Female Pattern Baldness

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Female pattern baldness — it’s a real problem, and we have real remedies.

Female pattern baldness, caused by age, hormones and genetics, is a life-altering condition that can severely impact self-confidence and emotional wellbeing. And while hair loss tends to be associated with men, female hair loss is much more common than you may think. Indeed, forty percent of women will experience some hair loss by the time they are 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Although not as recognizable as male pattern baldness—with its receding temples and localized loss at the crown—in females a hair loss pattern nonetheless exists. Signs include hair thinning on the top and crown of the scalp, most visible through a center part. The frontal hairline and temples remain. Total baldness, which characterizes advanced male pattern baldness, is absent, since the frontal hairline nearly always remains intact.

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The phases of healthy hair growth.

In its healthy state, hair strands (technically follicular units) grow at an average rate of approximately a ½ inch per month. Each strand grows for three to six years. This is called the anagen phase.

The second phase, which last approximately 10 days to a few weeks, is called the catagen phase. This is a transitional phase where the growth stops and the follicle detaches from the blood supply.

The third phase is called telogen. At this point the hair rests and is inactive for 2-6 months, while still remaining on the head. At the end of the telogen the hair falls out. About 80-100 hairs are lost a day in this way, of the approximately 100,000 hairs on the human head. The follicle then begins the cycle anew, beginning at the anagen phase.

Each follicular unit enters the different phases at different times, so that the natural daily losses of hair are not noticeable when the normal hair growth and loss patterns exist.

So what happens to cause female pattern baldness?

In essence, when female pattern baldness is present, a new follicle fails to replace the old follicle after the telogen phase is complete. This is can be due to changes in the level of androgens, naturally occurring male hormones in the female body. This usually takes place at the onset of menopause, and leads to thinner hair on the head and coarser hair on the face.

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The Ludwig Scale classification of female pattern baldness

The Ludwig scale describes hair loss patterns in females. The scale ranges from stages I to III. This is a simplified illustration:

If you once had a full head of lush, attractive hair, advancing hair loss can be distressing, and can cause anxiety in some women; self-consciousness can become overwhelming to some.

You are not alone. West+Bond offers hope and effective options for the treatment of female pattern baldness. Once medical causes have been ruled out, these include:

Amazing options now exist to treat female pattern baldness.

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