women

The mechanism for androgenetic hair loss in women is far more complex than in men. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) remains to be the main cause for miniaturization (thinning) and subsequent loss of hair in women. However, unlike in men where testosterone converted to DHT by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, women have another enzyme called aromatase which converts testosterone to estradiol products. Essentially aromatase is competing and taking away testoterone from become DHT which explains why female pattern hair loss seldom involve the frontal hairline where more aromatase is present. The fact that women have less 5-alpha reductase to synthesize DHT and have aromatase to shunt testosterone to estradiol are also the reasons why female pattern hair loss tends to be more diffuse.

Other causes of hair loss: Systemic medical conditions

Because there are medical conditions which can cause diffuse pattern of hair loss similar to hereditary female pattern hair loss, your surgeon will carefully review your medical history. Examples of systemic medical conditions that may cause hair loss in women include anemia, gynecological conditions or mentrual changes, psychological stress, autoimmune disorders (such as lupus), thyroid conditions, or malnutrition. If systemic medical condition is the cause for hair loss, often times the hair loss will reverse when the medical condition is corrected.

Other causes of hair loss: Medications

There are medications that have been known to cause hair loss. Some of these medications include blood thinners, seizure medications, beta blockers, prednisone, cholesterol medications, thyroid medication, and anti-depressants. Typically patients will describe shedding of their hair over the several months. If medication is the cause for hair loss, when the medication is stopped, patients will experience reversal of the hair loss.

Lastly, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are known to cause diffuse hair loss. Once the therapy is finished, patients will typically experience returning of the hair although it may not be to the baseline level prior to the therapy.

Treatment options

Numerous medications and supplements promise to help grow and prevent further loss of hair. Currently, minoxidil topical agent (Rogaine®) is the only FDA-approved medical treatment for women affected by androgenetic alopecia in the United States.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.


Plastic Surgeon in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY


Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I was working in Central New York and had an upcoming event and needed to get 2 areas of Dystport done. They were able to accommodate my schedule( as it was short notice) Dr. Kim’s entire staff was so friendly and welcoming!! During the procedure , even Nurse Dan held my hand and kept me smiling the whole time!! I was incredibly impressed with Dr Kim as he made sure he took the time to explain the process as well as not “ being rushed” something I have experienced with previous Doctors. I live in Florida but will be seeing Dr Kim from now on, and will be recommending their office to my fellow New Yorkers! It’s been almost 2 weeks since my appointment and the results are amazing!!! So happy! Thank you so much Dr Kim, Mary and the rest of the staff !

- michele goodwin

Dr. Kim is a world-class facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been to the top surgeons in the country from Beverly Hills to Miami and I found Dr. Kim to be superior. His face and neck lift were flawless and so natural that no one could tell I had anything done, but everyone said I looked ten years younger. As Syracuse is a discreet location, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a top notch face and neck lift to fly in. His bedside manner is as fantastic as his work. I can’t recommend Dr. Kim enough. I think he is the best Facial plastic surgeon in the country.

- Shelly Cohen

I am very happy with Dr. Kim and all of his staff. Not only did I have a surgical procedure done but I also go there every week for allergy shots and they couldn't be nicer. And Dr. Kim is awesome - - great bedside manner! I highly recommend them!!!

- Sheila Guenette

57 years old and wanted to start my new path in life retired...not looking tired! I did extensive research and sought out 5 surgeon recommendations. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Sang Kim for several reasons: 1 - He specialized in and only performs /neck surgeries, 2 - Dr. Kim is younger and probably more newly established, but there was no doubt that he is a perfectionist and a professional in his field, 3 - He is patient and really listens. I felt confident and trusted that he was giving me his best recommendation for my concerns, 4 - He didn't try to push unnecessary or extra procedures, 5 - I was impressed by how obvious it was that Dr. Kim's administrative and medical staff liked him and respected his work. But most of all, I am extremely satisfied with the results of my face lift!

- Shannon F

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim. He is the most patient, professional, and personable physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Instead of being rushed through the practice, every member of his staff made me feel welcome and important from the moment I walked through the door. He wouldn't perform a single procedure on me until he fully answered every minute question I had (all of which he eloquently and candidly answered); you can tell that his formal training was exceptional. His bedside manner and skilled technique easily make him one of the best kept secrets in Syracuse. I have referred numerous friends to him who have also, in turn, referred their friends. Make the consult and see for yourself... you won't be disappointed!

- Deanna Hillman

Dr. Kim and his staff were incredible. I had a face lift done this past summer and I was treated with dignity and respect by everyone. Dr. Kim is an exceptional surgeon and one of the nicest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his entire staff. I recently went back to Dr. Kim for injections. Again my experience was wonderful. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect. I didn't bruise and I love the fact that he doesn't overdo. He and his staff are just incredible. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

- Debbie Ely

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