How Hair Loss Patterns Differ in Men and Women

hair loss pattern difference in men and women

Many people think of hair loss and thinning hair as a problem men have, but the fact is, women often lose hair as well. While it is a common issue for both men and women, there are significant differences between men and women related to how hair loss occurs. At RHRLI we’re experts on all forms of hair loss and we want to point out what men and women should look for related to thinning hair. We also want you to know that if you’re looking for a permanent solution to hair loss or thinning care, we can help. RHRLI is the only hair loss treatment center on Long Island that has the ARTAS® System which uses advanced robotic technology to give you a healthier head of hair.

The Most Common Type of Hair Loss for Men and Women

The most common type of hair loss for both men and women is Androgenetic Alopecia. According to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), this condition, more commonly known as male or female pattern hair loss, accounts for 95 percent of hair loss cases for men. By age 35, two-thirds of all men will see some degree of noticeable hair loss, while that number will jump to 85 percent of men who’ve passed their 50th birthday.

Differences Between Men and Women

According to the Healthline Website, men tend to lose their hair either at the temples or at the crown of the head. Some men start with a single bald spot while others will see their hair recede into an “M” shape. Eventually, only the hair around the ears, side or back of the head, will remain, according to WebMD.

For women, Androgenetic Alopecia is not as common as it is for men, but it still affects a significant number of women. WebMD says that 40 percent of women have visible hair loss by the time they reach age 40. The pattern of hair loss is different than it is for men. Women will see most of the hair thinning and hair loss at the crown of the scalp. It very often starts with a widening of the central hair part, but it rarely results in the total or near total hair loss that men see. Unlike men, the front of the hairline will remain unaffected by the process.

In addition to the pattern of hair loss, there are other factors where men and women differ in relation to hair loss. One of these is cause. The most common cause is changing hormones, specifically the rising levels of dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT. This change starts earlier for men but is exacerbated by menopause for women, according to the Huffington Post. Psychological studies have also shown that women have more difficult reactions to thinning hair, compared to men.

RHRLI Can Offer a Permanent Solution to Thinning Hair

RHRLI treats both men and women for thinning hair and we can help you with the ARTAS® System. Unlike other hair transplant techniques like painful strip surgery or procedures done by doctors using hand-held devices, the ARTAS® System is more accurate. Your doctor will use robotic technology to identify and transfer donor hairs with precision, leaving you with healthy new hair.

Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

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