When it comes to hair loss, nothing is more common than male pattern baldness and this affects millions of men every year and by the time that the majority of men have entered their early 30’s they will have been affected by some form of hair loss, though in women it’s a subject matter that’s rarely talked about, especially considering how surprisingly common it is. Androgenetic Alopecia, also known both as both male and female pattern baldness, affects almost 30% of the female population at some point during their lives, and this isn’t a small number considering that there is over 7.5 billion people on the planet.
Where male pattern baldness tends to be concentrated to the hairline, temples and crown of the head, female pattern baldness varies slightly and shows a tendency to be spread more diffusely throughout the scalp where the hairline usually remains intact. Hair loss within women can relate to a number of factors which include but aren’t limited to some form of genetic predisposition, abnormal hormone levels, an underlying medical condition or conditions, stress levels and in some cases even their diet which can make pinpointing the exact cause of the hair loss difficult, requiring a thorough consultation and evaluation process to be performed to rule out any underlying medical conditions before any further procedures are carried out. Female pattern baldness however is directly caused by a combination of both genetic and hormonal factors and it is believed that it can be inherited from either one of or both of the parents, meaning any hair loss within the family could have been passed down through generations until it reaches its unfortunate victim.
The good news is, the evaluation can give the answers that are needed and can allow women to understand more about the reason for their hair loss and the options that are associated with that, whether there is an underlying medical condition and this can be treated which will begin to reverse the hair loss through to requiring a hair transplant that can be performed for patients with a sufficient donor hair supply.
There are also other things that can be done to either mask the female pattern baldness, though none of these will be as good as a hair transplant to cover the affected area. To start with, one of the more appealing and cost friendly solutions can be to use wigs or hair extensions to mask the appearance of gaps in the hair. While both of these are very cost friendly in comparison, they offer no form of permanent solution to hair loss and will simply be a means to an end. One of the better ways to mask the appearance of female pattern baldness is scalp micropigmentation. Although it is commonly used in men to give a “freshly shaved appearance” to the scalp, when performed correctly it can also be used to hide the effects of hair loss by providing a darker base layer onto the scalp to mimic the appearance of thickness and shadow to the hair.