How does alopecia work in women?

Artur Kierach

The number of women who come to me with the problem of baldness is increasing year by year. The reasons for hair loss may vary, but for many women the bad condition of their hair results from certain characteristics inherited in genes and activated at some point in their lives. As many as two-thirds of women experience hair loss – this unpleasant affliction is especially affected by menopause, which means that less than 50% of women reach the age of over 65 with a head full of healthy hair.

Hair loss in women

As I mentioned before, female-type baldness is hereditary. People usually lose between 50 and 100 hairs every day and there is nothing disturbing about that. A healthy organism disposes of hair so that it leaves room for the new one to grow. The problem begins when women start losing more than 100 hairs per day. Then, we can already talk about some disorders of the organism, such as female-type baldness. Alopecia, and even hair thinning, is an issue that causes patients a lot of concerns and worries, making them seek help by using ineffective cosmetics. It must be remembered that the products sold over the counter will not restore our hair; they can only improve the appearance of the ones we still have. In order to receive the only effective help you should visit a doctor’s surgery office – the sooner the source of hair loss is diagnosed, the sooner an expert doctor is able to opt for and implement an effective method of treatment. When it comes to hair loss, time is of key importance; over time we lose a lot of opportunities of fast and inexpensive treatment of hair loss.

What does female-type baldness look like?

It must be remembered that hair growth slows down and it becomes thinner with age. However, the real problem begins when the hair becomes so thin that its core gets weaker and begins to break easily – it takes longer and longer for new hair to grow. Women can lose hair virtually in every area of the head, which makes them different from men - androgenic alopecia leaves the hair at the back and on the sides of the head intact. Female patients suffer from hair loss less often than male patients, but once they are affected by this affliction, they should visit a doctor immediately. Alopecia usually begins along the dividing line (the parting); then, the hairline itself may remain intact, and the hair pattern becomes thinner in the upper part of the head. Alopecia in women usually occurs in the following three types:

Type I involves a small amount of thinning in any area of the head.

Type II involves widening of the area and increasing thinning around it.

Type III involves thinning, with a transparent area on the top of the scalp.

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