• Female pattern baldness: What is it

    Female pattern baldness: What is it

    When we think of hair loss and baldness it’s easy to straight away think of men, however, around one third of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. There are different types of hair loss for females, and all can be very distressing. Today, we’re going to discuss female pattern baldness, what it is and if it can be treated.

    What is female pattern baldness?

    Female pattern baldness, also referred to as androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in women, just as it is in men. Androgenetic alopecia causes an inherited sensitivity to the effects of male hormones (androgens) on the scalp and the hair follicles, this causes thinning of the hair in the same way that it does with men. However, women rarely develop a receding hairline and do not develop the same pattern baldness or complete baldness that men do.

    Androgenetic alopecia is most commonly seen in women after the menopause but it can in some cases occur in younger women and can even begin in puberty. When women lose their hair due to female pattern baldness the hair loss is from the whole scalp and is uniform, the thinning rarely results in female baldness but the hair thinning can become more apparent at the front or the back of the scalp.

    What causes female pattern baldness?

    In most cases, hair loss is in your genetics with many parents passing their hair loss issues down to their children, so if your parents or grandparents suffered with hair loss it is likely that at some stage, you will too.  However, with female pattern baldness, it is likely that it could be a result of a change in your hormones, which is why many women experience hair loss after menopause.

    What does female pattern baldness look like?

    Ludwig Female Scale

    Female pattern baldness can be defined into different stages which form the Ludwig system. The stages are broken down as followed;
    Stage 1: The hair will thin around your natural parting
    Stage 2: The thinning will increase around the parting, resulting in the parting appearing much wider
    Stage 3: The hair will thin throughout the scalp and you may end up with noticeable see-through areas around the crown

    Can female pattern baldness be treated?

    Women may experience noticeable hair loss during a major hormonal change, such as after pregnancy, menopause and even during the discontinuation of birth control pills. In most cases, the hair loss does not become terribly advanced and in most cases, is only temporary. Most women will discover their hair will grow back to normal within a year.

    If however, you have any concerns about your hair loss and would like to speak to one of our specialists, please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.



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