Help! Do I Have Female Hair Thinning?

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If you have noticed your hair is not quite as thick as it once was, you are not alone. Female hair thinning is a common occurrence that affects nearly 40 percent of women by the age of 50. An estimated 30 million American women experience female pattern baldness, making it a typical concern for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

Female hair thinning is usually a product of androgenetic alopecia, commonly referred to as female pattern baldness, and is unfortunately not completely preventable. However, medical treatments and products, as well as hair transplantation surgery, can have extraordinary results in restoring thinning hair and preventing further hair loss.

What Causes Female Hair Thinning?

Androgenetic alopecia, the most common cause of female hair thinning, is still actively being studied. The root cause of the issue remains unknown, although research suggests the hormone dihydrotestosterone plays a role in some way by disrupting the natural growth cycle of hair follicles. Androgenetic alopecia cannot be prevented and is primarily caused by genes and a family history of thinning hair. While this form of female hair thinning is unavoidable, it is not untreatable.

Other external factors may cause hair to thin, including overuse of harsh chemical hair products and dyes, as well as excessive heat from blow dryers and flat irons. Creating too much tension on the roots as a result of cornrows or tight braids can cause traction alopecia. Extreme stress or trauma can also cause alopecia areata, a form of hair loss that is characterized by sudden circular bald patches that may progress to encompass large sections of the scalp. All of these forms of female hair thinning are avoidable or temporary and can be resolved with a change in hair care routine or with the passage of time.

What Does Female Hair Thinning Look Like?

If you are like many women and are experiencing androgenetic alopecia, you may notice an overall thinning on the top half of your scalp. Many women typically notice a widening of their part and receding hair around the temples. The good news is women do not typically experience total baldness like men can when affected by androgenetic alopecia. Unlike men, however, women can experience balding along the back and sides of the scalp, decreasing the size of their viable donor sites for hair transplantation surgery.

Female hair thinning is a very common and treatable condition. If your hair seems to be gradually thinning and changes to your hair care routine have not made a noticeable impact on the growth of your hair, you may be experiencing female pattern baldness. Dr. Cooley and his expert staff at Carolina Dermatology Hair Center offer options for hair restoration that looks natural and beautiful. If you are interested in hair transplantation surgery or would like to explore other options, call Carolina Dermatology Hair Center today at 704-542-1601 to schedule your consultation.