Though baldness is only common in men many women also suffer from baldness or thinning of hair due to improper care which can cause hair loss and this is particularly for women who have immunological conditions such as alopecia (which can be triggered by stress) or by damaging their scalp with dye, hair extensions and straighteners, hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.
Hair is important to both men and women but more for women from an aesthetic point of view. Though female pattern baldness is not common with most women it can be a huge psychological handicap. On our scalp, the hair sits in a tiny cavity in the skin called a follicle. Baldness occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair which results in the follicle not growing new hair. However, the follicles remain active which gives the possibility to grow new hair. What causes female pattern baldness is still not well understood, but the following could be the reasons:
Hair thinning in women is different from that of male pattern baldness. For women the pattern baldness could be:
When women suffer from female pattern baldness the results are permanent, if not treated. In most cases, hair loss happens with age and the loss is moderate.
The only approved medication by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness is minoxidil:
If minoxidil does not work, your doctor could recommend other medications, such as spironolactone, cimetidine, birth control pills, ketoconazole.
The process of hair transplant is not that different from men and tiny plugs of hair are removed from areas where hair is thicker and transplanted in areas that are balding. Minor scarring may occur on the area from where the hair is removed and a slight risk of skin infection is possible. You could need many transplants, which can be expensive but the results are often excellent and permanent.