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Hair loss in women
- Early diagnosis is encouraged, as it can minimize future hair loss.
- Local application of minoxidil or peptides – help to minimize further hair loss and grow back significant amount of lost hair. It takes about 3-6 months to see the result.
- Oral medicines like Finasteride and dutasteride or Spironolactone (Aldactone) are used to treat FPHL. These medicines may help regrow hair in women.
- Suppliments: irons, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids will help to improve the results obtained with other treatments.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may also be beneficial.
- Laser combs and helmets are FDA-approved to treat hair loss.
- In advanced cases, hair transplant is a more permanent solution
Female pattern baldness isn’t reversible. Proper treatment can stop the hair loss and potentially help regrow some of the hair you’ve already lost. Treatments can take up to 12 months to start working. You’ll need to stay on them long-term to keep from losing your hair again.
Female pattern baldness also is called androgenetic alopecia. In FPHL, there is gradual loss of hair. Women usually present with thinning of hair, widening of parting line and there is loss of hair from all over their scalp. Women usually do not go completely bald and almost always retain their front hair line.
FPH is hereditary. FPHL can be inherited especially if you have a mother, father or other close relatives suffering with androgenetic alopecia. . It is caused by androgens and is more commonly observed into their 40s, 5os, and beyond.
It is necessary to rule out conditions like PCOS or androgen forming tumour.
Diffuse telogen effluvium or diffuse alopecia areata can mimic FPHL. Your dermatologist can make proper diagnosis based on your history, clinical examination or with the help of trichogram, trichoscopy and blood reports.