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Johns Hopkins Health - Hair Loss

Summer 2009
Issue No. 5

Hair Loss

Date: June 24, 2009

More Than a Man’s Problem

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Most people envision balding older men when it comes to hair loss. But hair loss affects almost as many women as men, says Lisa Ishii, M.D., MHS, a Johns Hopkins facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist.

Unfortunately, many women are too embarrassed to seek treatment—seeing it as a cosmetic rather than a medical issue. But waiting too long might make it too late to reverse.

“For women, this can be traumatic,” Ishii says.

Ishii performs a hair transplant procedure, placing hundreds or even thousands of new follicles throughout the scalp. Results usually occur within about six months, when hair begins reappearing.

“This is a huge issue,” Ishii says. “Our hair is a big part of how we present ourselves to the world.”

Learn more about hair loss in women at or call 877-546-1872.

Also, watch an online seminar about hair loss at

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