Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) is a common condition affecting up to approximately 50% of women over 50 years of age.
Miniaturisation of the Hair Follicle
FPHL involves gradual thinning or miniaturisation of hair – mainly in the frontal region, mid scalp and crown region of the scalp.
The cause of hair loss in women is not as clear as in men.
As in Male Pattern Hair Loss, hair follicle miniaturisation in FPHL is believed to be due to the presence of DHT (Di-HydroTestosterone) in the scalp tissue, which retards the growth of the hair follicle.
However, as women often suffer from diffuse thinning over the entire scalp, the process may in fact be more complex.
The hair follicle becomes smaller over time and produces a smaller, weaker hair.
Typically the frontal hairline tends to remain unaffected.
Female Pattern Hair Loss is also referred to as Androgenic or Androgenetic Alopecia.
The Ludwig Scale is commonly used to categorise hair loss patterns in women.
Typical hair loss is divided into 3 categories and sub-categories.
Other Causative Factors in FPHL
Occasionally FPHL thinning is temporary and can be caused by a number of factors that are linked to the actions of hormones, including pregnancy, menopause and thyroid conditions.
Where medical illness or underlying hormonal conditions are not the cause, hair loss in women is thought to be caused by DHT acting on increased numbers of androgen receptors in hair follicles (as with males).
Before Hair Transplant Surgery, women must first consult a specialist to rule out other medical (and sometimes treatable) causes of hair loss.
PRP Hair Restoration Therapy
PRP Hair Restoration Therapy offers a very safe and effective alternative to Hair Transplant Surgery and adjunct to Medication, by using your own body’s Growth Factors and Stem Cells to stimulate Hair Regrowth.
Various medications can help to treat or successfully manage FPHL.