Understand female baldness

How can we solve female baldness?

Female baldness, even if it is not as common nor visible as male baldness, it is a reality for a lot of women that are faced with it daily. If for a man losing hair is a difficult process to manage, for a woman baldness is a real nightmare.

What is female baldness?

Female baldness or female Androgenetic Alopecia is one of the main causes of hair loss in women, 1 out of 5 women above 50 are affected by this. This pathology has a genetic origin and is frequently associated with hormonal disturbances. With a different behavior from what is manifested in men, Androgenetic Alopecia manifests itself in women by a significant decrease in hair density, the strand of hair will get thinner and thinner and with less volume, which gradually makes the hair more sparse.

Much like in men, this pathology happens because, in determined areas of the scalp, there are specific receptors, in the capillary follicles, which makes them sensible to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone affects the follicles and shortens the life span of the hair, stopping the hair from becoming stronger and denser. The vulnerable follicle reaches exhaustion quicker and stops producing hair. This type of Alopecia is much less aggressive in women due to estrogen, however, after menopause a decrease in the natural cycle of female hormones occurs which in turn leads to that hair loss being much more visible and intense.

What are the causes of loss of hair in women?

Identifying the origin that leads to the loss of hair in women is much more complicated, once it is more varied than the ones verified in men.

In the case of women, the most common causes are related to hereditary factors and hormonal disturbances. This excessive hair loss can also originate in elevated levels of stress, anxiety, or some kind of vitamin/mineral deficiency. However, in these cases, the hair loss could be temporary and will be normalized as soon as these disturbances are corrected.

How does feminine baldness manifest itself?

Feminine Androgenetic Alopecia manifests itself in a different form than in men. In women, it manifests as a pattern shaped like a Christmas tree, increasing the length of the line that divides the central area from the top of the head. Women that suffer from this kind of pathology are mainly affected when they are in between 30 and 40 years of age. The scale used to identify the stage of Androgenetic Alopecia in women is the Ludwig scale.

Erich Ludwig, based on hair density, classified female Androgenetic Alopecia into three stages. The majority of women that suffer from this pathology find themselves in the first stage.

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How can I stop my excessive hair loss?

The first step to normalize this loss is to identify what is causing it. As we previously referred, the excessive loss of hair in women can be caused by multiple factors, and, losing time and money with ineffective treatments/products can be extremely frustrating and, in the worst case, aggravate the problem. It is fundamental to identify the cause so that the treatment/product can be selected efficiently. At Attica Clinic, we help our patients identify the cause of hair loss and after an evaluation, our specialized team will indicate the best solution to your problem.

What treatments exist to fight against baldness?

At Attica Clinic we offer efficient solutions to fight against female Androgenetic Alopecia. We have definitive and preventive treatments.

What are the preventive treatments?

The capillary treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and the mesotherapy capillary treatment help to maintain the hair healthy and prolong its life cycle. These treatments are also recommended for women that suffer from intense seasonal hair loss.

What are the definitive treatments?

In the case of advanced female Androgenetic Alopecia, the hair transplant is the solution to have healthy hair in bald or less dense areas.

With resources to the least invasive and most advanced methods of the modern day, the capillary transplant at Attica, the result of more natural and long-lasting hair is guaranteed.

Following rigorous certified protocols, the specialized doctor selects healthy capillary follicles (non-vulnerable to the effects of DHT), carefully removes them, one by one and implants them in the bald or less dense areas.