Female Pattern Hair Loss
Hair Loss in Women
Unlike hair loss in men, women are less likely to begin losing hair at a younger age. It is more common for a woman to notice thinning hair in her 40s or 50s. To make matters more challenging, there are typically multiple factors contributing to a woman’s thinning hair besides genetics – and most of these hair loss patterns all look the same at a glance. In order to formulate an effective treatment plan, a proper evaluation, including lab testing and a thorough scalp exam, is necessary to establish the cause(s) of hair loss.
Ludwig Hair-Loss Scale
Like their male counterparts, the most common cause of scalp hair loss in women is genetic. Also known as female-pattern hair loss, it results in a gradual decline in the health of the hair follicle resulting in shorter, finer hair over a period of years. The distribution of hereditary hair loss for women is quite different than the distinctive male-pattern alopecia most people would recognize on sight. There are no bald spots and the hairline remains relatively intact.
Variations on female-pattern hair loss include:
- Diffuse thinning throughout the top of the scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front and temples, but not involving the frontal hairline
- Same as above, with mild to moderate thinning/recession of the hairline
- Diffuse thinning of hair over the entire scalp, including the crown and back of the scalp
Other factors that commonly contribute to hair loss in women include:
- Iron deficiency
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Thyroid imbalance (hyper and hypothyroid conditions)
- Metabolic diseases such as diabetes
- Prescription medications
- Poor diet
With all these additional diagnoses to consider when evaluating hair loss in women, the value of working with an experienced, board-certified hair restoration physician is clear.
Explore the many treatment options available for female-pattern hair loss by contacting Northwest Hair Restoration of Tacoma, Seattle, or Spokane, Washington. For a free consultation with Dr. Robert Niedbalski, call (253) 572-2949 or you can request one online.