Female pattern hair loss or female pattern baldness in women is analogous to male pattern baldness in men. It is a result of a number of interrelated and connected factors such as genetic, hormonal and environmental. Female pattern baldness results in a characteristic pattern in the loss and thinning of hair on a woman’s scalp. A diffuse thinning of hair is seen all over the scalp, and more noticeable thinning on the crown area. Female pattern hair loss also known as androgenetic alopecia as an excess androgens or male hormones are believed to cause female pattern baldness.
Female pattern baldness is clinically diagnosed by looking at the specific hair loss pattern that is evident in patients who suffer from it. The most amount of hair loss occurs on the crown of the head and is evident when the hair is parted. A christmas tree shaped pattern of hair may also be noticeable in women with female pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness can be an agonizing condition due to presence of phases of acute, excessive hair fall which may alternate with periods of reduced hair fall.
Female pattern baldness treatment in India is claimed to be offered by every possible shampoo and hair oil. Unfortunately, hair thinning treatment is not as simple as this and requires the expert attention of a dermatologist, trichologist or cosmetic surgeon. Female pattern baldness treatment in India is offered as one of the following:
- Minoxidil – A solution of 2-5% minoxidil is prescribed as a treatment for female pattern baldness. Results may take almost 6-12 months to show, and sometimes, it is possible that no results are noticed.
- Androgen dependent medications – Spironolactone, flutamide and finasteride are anti-androgen drugs that can help in reducing the amount of free testosterone in the body, and thereby, reduce its conversion into dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for the shrinkage of hair follicles. These medications can be helpful in hair thinning treatment in women.
- Hair transplantation – Female pattern baldness treatment in India is also offered in the form of hair transplantation. Although hair transplantation in female pattern baldness is not considered as often as in male pattern baldness, studies suggest that women suffering from female pattern baldness may experience very good results with hair transplantation.
Along with hair thinning treatment, female pattern baldness therapy should also include a psychological component. Female pattern hair loss is often a traumatising and anxiety-ridden problem for women. Proper counselling and psychological help can help them cope with the self-consciousness and social isolation caused by female pattern baldness better.