Is female pattern baldness dangerous?

Female Pattern Baldness is not as commonly seen as male pattern baldness. This medical condition is caused due to a combination of genetics and hormonal factors that leads to the shrinking of hair follicles under the skin. Due to this, the dying hairs are disabled from regenerating themselves on the scalp. Usually in women, the hair loss is distributed across widely on the scalp unlike in men, where the loss of hair is mostly found at the temples or over the head. Though it helps women camouflage the hair loss, but their fine hairs make it difficult for them to style.

Complete loss of hair from a particular area, like the hairline, is not usually found in women. However, such a condition, when exists is known as Alopecia Areata. It is caused due to a disorder in the immune system, which leads to the production of bald patches or some type of conditions related to the skin. The most affected part of hair loss is at the top of the head, which is similar to the male pattern baldness, although it is comparably less severe in females. The texture of the hair becomes more fine and fluffy. The hair in this region has short length and has different texture as compared to the hair found at the nape of the head.

Female pattern baldness is a permanent condition. However, the effects are generally mild and hence, can be treated medically. Minoxidil, the only FDA approved medication against female pattern baldness helps in stopping or at least subside the condition of female hair loss. The other way to deal with female pattern baldness is to go for hair transplantation, which was known for poor aesthetics and poor reliability back in the 80’s. However, it makes for a healthy and natural option other than simple camouflaging. In the process of hair transplantation, the hair follicles are transplanted to the areas in need of hair taken from the areas that have hair in abundance. Many women have regained their self-confidence and esteem, which they carried before being affected from female pattern baldness, using hair transplantation procedure.

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