Is there actually a difference in the mechanism that causes hair loss in women when compared to that which causes male pattern baldness?

Well, they are not the same, but the mechanisms can be similar, says Dr. Robert Dorin, DO, NYC-based hair care expert and restoration specialist.

He explains that “there does appear to be other factors contributing to female pattern loss not found in men.

“Unfortunately, we do not know what it is, but clearly there are other factors at play.

“This is why Propecia (a pill to block and lower DHT production in men ) is 70 percent effective and approved for use in men, but is not approved for effective hair loss doctors’ prevention in females, even at twice the normal dose; not to mention that it can cause birth defects in women who use it while pregnant during the first trimester of gestation in a male fetus.”

Propecia goes by the generic name of finasteride.

Of course, from a visible standpoint, female pattern baldness differs from male pattern baldness.

For some women, the first area to begin thinning is the part on the top middle or side of their head–wherever they prefer to wear a part.

Brushing the hair back so that it’s partless will mask this. However, this can then reveal — if not at that point, then eventually — thinning at the temples.

As time marches on, the pattern baldness in women takes on the form of diffuse hair loss, even though the part and temples may seem to show it most prominently.

In men, as we all know,  make pattern baldness as it advances takes on that classic horseshoe pattern — after beginning with the proverbial shiny bald spot on the top back of the head.

Hair loss in women is often caused by mechanical means.

Avoiding mechanical insults to the hair root can go a tremendous way at preventing “balding.”

If  you like ponytails, here are tips on how to prevent hair loss.

Dr. Dorin of True & Dorin provides creative hair loss solutions, including advanced hair transplant techniques and the latest in regrowth technology, to ensure that his clients achieve their desired results.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  


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