Female pattern baldness is the primary cause of hair loss in women. But it has many symptoms in common with other conditions, such as chronic telogen effluvium and alopecia areata, so it can be tricky to diagnose. The Ludwig Scale helps hair loss specialists diagnose and suggest treatments for women experiencing female pattern hair loss.
The Ludwig Scale was proposed in 1977 to classify the progression of female androgenetic alopecia. Like the Norwood Scale for male pattern baldness, the Ludwig Scale remains one of the most popular female pattern baldness classification charts in modern trichology.
According to the Ludwig Scale, female pattern baldness advances in 3 distinct stages. People with this condition usually see diffuse hair loss that starts along the hair parting and spreads evenly across the scalp. Hair is usually retained around the sides, back, and front of the head.
While female pattern baldness is permanent, non-surgical treatments like Minoxidil have been shown to promote hair growth in women experiencing female pattern hair loss. These tend to be more effective in the early stages of hair loss. They’re also suitable as a supplementary treatment after FUE hair transplant treatment.
If your hair loss progresses beyond the early stages, your Hair Transplant Doctor may recommend a hair transplant. Hair transplants are becoming increasingly popular with women, as they offer a permanent, natural-looking solution for those experiencing advanced hair loss. Learn more about hair transplants for women, including costs, success rates, and how to choose the right clinic.
Hair loss is a frustrating problem for millions of men and women. Factors such as diet, stress, and medications can lead to hair loss but genes can also play an important role in male pattern baldness.
The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Contact us now to get free consultation from our Hair Transplant Specialist Doctor.