February 8, 2021
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Female Pattern Hair Loss: What You Need To Know

Everyone deserves strong, healthy hair. Female pattern hair loss often causes emotional symptoms such as lack of self-esteem and lowered confidence. Understanding pattern hair loss and thinning is the first step in treatment for hair regrowth.

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Dr. Reena Jogi is a dermatologist who specializes in PRP Hair Restoration in Houston, Texas.

Introduction


Female pattern hair loss and baldness conditions affect patients of all ages. The condition is similar to male pattern hair loss. However, it requires unique analysis and treatment. Reena Jogi, MD in Houston, TX, PRP Hair Restoration Expert, gladly recommends safe and effective options for hair regrowth in female patients.


What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Female pattern hair loss is also known as Androgenic alopecia. Female hair loss is a common condition. Androgenic alopecia refers to the condition that causes hair loss, thinning, and baldness in female patients. The symptoms of female pattern baldness or hair loss include thinning or patchy hair on the scalp. 

The symptoms of female pattern baldness can begin to take effect later in life than hair loss in men. Around 40% of patients with hair loss experience symptoms in their sixties. 

Female pattern hair loss is classified into stages according to the Ludwig Scale of classification types I-III. When diagnosing the severity of the hair loss symptoms, Hair Restoration expert Reena Jogi, MD, will make an assessment from the following stages: 

  • Type I - Minimal thinning that typically does not require medical intervention
  • Type II - Decreased volume and noticeable widening of the middle part
  • Type III - Increased thinning, noticeable patches of transparency to the scalp

Female patients experiencing severe hair loss and acne or hair growth in other areas of the body will likely warrant an endocrinology workup to test for hormonal conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).


Causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female pattern baldness is caused by genetic factors and inheritance. Female hair loss is also caused by the presence of Androgen (male hormone) in the scalp. Typically, these hormones are localized and will not show up in hormonal testing. Female hair loss can be caused by several factors such as a patient’s genes, changing hormones, increased stress levels, and as a sign of aging.

Some Causes of Female Hair Loss:

  • Genetics and family history (hereditary condition) 
  • Androgen alopecia
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Changes in diet or protein deficiency
  • Illness such as thyroid disease
  • Aging

Hair loss typically occurs at the scalp. While blood tests may indicate a normal hormonal level, the scalp does not always follow the rules regarding androgens. One of the leading causes of hair loss is the follicles reacting to the DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which causes thinning of non-androgen dependant scalp hair.

Other Reasons for Female Hair Loss

A scalp biopsy can help determine the cause of female pattern hair loss. Other conditions that can present as hair loss are:

  • Telogen effluvium
  • Secondary syphilis
  • Systems lupus erythematous
  • Iron deficiency
  • Functional thyroid disease
  • Trichotillomania
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

How to Treat Female Pattern Hair Loss

There are numerous treatment options for hair loss. One of the most popular treatments is PRP, an organic method for hair regrowth. To determine the best treatment option for stronger, healthier hair, speak to a hair restoration expert such as Reena Jogi, MD, in Houston, TX.

PRP Treatment Results

PRP treatments are an effective method to enhance follicle health and hair growth. Platelet Rich Plasma treatments manage both male and female pattern hair loss and baldness. PRP is an innovative cosmetic treatment to increase hair growth and scalp health. 

PRP is effective because it targets the scalp and follicles, stimulating healthy and strong hair growth.

The treatment is minimally invasive and highly recommended for patients of all ages. There are little to no side effects or downtime associated with PRP treatments.


Is Female Pattern Hair Loss Different from Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Female pattern hair loss and male pattern hair loss are not so different. Both conditions are caused by a similar process related to hormones and other genetic factors. However, the visible appearance of the condition, symptoms, and timeline differs depending on the sex of the patient. 

To learn more about female pattern baldness and hair loss, check out our recent post here.


Final Thoughts on Female Pattern Hair Loss

Conditions of female pattern hair loss and baldness affect patients of all ages. Luckily, there are several safe and efficient solutions to pattern hair loss. Speak to the hair restoration expert about your options for hair regrowth. Everyone deserves thick, healthy hair. 

Contact PRP Hair Restoration Expert Reena Jogi, MD in Houston, TX, for more information on hair loss treatments and PRP procedures.


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