Today, over 50 million Americans suffer from hair loss. Although the common term for androgenetic alopecia is male pattern baldness and hair loss has been historically seen as a male issue, it affects millions of women as well. Today we know that nearly 40% of hair loss sufferers are women. And although both men and women suffer from hair loss, there are differences in the underlying causes and hair loss patterns between them.
Most hair loss in men and women tend to have a genetic component although, as once thought, baldness is not just passed through the mother’s genetic code. Until very recently, professionals thought that hair loss was caused exclusively by testosterone which women also have in small amounts. But now we know that hair loss is not actually caused by testosterone. A derivative of testosterone known as dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is the actual cause. As levels of DHT rise, they can bind to receptors in certain hair follicles that cause those follicles to shrink and eventually die resulting in hair thinning and balding. The correlation between DHT and men’s hair loss is very consistent, however, it is not always so with female hair loss. Men and women tend to have different responses to DHT and there is still more research needed to assess other causes in female hair loss, although there are known links to health, lifestyle, physical and emotional stress, and medications.
The most obvious difference between men and women and hair loss is usually the way it begins and progresses. Men will typically see the first stages of balding as a receding hairline that begins at the temples or a thinning of the hair at the crown of the head. In females, the typical pattern usually begins with thinning hair in the center of the scalp and moves to the temples and above the ears if left untreated. As all hair loss patients are unique, different patients will experience different patterns of hair loss. Occasionally, some women do experience a more male pattern thinning and some men experience a more female pattern.
Today, there are multiple options for both men and women who suffer from embarrassing hair loss. Both surgical and non-surgical options offer opportunities that were unavailable only a few short years ago. With hair transplants available from grafts from the patient’s own scalp (FUE and FUT) to non-surgical cutting-edge advancements using the patient’s own blood plasma (PRP) and stem cells, today’s hair restoration industry offers proven and promising solutions to sufferers of hair loss. There is no reason why men and women today need to suffer in silence when solutions are readily available.
For men and women who are suffering hair loss, a solution is nearby. Call for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pistone today to see how today’s hair loss procedures and techniques can address the embarrassment of unsightly hair loss.