Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female hair loss can be caused by a variety of different factors including genetics, stress or various medical issues. Hair loss can be either temporary or ongoing depending on the diagnosis. Consulting a hair loss expert is essential in order to ensure the correct diagnosis is achieved and the right treatment plan is in place.

Female Pattern Baldness – What is it?

One of the most common female hair loss conditions is Female Pattern Hair Loss, also known as Female Androgenetic Alopecia. 12% of women first develop clinically detectable female pattern hair loss (FPHL) by age 29 years, 25% by age 49 years, 41% by 69 years, and over 50% have some element of FPHL by 79 years.” This hereditary condition causes thinning hair which can be found around the centre part of the head and/or the crown area. You may notice you start to shed more hair than usual. In some cases, female hair loss can also cause a receding hairline.

How does it occur?

The hormones responsible for female pattern baldness is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a potent by-product of testosterone when converted by the enzyme 5-alpha Reductase. DHT binds onto androgen receptors in susceptible scalp hair follicles causing the follicle to shrink (miniaturisation). Affected follicles become progressively smaller resulting in thick terminal hairs becoming thin vellus hairs. The anagen phase is also shortened, resulting in increased hair shedding. Eventually the follicle becomes dormant and fails to produce hair. There may be other underlying factors at play such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or low iron, which our doctor can assist to diagnose.

Treating Female Pattern Baldness

There are a number of options available for treating Female Androgenetic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), including topical and oral medications, laser devices and hair transplant surgery.

There are also numerous products on the market that have no clinical efficacy, so you need to exercise caution as it is easy to waste money whilst your hair loss condition progressively becomes worse. Therefore it is very important that you carry out the necessary research before deciding how you are going to treat your female hair loss condition.

The good news is that there are clinically-proven treatments available to halt hair loss, and even regrow a significant amount of hair. Our comprehensive hair loss treatment page explains some of the most effective options available for treating hair loss for women. As it is easier to maintain hair than regrow hair, it is best to start hair loss treatment early.

Our Results

Female patients with Androgenetic Alopecia (female pattern hair loss) usually achieve visible results within the first 3-6 months of treatment. The process of follicular miniaturisation occurs over the course of many years, thus rejuvenation of the follicles is not a quick process. How quickly you attain results will depend on a few factors such as age, severity, genetic predisposition to hair loss, treatment dosage, scalp condition and other external factors. Generally speaking, the earlier treatment is begun, the faster and more effective the results are.

*Results may vary amongst individuals

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With more than 30 years of experience in female hair loss treatment in Australia and overseas, we can say with confidence that our program yields results. Our program is medically-supervised, ensuring that we will go through the necessary health checks and discuss with you the best treatment for your hair. We understand that hair loss is a cause for distress and anxiety for many people which is why there are NO lock-in contracts or large start-up fees. You purchase your hair growth products as you need them. Your results and overall satisfaction are what matters most to us.