Although men are frequently concerned with hair loss prevention and restoration, women can also suffer from hair loss. Female pattern hair loss is actually more common than some may suspect, with one in four women suffering from some degree of hair loss.
A study published in SKINmed’s July/August 2012 issue reviewed treatments for female pattern hair loss (FPHL). Androgenetic alopecia, also referred to as female pattern baldness, a condition that results from genetic predisposition to effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the hair follicles. Women with FPHL usually show signs of progressive thinning and hair loss over the crown and frontal scalp. The process of miniaturization is the same for both women as well as men. Not only do the hairs become more narrow, they also will not grow as long as before.
The study reviewed previous FPHL studies and what treatments that research proved to be the most effective for women’s hair loss. The study’s consensus was that topical minoxidil (Rogaine®) was shown to help most with female pattern hair loss. Although all respondents did not show regrowth, shedding was stopped. This treatment is effective for women with or without hyperandrogenism, young or old, and premenopausal or postmenopausal. When any person begins using topical minoxidil they may notice increased shedding. This is due to the pushing out of the older hairs which is then followed by new hairs growing in.
With over 30 years of experience in hair restoration, Dr. Edmond Griffin stresses to his patients how imperative it is to determine the cause of hair loss to find the most effective treatment. Dr. Griffin evaluates each patient’s unique case by discussing their hair loss history as well as their family’s history. Additional testing including blood test, hair pull test, hair count diary, and sometimes scalp biopsies may be completed to accurately determine the cause(s) of your hair loss. Other successful treatments for women’s hair loss include Finasteride (Propecia®), red light therapy, compounded prescriptions, and surgical procedures including microscopic follicular unit grafting and NeoGraft assisted follicular unit extraction.