HAIR LOSS CAUSES IN women

Hair loss causes in women vary from those in men. Most common hair loss causes in women include:

  • Female pattern hair loss, also known as
    androgenetic alopecia (a genetic condition)
  • Traction hair loss, also known as traction
    alopecia (from excessive pulling and braiding)
  • Burn or major surgery scars
  • Nutritional deficiencies (poor diet, iron
    deficiency, etc.)
  • Hormonal imbalances (pregnancy,
    menopause, birth control pills)
  • Extreme stress
  • Side effects from medications
  • Medical illnesses (thyroid conditions or
    systemic diseases such as lupus)

Classification of Female Hair Loss: The Ludwig Scale

The Ludwig scale is used to measure and classify the progression of female pattern hair loss.

Stage 1 – This is the earliest stage of hair loss. Hair loss may be so mild that it barely visible. At stage 1, female hair loss occurs and begins to thin in the front of the head and at the top of the scalp. Non-invasive treatment options for the scalp would include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), laser treatment, and topical solutions such as Minoxidil.

Stage 2 – At this stage, hair loss is moderate. There is a visible decreased volume and density of the hair since hairs continue to shed. Depending on the severity at this point, a hair transplant procedure is recommended.

Stage 3 – This is the most severe stage of hair loss. At this stage, a woman may be experiencing complete hair loss on the top of her head. Hair loss might also occur at the back of the head for females. A hair transplant procedure is possible if there are enough grafts to cover the affected area.

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