Female Hair Loss

What causes hair loss in women, and how can it be prevented?

Women with androgenetic alopecia are more likely to suffer from female pattern hair loss (FPHL). FPHL affects a large number of women. The hair loss rate for women begins to decline around the age of 50 and less than half of women reach the age of 80 with a full head of hair.

If you’re suffering with FPHL, you’ll notice your hair become thinner and thinner all over your scalp. Approximately 50-100 hairs are shed each day. In addition to FPHL, another disorder known as persistent telogen effluvium causes excessive hair loss. Identifying these disorders is critical since the treatment for each differs.

When it comes to hair loss, female pattern baldness (FPHL) differs greatly from male pattern baldness, which often begins with receding hairlines and proceeds to a large bald patch at the crown of one’s head. Female pattern baldness is rare unless there is an overabundance of androgens in the bloodstream.

Female Hair Loss

Three stages of hair growth are involved:

It takes around a month for your shorter hairs like eyelashes, arm and leg hair, and eyebrows to enter anagen. If you take care of your scalp hair, it can survive for six years or more.

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How common is hair loss in women?

Men and women can both suffer from receding hairlines. However, it is expected that more than half of all women may experience visible hair thinning at some point in their lives. As many as 30 million women in the United States are affected by female-pattern hair loss (FPHL), which affects around one-third of women who are at risk.


Are there any ladies who are more likely to lose their hair? Hair loss can affect every woman or girl. However, it’s more prevalent in the following:


we use the FUE method or hair transplantation. We have in the past used the strip method but for many reasons we find the FUE method a better way to remove the donor hair. We find this is particularly so in women as very often your best hair – which may not be affected at all by the hair-loss process – is low down in your scalp, near the nape of your neck. This is too low to extract by the strip method. This impacted our hair transplant for women in the past and we sadly had to turn a lot of women away.

However with the FUE method we can identify the best hair and remove it easily.

You will need to shave the donor area – but we recommend that you plan this with your hairdresser and ask them to give you a “Pixie Cut” at least a week before your hair transplant procedure. I will often liaise with you and your hairdresser to ensure that we get everything right for the day.

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