In contrast to men who more frequently have a "patterned" type (hair loss that spares the back and sides) women generally have a diffuse thinning (less hair all over). The presentation is much different than in men and the management of women with hair loss requires significant expertise in both diagnosis and treatment.
Women often maintain their frontal hairline, whereas men characteristically lose a significant amount of hair in the front part of their scalp from the very beginning. Hair loss in women is most often very gradual, with the rate accelerating during pregnancy and at menopause. It is more often cyclical than in men, with seasonal changes that reverse themselves, and it is more easily affected by hormonal changes, medical conditions, and external factors.
Hair transplantation is frequently a treatment of choice for female androgenetic alopecia hairloss if the patient's hair and scalp characteristics are suitable for transplantation, and may occasionally be combined with minoxidil, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for non-surgical treatment of androgenetic alopecia.
Medical treatments for hair loss are largely directed at male androgenetic alopecia.
- Accepting and learning to live with hair loss. Professional counseling may be of help.
- Perms, color and other cosmetic options to give a fuller appearance to hair.
- Medical therapy -- Rogaine (topical minoxidil). Rogaine is the only FDA approved medication currently available for female pattern hair loss.
- Hair Replacement Surgery -- Modern surgical techniques have made transplantation for females a viable treatment option providing they are qualified candidates and have realistic expectations.
- Hair Additions -- Modern forms of hair additions have also made recent improvements in simulating a natural appearance.
If you are a woman who is worried about loss of scalp hair and would like a quote for private hair loss treatment, complete our hair loss treatment enquiry form.
Featured hair transplant, hair loss treatment and restoration clinics
The following hair transplant, hair loss treatment and restoration centres and clinics are specialists in hair loss treatment and restoration, and have extensive services for those seeking private hair loss treatment in the UK.
The Belgravia Centre
Situated just a 30 second walk from Victoria station in Central London, The Belgravia Centre has grown to become one of Europe's largest and most renowned hair clinics. The centre has almost 50 members of staff and the UK’s only registered pharmacy specialising in nothing but the most effective scientifically formulated and clinically proven treatment courses for hair loss and thinning hair.
Contours Cosmetic Surgery, London
With over 20 years experience in cosmetic surgery, and appearances in television programmes and the press, Contours Cosmetic Surgery at the Highgate Hospital in London is an excellent choice if you are planning or thinking about having cosmetic surgery.
Transform have been treating hair loss in men and women for over thirty years. All of the treatments offered are provided in their network of purpose built clinics or hospitals across the UK, and backed up by their comprehensive and extensive post-operative care service.
HDC Medical Trichology Centre
HDC Medical Trichology Centre, provides consultations and advice on hair transplantation in its London offices, supported by a leading hair restoration clinic in Cyprus. HDC was established in 1989 and has become one of the leading Hair Transplant Centeres in Europe, enjoying the patronage of customers from as far as the UK and Spain.
Get a quote for private hair loss treatment and restoration
If you would like a quote for hair loss treatment and restoration, complete our hair loss treatment and restoration enquiry form. Your enquiry will be sent to a maximum of three private hospitals or private clinics, usually in your local area, who carry out hairloss treatment and restoration.