Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Women, like men, are subject to the inherited pattern hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia. Male and female pattern hair loss has different appearances, but the underlying, inherited cause is the same.

One of the first signs may be excess shedding of hair noted in combing and brushing. As hair loss continues women will notice areas of evident thinning where scalp becomes more visible. Women typically develop a centrifugal pattern hair loss where the top central part of the scalp hair becomes thinner to varying degrees.

The hairline mostly stays intact with female pattern hair loss, except in the Androgenetic variant where the pattern may be similar to men, with receding and push-back of the anterior hair line in the fronto-temporal angles.

 

 

Female pattern hair loss

Female pattern hair loss presents in three basic patterns, which are Hamilton’s grading for Androgenetic alopecia in women, Stages II to VIII; the Olsen pattern I, II and III that presents as a “Christmas tree pattern” from the hairline projecting back; and the Ludwig pattern (Centrifugal) Type I; Type II and Type III.

It is important for anyone planning hair restoration to consider how sensitive they are regarding the visibility of hair restoration surgical procedures and going through the various phases of hair restoration.

The approach to hair loss and restoration is very personal; in each case the Surgeon and the patient work closely together to establish the treatment plan; define expectations and discuss potential issues and results.

Female pattern hair loss

Female pattern hair loss presents in three basic patterns, which are Hamilton’s grading for Androgenetic alopecia in women, Stages II to VIII; the Olsen pattern I, II and III that presents as a “Christmas tree pattern” from the hairline projecting back; and the Ludwig pattern (Centrifugal) Type I; Type II and Type III.

It is important for anyone planning hair restoration to consider how sensitive they are regarding the visibility of hair restoration surgical procedures and going through the various phases of hair restoration.

The approach to hair loss and restoration is very personal; in each case the Surgeon and the patient work closely together to establish the treatment plan; define expectations and discuss potential issues and results.

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