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Female pattern baldness

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. 

female pattern baldness

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 to discuss your hair loss and treatment options.

Before treatment options are considered, it is important to understand the causes of hair loss in women. In most cases a clinical diagnosis can be made by our team. They will then prescribe non-surgical hair restoration medications for women and/or platelet rich plasma treatments to help arrest hair loss and stimulate the regrowth of hair. Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment is essential to achieve maximum results, as all treatments for female pattern baldness are more effective at arresting progression of hair loss than stimulating regrowth. Hair transplant surgery is also an option for many women, utilizing state-of-the-art follicular unit excision or follicular unit-strip harvest.

Understand your hair loss treatment options and women’s hair loss products by visiting our Hair Survival Program tailored for women. Learn more about hair loss in women.