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LIVE24SEVEN // Business Spotlight AS K THE DOC TOR - E LAT E HEALTH C L INI C


Female Pattern Balding: A psychological Journey


Do you have a medical question for Dr Max?


Dr Max will be doing a regular ‘Question & Answer’ feature in Live 24-Seven. Should you have any medical questions related to dermatology, cosmetics or aesthetics treatments, hair or psychological wellbeing, please email our editor in confidence katie@live24-seven.com or email the Elate team directly at info@elatehealth.co.uk


Dr Max Malik


Dr Max and his team at Elate Health Clinic understand the importance of making the right cosmetic or aesthetic medical decision for you, they know this is not always easy. Elate believes this process is emotional and not just physical.


Did you know women can suffer from hair loss much in the same way as men? Did you know it can affect approximately 50% of women in the UK at some point in their lives? Although the causes for female hair loss can vary greatly, the loss can be temporary as well as permanent.


One of our readers has kindly sent in a series of questions on female pattern balding and so Dr Malik and his team at Elate Hair Clinic thought it would be useful to focus this month’s article specifically on this emotionally charged topic which can often result in significant trauma for the woman affected….


“I was interested to read the article in the July issue of your magazine by Elate. Being a woman in my fifties I have suffered for some time with thinning hair and though I have tried products available on the high street, nothing seems to work.


I have visited salons that supposedly help women with thinning hair and unfortunately have never found anyone to help with the problem, could you please ask Elate to explain why this happens with some women, is it related to repeated colouring of the hair, hormones or as with some men – some people are just pre-disposed to suffering with this condition?


What help is available and what is the process involved in restoration, whilst there are many men including football players that have been in the news having undergone transplants etc. you see very little in the way of results for women and it is worrying that some of the men who have undergone transplants still end up bald”


Ms J, Worcestershire


Ms J’s story is not dissimilar to many we hear from our female patients. The hair loss industry is worth over £2 Billion a year. It is an intense market place and not all treatments will offer you the results you want or expect. Hair loss occurs when the hair follicle gradually shrinks which results in shorter and finer hair. The pattern of thinning is different to male pattern baldness:


In female pattern, balding, the hair gets thinner and finer on the crown or top of the scalp and begins to widen through the centre hair part; this is sometimes referred to as the ‘Christmas Tree’ pattern of balding and is classified using the Ludwig Classification of female hair loss. The hairline is usually not affected, except for normal recession, which happens to everyone as they age. The hair loss does not result in almost or total baldness, as it does in men.


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