Pattern baldness is a common hair loss condition that many women develop as they age. Read on to learn more about it and find out which treatments are recommended by hair restoration experts.
What is female pattern baldness?
The medical name for female pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia. It can start to develop at any stage after puberty, however, it is most frequently experienced by older women who have gone through the menopause. The condition is caused by a genetic sensitivity to the action of the male hormone DHT on the hair follicles. The hair follicles get smaller, leading to diffuse shedding extending from the hairline with a general reduction of density and volume.
What are the best treatments for female pattern baldness?
Vinci Hair Clinic are hair restoration experts, with over a decade of experience and more than 50,000 satisfied clients across the globe. These are their recommendations for three of the best treatments for female pattern baldness: minoxidil, hair transplant surgery and Micro Scalp Pigmentation.
Clinically-proven as an effective treatment for female androgenetic alopecia, minoxidil is a medication which is applied directly to the scalp. It tends to work best for women whose hair loss has developed recently and can help to prevent the progression of the condition as well as stimulating regrowth. Women using minoxidil generally see initial results within 3 months of starting treatment.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery allows women to restore their hair to its former thickness. The procedure involves two stages: graft harvesting and graft placement in the recipient area. The grafts are taken from the back of the patient’s head, as these follicles are genetically strong and will not be affected by androgenetic alopecia. After surgery, the new hair takes several months to develop and the result is permanent.
Micro Scalp Pigmentation
A popular option amongst Vinci’s female clients is the Micro Scalp Pigmentation (MSP) procedure. Originally developed to create a shaved head look for those who prefer not to have surgery, Vinci have adapted the process to allow people who prefer longer hairstyles to achieve an effect of improved density. Medical-grade pigments are applied to the scalp to reduce the contrast between the hair and skin-tone of the scalp. Most women require around three sessions of MSP and the results are noticeable from the first treatment.