Androgenic Alopecia

Understanding How It Looks and How To Treat It.

This is the most common cause of hair thinning and loss in women. It is also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss or FPHL. Up to 50 % of women have some degree of this in their lifetime. It certainly is more common as women age, particularly after menopause, but it can start as early as the teenage years. We know that it tends to run in families but sometimes there is no family history.
Inheritance can be from either the mother’s side or the father’s side of the family. We know that hormones play a role in this type of hair loss, especially the “androgenic” hormones such as testosterone.

Female pattern hair loss is typically more pronounced in the frontal areas of the scalp. Over time the hair shaft gets thinner in a process known as “miniaturization”. The hair goes through a constant life cycle, as it naturally sheds and grows new hairs. However, miniaturization occurs, because the anagen phase, or growth phase, of the hair cycle, gets shorter, which means the hair is not able to grow as long or thick as it has in the past. Eventually if not treated, the affected hair will continue to get smaller and disappear completely.

It is essential that women start treatment as soon as they notice excessive hair shedding or thinning. By the time the scalp is visible through the hair, almost 50% of the density in that area has been lost.

Symptoms of Androgenic Alopecia

Female Pattern Hair Loss
Widening part
More visible scalp
Smaller ponytail



Female Pattern Hair Loss most commonly caused by genetics.
Typically, hair loss will be more pronounced in the frontal areas of the scalp.
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 53

    Symptoms: Progressive Thinning in Crown Area

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Low Level Laser Therapy & Minoxidil
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 53

    Symptoms: Progressive Thinning in Crown Area

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Low Level Laser Therapy & Minoxidil
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 56

    Symptoms: Thinning on Top

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Optimal Platelet Concentration Therapy
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 39

    Symptoms: Widening Part & Thinning on Top of Scalp

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Optimal Platelet Concentration Therapy & Low Level Laser Therapy
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 32

    Symptoms: Widening Part & Loss in the Back

    Causes: Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia & Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 50

    Symptoms: Diffuse Thinning

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 37

    Symptoms: Frontal and Temporal Loss

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 24

    Symptoms: Progressive Thinning 6 Years

    Causes: Adrogenic Alopecia - PCOS

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 29

    Symptoms: Thinning in Crown, Vertex, Front of Head

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 69

    Symptoms: Thinning Throughout

    Causes: Post Cancer Hair Loss & Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Low Level Laser Therapy
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 56

    Symptoms: Gradual hair loss over many years

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Low Level Laser Therapy, Minoxidil
    Individual Results May Vary
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 73

    Symptoms: Thinning in Frontal and Temporal Areas

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia

    Treatment: FUT Hair Transplant & Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
    Individual Results May Vary

Clinically Proven Treatments for Androgenic Alopecia

The following are hair rejuvenation treatments that are clinically proven to work.
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What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL), clinically known as Androgenic or Androgenetic Alopecia, is the most common cause of hair thinning and loss in women. Up to 50 % of women have some degree of female pattern hair loss in their lifetime. It certainly is more common as women age, particularly after menopause, but it can start as early as the teenage years.

New Study on the Effectiveness of PRP

While there have been many clinical studies showing the effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma in treating female hair loss, a recent study was completed exclusively with female patients.

The Most Common Type of Hair Loss among Women

It may surprise you to learn that hair loss in women is not uncommon. In fact, we’d be willing to bet that you can name a female relative, co-worker, or friend who has visible hair loss.

Take Control Of Your Hair Loss

Speak with a Medi Tresse medical expert in person or virtually and get your personalized hair loss treatment plan.

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