Female Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a form of diffuse hair thinning and hair loss, characterized by the widening of the central region on the scalp. This type of hair loss is known as female pattern baldness. Analogue to male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness typically doesn’t involve pronounced hairline recession or balding in women.

Causes of Female pattern hair loss

FPHL is associated with genetic predisposition and polygenic inheritance. Various causative and precipitating factors contribute to female pattern baldness, such as:
  •  Aging
  •  Family history of male or female pattern baldness
  •  Hormonal imbalances
  •  Dietary deficiency
  •  Micronutrient deficiency
  •  Side effects of medicines
The role of androgens in the pathogenesis of female pattern hair loss is unclear, as many affected patients have normal levels of androgen hormones in their bloodstream.

Symptoms of Female Pattern Hair Loss

Women with FPHL typically notice the following symptoms:

  • Gradual Reduction in Hair Volume: Hair becomes noticeably thinner and less voluminous over time.
  • Hair Density Reduction: There is a decrease in the overall density of hair on the scalp.
  • Widening of the Partition: The central part of the scalp widens, revealing more of the scalp beneath.
  • Effortless Hair Shedding: Hair falls out more easily, and daily hair shedding may increase.

These changes can be emotionally distressing, leading to significant psychological stress and impacting self-esteem, particularly when it occurs in young women.

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The Importance of Consulting a Dermatologist

If you suspect you have FPHL or are experiencing severe hair loss and thinning, seeking consultation with a qualified dermatologist is essential. This is crucial for several reasons:

  • Differential Diagnosis: Other conditions, such as acute and chronic telogen effluvium, can mimic FPHL but require different management approaches. A dermatologist can provide an accurate diagnosis.
  • Hormonal Evaluation: Blood tests can help rule out hormonal imbalances and micronutrient deficiencies, which may contribute to hair loss.
  • Personalized Treatment: Dermatologists can tailor treatment plans to your age, the severity of your condition, and any underlying factors.

Treatment Options for Female Pattern Baldness

At Satya Hair Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for FPHL. These treatments are tailored to individual needs and may include:

  • Medical Treatment: Prescription medications like minoxidil and finasteride may help slow hair loss and promote regrowth.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: PRP injections stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth.
  • Low-Level Laser Therapy: This non-invasive treatment uses low-level lasers to improve hair density and quality.
  • Mesotherapy: A technique involving the injection of essential nutrients into the scalp to nourish hair follicles.
  • Natural and Synthetic Hair Transplants: Surgical options for restoring lost hair.
  • Scalp Micro Pigmentation: A non-surgical technique to create the appearance of thicker hair by tattooing the scalp.

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Frequently Asked Question

Yes, female pattern baldness often has a genetic predisposition and can run in families.

Yes, hormonal fluctuations during menopause can contribute to or exacerbate female pattern hair loss.

Maintaining a balanced diet, managing stress, and avoiding hairstyles that pull on the hair can help mitigate hair loss.

While it may not be possible to reverse FPHL entirely, various treatments can slow down hair loss and promote regrowth.

FPHL can affect women of all ages, but it becomes more prevalent as women get older.