Lovisa Alvin

www.examiner.com - Writer
San Diego, New York

    Concern over hair loss in women

    December 10, 2014

    Hair loss is the disorder which mentally attacks human beings. Falling or thinning of hair is symptoms of aging but hair loss before 35 and even 20 years is an intolerable symptom commonly prevalent among the masses of the current generation. Hair loss affects both men and women, but it is predominant in men. Hair loss for women never received the accolades or attention. People think that the treatment for hair loss in women is social enigma. When the world lost its focus on hair loss on women, the women who are affected by hair loss are significantly increasing. The proportion of baldness in male is approximately 85 % and in female is 15 %.

    Female hair loss pattern

    A decade ago hair loss in female is visible only after 60 years but in the present scenario it started its onset even before 50 years. North American Hair Research Society said that initially hair loss in women is characterized by hair shedding, later on the density of the hair get reduced on the scalp. The onset of female pattern hair loss (FPHL) may start after the puberty. It will occur on two stages, one is at early 20s which are early onset and the second is after 40 years which is late onset. Since it receives late attention the medical world is doing research on FPHL to find out the etiology and conditions. Only bliss is in FPHL that it will not form complete baldness similar to men who have men hair loss pattern.

    Non-surgical treatment

    Female who affected by FPHL generally take tropical Minoxidil as medication. 2 % Minoxidil is the approved strength for female patients since higher dosages cause irritation on the scalp and some patients are experiencing facial hair. Generally the medication tropical Minoxidil impels a robust hair growth during the active stage of growth. North American Hair research society does not recommend the other drug Finasteride which has shown effective result in male pattern is ineffective in women and in fact, it increase the tendency of female pattern in post menopause women. Finasteride act as oral contraceptive to the women in pregnancy. Similarly other drugs such as spironolactone and flutamide in US and Cyproterone  acetate   which is commonly used as oral medication for to treat FPHL is restricted to use in the time of pregnancy or those who wanted to pregnant.

    Surgical treatment for FPHL

    Unlike male patients who affected by MPHL, female patients are not mostly affected by complete baldness; instead, the hair gets thinner on their crown which makes them not suitable for surgical treatment. One of the leading institute in hair transplantation for both men and women http://www.vincihairclinic.es, said that men’s donor area will not get affected by dihydrotestosterone (DHT) where the follicles does not get shrink, so transplantation from donor area is possible and it is effective too. But follicles in female head get affected DHT which reduce the density everywhere and thereby they will not possess donor area. Even if they undergone surgery the hairs will fall again after one or two weeks. Women who have bald patches similar to men pattern are advised to take surgery. However, doctors and female community expect a better solution from the current researches. 

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