Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia is sometimes also known as:

Female Pattern Baldness/Androgenic Alopecia

Pattern baldness in women has a different pathology to that of men. In men, pattern baldness is usually experienced as a concentrated loss of hair on the crown and a receding hairline, whereas in women it is almost always displayed as an overall diffuse thinning, with less hair over the entire head. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss and can affect up to 40% of women. Both genetic and environmental factors can influence the hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia.  In women, pattern baldness rarely causes whole head balding to the extent that it does in men. There are rarely other symptoms, like sore or itchy scalp, and the characteristics of female androgenic alopecia can be seen in males on occasion. Female pattern baldness can sometimes be attributed to hormonal changes related to the menopause, however, signs of hair thinning can begin to appear as early as the 20’s. Like in men, this baldness is permanent but there are steps which can be taken towards treating female pattern baldness, though if you are comfortable with your appearance there is nothing to say you must seek treatment; female pattern baldness is rarely a sign of an underlying problem.

Female Pattern Baldness Treatment

However, some women may find the thinning of the hair effects their self-esteem and causes their self-image to become negative. There are a range of options available.

  • Cover – There is a huge array of items you can use to cover up the thinning areas, such as head scarves, hats and cotton turbans. If a head-cover is going to be your long term solution, it’s important that it’s of a high quality and won’t cause any irritation to the scalp.
  • Medication – there are a couple of medical possibilities, the primary one being minoxidil which is a cream applied to the scalp. This is a long-term thing and does not cure the problem – hair loss will return if use of the cream is stopped. An alternative that may be prescribed if there is no response to minoxidil is spironolactone, which is taken orally and is especially effective if the cause for hair loss is hormonal.
  • Hair transplants – hair transplants are risky and can cause scarring and infections. They involve taking pieces of skin with thicker hair on and suturing to the thinning area. The process is expensive, but good results are often achieved, and are permanent. If you are interested in our premium service, please visit our dedicated hair transplant and restoration website.
  • Hair pieces – these are often the most cost effective way of achieving excellent results to disguise the hair loss caused by female pattern baldness. Hairoom creates bespoke undetectable hair replacements which blend seamlessly with your remaining hair. Contact us now for a consultation so we can see exactly what will work best for you.

If you’re just beginning to experience the hair loss, being prepared ahead of time can often be hugely reassuring; to know you’re a step ahead of the hair loss. When the time comes, Hairoom can work with you towards a seamless transition into a wig which is so close to your natural hair in look and feel that not even your family will need to know. Each month, people from all walks of life come to us looking for help and support. At all of our centres we provide free private consultations where we can discuss and agree the course of action that suits you best. We have advice, products and services specifically designed for the different stages of hair loss.

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