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Female pattern baldness

What is Female Pattern Baldness?

Female pattern hair loss or baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in females. Almost every woman suffers from any degree of female pattern baldness, which can occur anytime with the advent of puberty. But, women manage to notice it around menopause, when the hair loss typically increases.

In Female pattern baldness, women experience thinning hair primarily on the scalp’s top and crown and widen through the center hair part. However, apart from the normal recession, the frontal hairline remains unchanged, which happens to everyone over time. If not treated at the right time, hair thinning spread 2 in the temples and above the ears. The hair loss rarely grows to incomplete or total baldness in women. This situation is also termed Androgenetic Alopecia.

The female pattern hair loss is different from the male pattern hair loss. This has only three stages. The first stage involves thinning of hair, which is slightly unnoticeable. During the second stage, approximately 50-70% of your hair would have experienced thinning, and the scalp is easily visible. The hair loss is critical, and the baldness is more prominent in the third stage.

Causes of Female Pattern baldness

The female pattern of baldness or hair loss is related to genetic, age, and hormonal level.

Genetic

A history of your family’s hair condition represents an essential role in pattern hair loss. If anyone on each side of your family suffers from female pattern hair loss, your risk of providing this pattern hair loss increases.

Age

With aging, the hair growth rate decreases. This occurs because the hair follicles do not support the normal functioning of the hair cycle.

Hormone Level

The hair follicles are more receptive to the variation of male hormones. That means an improvement in male hormones or a reduction in female hormones causes hair loss. For instance, if testosterone develops in the body, it connects with 5-alpha reductase. It produces dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is known for causing hair loss in both women and men. Likewise, in menopause, a woman’s estrogen and progesterone level decreases, which affects the normal hair growth cycle. Similarly, during pregnancy, women experience excessive hair loss   (increment in estrogen level), which raises the shedding and resting stage of the hair follicles.

Treatment for Female Pattern Baldness

Apart from running on your hormonal r, here are some of the successful treatments for female pattern hair loss:

Medication

 Minoxidil is the only FDA-approved topical hair fall medicine to handle this pattern of hair loss. It may help women to reduce or stop hair loss by working on the production of DHT.

Hair Transplant

In this procedure, the hair is extracted from the areas where the hair is still increasing and placed in the balding areas (areas with thinning hair). This process acts as an effective way to cure female pattern baldness. We, at AWISH CLINIC, prefer the FUE hair transplant procedure since it provides effective results with minor downtime and side effect.

Artificial Hair Fiber

In this method, synthetic hair fibers (matching color, length & appearance) are injected into the scalp to achieve the desired hair density.

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