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What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Female pattern hair loss, medically referred to as androgenetic alopecia, can occur at any age. It is by far the most common cause of hair loss in women. Similar to male pattern baldness, it is mostly a genetic condition. If you look back at the women and men in previous generations in your family, you will very often see hair loss. Although due to the same underlying factor as male pattern baldness, female pattern hair loss typically occurs differently from what many men experience. The hair loss often begins as thinning hair on the top and sides of the scalp, although sometimes the back of the head may also be affected. Hair loss often will continue unless treated.

Hair loss can be a trait inherited from either or both sides of the family. Hair loss in recent generations often occurs earlier in life than that of the mothers, aunts, or grandmothers in your family tree. We don’t know exactly why, but it is quite commonly observed. Also, even if you don’t know of anyone with hair loss in your family, this condition may have occurred in prior generations of women who are no longer known to your living relatives.

What are the causes of female hair loss?

Some women experience medical (non-hereditary) causes of hair loss that must be investigated. In these situations, our skilled hair restoration team will work in conjunction with your family physician or endocrinologist to identify the cause. Then, we will work together to effectively treat it.

Some of the factors that can cause hair loss in women other than androgenetic alopecia include hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, menopause, thyroid conditions, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, going on or off birth control pills, and skin conditions. Additionally, certain hairstyles (braids, tight ponytails), chemical hair treatments, and styling tools can damage hair and lead to temporary or permanent hair loss in women.

What should I do?

The most important thing to remember is: Do not ignore your hair loss; do not dismiss it because you hope it will get better on its own, and do not try to rationalize that it is a side effect of your shampoo, hair coloring, or daily routine.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens with many women because they are simply given bad advice. Many of our patients first approach a physician with their concerns. But, oftentimes, that doctor dismisses their hair loss concerns. They’re told it is “normal,” that “there’s nothing that can be done,” and to “get on with your life.” However, in many, many cases, something can be done. There are numerous options available to help treat hair loss, stimulate regrowth, and restore the hair with beautiful results.

Most physicians are not trained to recognize and treat hair loss. While they may be able to cure a variety of illnesses, they oftentimes fail to understand that hair is an integral piece of our individual identity. For many women, losing your hair means losing who you are. The good news is, Houston Hair Loss Clinic can help.

Contact Houston Hair Loss Clinic Today!

At Houston Hair Loss Clinic, we exist to serve your needs and provide you with the best care possible for your medical concerns. We make every effort to stay up to date with the treatment advances being made in the field of dermatology related to hair and scalp disorders so our patients always receive the most effective and advanced care possible.

Our team is committed to making each visit to our office a meaningful and positive experience. We are honored to be able to provide state of the art services to you and we look forward to being part of your personal health care team.   Contact us now or call 713-655-0600.