[Expert KC]Hair loss information that women must to know
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ۼ 2023-10-24

Hair loss information that women must to know

: 4 stages of typical female hair loss and their diagnosis methods



Hair loss knowledge that women must know



A person loses 50 to 100 hairs a day.

Hair loss is part of a natural balance, with some losing and others growing.

When the balance is broken, that is, the hair falls out and the hair grows less, hair loss occurs.


It's different from falling hair. The medical term for hair loss is "alopeica(hair-loss)".



Hair loss is common not only in men but also in women, as we are aging, the hair loss also increases.

It is estimated that over 50% of women have experienced significant hair loss.

In fact, according to a 2019 Gallup Korea survey, 4% were in their 20s, 9% were in their 30s, 13% were in their 40s, 15% were in their 50s, and 27% were over 60 years old, indicating symptoms of female hair loss.

Generally, Hair loss symptoms usually begin around the age of 40, However recently, there has been an increasing in hair loss among young women in their 20s and 30s.







4 stages of female hair loss





Hair loss in women usually starts on the top of the head or in a demarcated area and gradually progresses to the entire area of hair loss. Unlike male hair loss, hair on the forehead line tends to remain relatively well maintained.

Ludwigs classification:
- Stage 1: The hair on the top of the head is thinning.

- Stage 2: The state where hair falls off the top of the head and the number of hair decreases
- Stage 3: The hair on the top of the head is almost falls out.




Diagnosis of hair loss status

In order to accurately understand the condition of hair loss, it is very important to have diagnosis, treatment, and consultation with patients. Usually we check as follows below,

1. Hair loss symptom onset time, progression speed, hair loss pattern (type), hair density and hair thickness.
2.
Are there any products or folk therapies available to alleviate hair loss symptoms.
3.
Do you tie your hair tightly or habitually pulling or pulling hair
4. Is hair loss accompanied by symptoms in other parts of the body?
5. Have you had any recent illness, childbirth, surgery, stress, etc. or taken any medications (especially contraceptive pill birth control pills))?
6.
Are there any symptoms that may occur when male hormones increase, such as acne, irregular physiology, and hirsutism?
7. Have you noticed any symptoms that may indicate thyroid disease?

8.
Are you on a diet or vegetarian?





Examination of female hair loss


: Types of tests for female hair loss



To understand the causes of hair loss, the following hair loss tests can be performed.

1. Ferritin Test: Serum ferritin

2. Thyroid Function Tests

3. androgen hormone test

4. VDRL test

5. Fungal test

6. Organizational inspection

7. Trichogram examination of hair

8. Taking Hair /Scalp photos


9. Genetic testing






Examination and analysis of female hair loss



1.Visual inspection
Check the scalp for inflammation, dead skin cells, redness, etc.

Unlike general female hair loss or hereditary hair loss, scarring alopecia at the entrance of the pores also requires careful examined.
Look at hair spacing to determine density and check hair loss patterns.Carefully observe the thickness, breakage, length, shape of the hair. It is normal for the hair to become thinner at the end, but if it becomes
dull, it may damage the hair. Identify whether hair is falling out at the root or broken in the middle.








2. Palpation
You can check this by using a hair plucking test, which involves gently gripping 25 to 30 hairs with your thumb and index finger, and then gently pulling them from the root to the tip to check for how much hair that has fallen off. After 6 to 8 times treatments, it is normal for 1 to 2 hairs to fall out.




3. Hair/Scalp Microscope
If see the hair of different diameters in a microscope view, it means that the hair is miniaturized.





In addition, in cases where hair loss leads to reduced hair, the frequency of scalp exposure to sunlight increases, and pigmentation is often observed.

By comparing the microscope screens of the back of the head area with less hair loss and the crown area with more hair loss, the degree of hair loss progression can be evaluated, and the treatment effect can also be evaluated.



In addition, the diseases that need to be differentiated from general female hair loss are as follows:


1. Telogen effluvium

2. Alopecia areata

3. Tinea capitis

4. Traction alopecia

5. Trichotillomania




Only by examining all of these aspects can we accurately diagnose a female patient's hair loss condition and find an appropriate treatment method.
Female hair loss often starts from the top of the head, and unlike male hair loss, it is not noticeable in early stages, so appropriate treatment opportunities are often missed.
Therefore, when hair loss in women is suspected, it is important to be diagnosed quickly and find and implement a treatment that suits the cause. If you are in your 40s or 50s and your hair is sparse, greasy, itchy, or with sparse hairlines, it is recommended visiting a hair loss specialist Clinic or hair/Scalp management center for early treatment through scalp analysis.

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