TLDR Female pattern hair loss diagnosed by scalp appearance, treated with combined therapies and targeted approaches.
This document from 10 years ago discusses the diagnosis and management of female pattern hair loss (FPHL), which is the most common cause of hair loss in women. The diagnosis of FPHL is made clinically based on the appearance of the scalp, and biopsies are reserved only for situations when the diagnosis is uncertain. Treatment options for FPHL include antiandrogen therapies, 5-a reductase inhibitors, and minoxidil. Combination therapies tend to be more effective than single products. The document also explores various treatments, including low-level laser therapy, high-energy lasers, and adjuvant therapies such as biotin and caffeine. The authors suggest that FPHL may encompass different subtypes based on underlying cause, which can be treated with a better-targeted approach.View this study on sciencedirect.com →
Laser treatment increases hair density and thickness safely in women with hair loss.
People with hair loss have higher risk of high blood sugar and diabetes, and lower levels of a specific hormone.
Longer CAG repeats in gene linked to more severe hair loss in females.
Genetics and hormones play a role in male and female hair loss, but more research is needed to fully understand it.
Flutamide improves female hair loss when other treatments fail, but may cause liver toxicity.
Flutamide effectively treats female pattern hair loss with low doses showing good liver tolerance.
Hair loss linked to higher heart disease risk in both men and women.
Hair loss in women may have causes other than hormones.
AR gene not major factor in female hair loss; different from male hair loss.
HairMax LaserComb® effectively promotes hair growth and stops hair loss in males with androgenetic alopecia, with no serious side effects.
Minoxidil and finasteride treat hair loss in men, while minoxidil treats hair loss in women.
New 5% minoxidil foam effectively promotes hair growth and is safe for use.
Laser/light treatments for hair loss are popular but lack scientific data proving effectiveness.
Ketoconazole lotion can improve hair regrowth for some people with androgenetic alopecia.
Finasteride improves acne and hair loss in women with normal testosterone.
Finasteride with oral contraceptive helps improve hair loss in premenopausal women.
Finasteride works better for baldness in people with shorter gene repeats.
Hair loss common in Australia; men affected earlier, more often than Asians; women less concerned.
Genetic variation in the androgen receptor gene mainly causes early-onset hair loss, with maternal inheritance playing a key role.
Oral antiandrogens effectively treat female hair loss, with better results in higher hair loss grades.
Early diagnosis and treatment, using finasteride, minoxidil, or hair transplantation, improves hair loss outcomes.
5% and 2% minoxidil solutions effectively promote hair growth and reduce hair loss, with 5% being slightly more effective but having more side effects.
Topical estrogen helps hair growth in menopausal women with no major side effects.
Melatonin helps hair growth in women with hair loss.
Ketoconazole shampoo with finasteride improves hair density in men with hair loss.
Hair transplanting is a useful, often overlooked treatment for female pattern hair loss.
Minoxidil and pyrithione zinc combo most effectively increases hair density.
Finasteride improves hair loss in women with hyperandrogenism.
Hair loss in women is genetic, diagnosed by examination and biopsy, and treated with minoxidil, finasteride, or transplantation.
Finasteride doesn't effectively treat hair loss in postmenopausal women.
Shorter CAG repeats may cause hair and skin issues, while longer ones may link to acne.
A drug called cimetidine can help treat hair loss in women by blocking androgen receptors. However, it's not the first choice and needs more research.
Minoxidil is effective in treating various types of hair loss and can improve quality of life, with combination therapies showing increased effectiveness.