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Thinning hair and hair loss: Could it be female pattern hair loss?

Posted by :Cathrine

Female pattern hair loss: Without treatment, female pattern hair loss can progress from a widening part to overall thinning. Not every women who has this type of hair loss will develop overall thinning.
Is your part widening? Have you noticed that your ponytail is thinner these days? You may have female pattern hair loss (FPHL), a condition that affects millions of women. FPHL is actually the most-common cause of hair loss in women.
For most women, FPHL begins in midlife, when a woman is in her 40s, 50s, or 60s. It can begin earlier for some women.
FPHL is a progressive condition. This means women tend to continue losing hair. Women, however, do not lose all of their hair, as do some men. Instead, your part often gets wider. Hair near your temples may recede. Without treatment, some women eventually develop widespread thinning.
Treatment can prevent hair loss from worsening and help women regrow their hair. Treatment delivers the best results when started at the first sign of hair loss.

How can I tell if I have female pattern hair loss?
It’s best to make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Dermatologists are the experts in diagnosing and treating hair loss. A dermatologist can tell you whether it’s FPHL or something else that is causing your hair loss. Other causes of hair loss can look like FPHL, so it’s important to rule out these causes.

What causes female pattern hair loss?
It’s hereditary. You inherit the genes from your mother, father, or both. Because FPHL is more common after menopause, hormones may also play a role.

How do dermatologists treat female pattern hair loss?
To give women optimal results, dermatologists may use more than one hair-loss treatment. For FPHL, treatment options include:
Minoxidil (MINTOP): Long used to treat Female pattern hair loss,today, it is the most-recommended treatment for hair loss. Minoxidil (Mintop) containing either 2% or 5% minoxidil are approved to treat hair loss in females. Call 1800 3000 1041 for more information on Mintop.

What should I know about using minoxidil (Minop)?
For the first 2 to 8 weeks, you may notice a temporary increase in hair loss. This stops when your hair begins to regrow.
A common side effect of minoxidil (Mintop) is an irritated scalp, which may cause dryness, scaling, itching, and/or redness on your scalp. If this happens, it’s best to stop using minoxidil(Mintop) and see your dermatologist.

Another possible side effect is to see hair growing in places other than your scalp, such as on your cheeks and forehead. If this happens, you can limit it by:
1. Trying to apply minoxidil (Mintop) only to your scalp and avoiding other areas
2. Washing your face after you apply minoxidil(Mintop) to your scalp

When will I see results?
Hair grows slowly, so it takes time to see results. You’ll need to use minoxidil (Mintop) continuously for about 1 year before you know how well it will work for you.
If this medication works for you, you’ll need to use it every day to continue getting results.

Mintop, pregnancy, and breastfeeding: Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should avoid Mintop.
How is minoxidil used? You apply it to your dry scalp. Some products you should apply once a day. Others you apply twice a day.
When will I see results? If your dermatologist prescribes one of these medications, you’ll need to take it for 6 to 12 months before you’ll know if it works for you. No hair growth within 12 months means the medication won’t work for you.
Like minoxidil, once you stop taking a prescription medication, you lose the hair that grew. This happens in about 3 to 4 months.
Hair transplant: Long used to treat hair loss in men, a hair transplant may be an option for some women with hair loss.
The hair transplant has come a long way since the days of hair plugs. Today, most hair transplants look completely natural.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a hair transplant though. If the hair on your scalp is sparse all over, you may not have enough healthy hair to transplant. A hair transplant surgeon, many of whom are dermatologists, can tell you if a hair transplant may help restore your hair.

A dermatologist’s diagnosis is best before treating hair loss
If you think you have FPHL, it’s important to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis. Women develop hair loss for many reasons. Other common causes of hair loss in women can look a lot like FPHL. Each of these causes requires different treatment. Without the right treatment, hair loss often continues.
You can find a dermatologist in your area by calling 1800 3000 1041 – Free Tele-counselling service for all hair loss patients.

 

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