What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?
Female pattern hair loss – also known as androgenetic alopecia –is the most common type of hair loss seen in women. Characterized by a thinning hair over the top and sides of the head and affects nearly one-third of susceptible women. While it can be seen as early as puberty, most often it occurs after menopause.
The most common causes are:
- Physical stress: illness, surgery, anemia, rapid weight change
- Emotional stress: death of a family member, loss of employment
- Thyroid abnormalities
- Medications: Blood pressure and Gout medications, High doses of Vitamin a
- Hormonal causes: birth control pills, pregnancy, menopause
- Contrary to certain myths, frequent shampooing or wearing hats often do not cause female pattern hair loss.
How is Female Pattern Hair Loss Treated?
While Rogaine has proved to be an effective treatment for female pattern hair loss, one of the best ways to treat this condition is through surgical hair restoration. Technology has made tremendous strides over the past several years, and plastic surgeons are now able to transfer hair from a donor site without giving you the unnatural, “plugged” appearance.