Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia)

Female pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the female counterpart of the more widely recognized male pattern hair loss. Unlike men who present with a receding hairline and hair loss on the top and front, female pattern hair loss presents with widening of the part line which can progress to generalized thinning. The condition is hereditary. In addition to genetics, hormones may also play a role. The onset is typically around or shortly after menopause, and the condition is slowly progressive. While there is no cure, various treatment options are available to slow the progression including topical therapies, oral medications, and/or hair transplantation. Low level light therapy and platelet rich plasma are additional treatment options that may be pursued.

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