Almost everyone is familiar with the term “male pattern baldness,” and it has been known for millennia that men go bald. By contrast, little is known by the public at large about the obscure, but no less real, condition of female pattern baldness.
Which is rather odd when one considers that 40% of women will experience some hair loss by the time they are 40 according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Female pattern baldness is a life-altering condition that can severely impact self-confidence and emotional wellbeing.
The Ludwig Scale classification of female pattern baldness
The Ludwig Classification System describes hair loss patterns in female pattern baldness, which ranges from stages I to III. This illustration is a simplified version.
Where male pattern baldness is characterized by a readily visible receding hairline, and loss at the temples and crown, thinning hair in women is more subtle. The Ludwig Classification describes the pattern as hair thinning throughout the entire top of the scalp, behind the frontal hairline. Even in severe cases where loss is easily visible from above, the frontal hairline remains intact. Bald spots may appear at the crown or elsewhere but more commonly; generalized thinning is evenly dispersed throughout the top of the scalp, which can get progressively worse as the years go by. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris to discuss your hair loss and treatment options.