Hair loss (balding) in women
Hair loss is common in women. Its severity and incidence increase with age. Most loss occurs after menopause. There are several causes of hair loss in women, and these need evaluation prior to undergoing any treatment.
Many studies have documented the psychological effects of hair loss on women.
Most hair loss in women is known as female pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia.
Using the Ludwig Classification to Diagnose & Treat Female Hair Loss
- The Ludwig Classification separates female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) into 1 of 3 unique stages, referred to as the Ludwig Scale. By classifying hair loss according to severity, the Ludwig Scale helps patients and physicians better understand the three major factors important in the diagnosis and treatment of female hair loss:
- Degree to which hair has already been lost.
- The potential for additional hair loss in the future.
- The best treatment options.
The Ludwig Scale
The Ludwig Scale uses 3 different classification types to diagnose the severity of female hair loss. These Types include Type I, Type II, and Type III.
Type I. In this stage, hair loss is considered mild. Most women may have difficulty noticing that hair loss has occurred. The frontal hairline remains relatively unaffected. Hair loss may occur on the top and front of the scalp. Such hair loss may be noticeable when the hair is parted down the center of the scalp, as more and more scalp will become visible over time. Depending on the severity, the ALMI (adipose derived stem cell procedure) may be a viable option for women who exhibit a Type I classification.
Type II. Type II hair loss is considered moderate. In this stage, women may notice : thinning, shedding, general decrease in volume, and a center part that continues to widen over time. Depending on the severity, the ALMI (adipose derived stem cell procedure) may be a viable option for women who exhibit a Type II classification.
Type III. Type III is the final and most extreme classification of female hair loss. In this stage, hair is so thin that it has difficulty camouflaging the scalp, rendering it visible to the naked eye. This may be worsened by: progressive thinning, miniaturization of existing hair follicles, and extensive loss.