female hair loss

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Hair loss treatments for women

Androgenetic Alopecia, commonly known as female pattern hair loss, follows a very different path than for men but is no less common, by the age of 40 up to 50% of women can expect to experience some hair loss.

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What Causes Female Pattern Hair Loss?

13% of women present with the condition prior to menopause but the prevalence increases significantly post-menopause.

By the age of 65, according to at least one author, as many as 75% of all women will be affected. Unlike for men, where the condition is almost entirely hereditary, there are a range of other triggers that can precede hair loss.

Iron deficiency, for example, which might be related to diet or pregnancy, is a common precursor. Virilisation, or the appearance of male characteristics associated with high levels of testosterone, is another condition that can be both tested for and treated but which can feature hair loss as symptoms. It is highly recommended that you pay a visit to your Doctor at the first signs of increased shedding – the correct course of treatment can be provided and there is every chance that a full recovery can be made.

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Androgenetic Alopecia and the Ludwig Scale

Where Androgenetic Alopecia is diagnosed the symptoms and prognosis are largely predictable.

Typically, the hairline and temples remain intact and the thinning appears as more diffuse across the crown of the head. Progress can be charted in line with the set of images below, as you can see partings, from a relatively early stage, can accentuate the problem by making the hair loss extremely apparent.

Fortunately, today there are a full range of medications and cosmetic treatments available to women sufferers. Gone are the days when you were restricted to uncomfortable, restrictive wigs. From medicated shampoos and FDA approved medications that can both halt a further deterioration, to cosmetic treatments like Scalp Micropigmentation and state of the art transplants- both of which can provide effective solutions, even for women whose hair loss might be temporary.

Ludwig I-1

Normal hair with no signs of loss

Ludwig I-2 through I-4

The gap in the central part of the hair gets progressively wider, indicating the starting stages of hair loss.

Ludwig II-1 and II-2

The loss associated with Ludwig I-4 expands and becomes more pronounced.

Ludwig III

The loss of hair from the part on the top of the scalp out towards the sides of the head is pronounced and extensive, but some hair does remain.

Ludwig Advanced

This is a rare condition that has the entire crown of the head bare and hair only remaining in a circular pattern around the scalp.

Ludwig Frontal

At the Ludwig Frontal stage, hair is being noticeably lost from the part on the crown and at the front.

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