What Causes Female-Pattern Hair Loss? – Bosley Medical

What Causes Female-Pattern Hair Loss? – Bosley Medical

In men, the primary cause of hair loss is dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT causes hair to thin slowly over time, eventually to the point of falling out and causing male-pattern hair loss.  The degrees of male-pattern hair loss are illustrated by the Norwood Scale.

Hair loss in women is typically characterized by a general thinning throughout the scalp and usually begins at menopause.  Before menopause, DHT is counteracted by estrogen but when these levels drop it’s possible that the follicles can be affected by DHT.

Female-pattern hair loss is illustrated by the Ludwig Scale with Classes 1-3.

The Ludwig Scale

Bosley hair transplant surgery is available to men and women.  The procedure is relatively simple and is done on an outpatient basis at a regionally located surgical center.  The typical procedure will take anywhere from 3/4 to one full day to complete.  Given local anesthesia is used, Bosley patients have the opportunity to read, eat, watch movies and even sleep during the procedure.

To learn more about FDA approved hair loss treatments, the causes of hair loss, treatment options and a typical range of cost, schedule a free, private consultation with a Bosley Senior Counselor and order a free  Bosley DVD and Information Kit.

During your consultation a thoroughly trained Bosley Senior Counselor will answer your general questions.  Only a Bosley physician can determine whether or not you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery and provide you with a definitive answer on cost, which is dependent on a variety of factors.

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In the following Bosley Physician Q&A video, Dr. Ken Washenik explains the affect of hormones on hair loss: