Hair loss (alopecia) can greatly impact a person’s self-image and confidence and affects as many as 50 million people in the United States. Hair loss is different in men and women and thus requires different treatment approaches. It is typically caused by hormonal imbalances, but can also be caused by other medical conditions such as thyroid problems, physical trauma, stress, and certain medications.
Depending on the reason behind a patient’s thinning hair, a compounding pharmacist can create a medication containing any of the following:
- Azelaic acid
- Saw palmetto
- Zinc sulfate
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is commonly known as “male pattern baldness” and is a result of hormone imbalances. This type of hair loss is responsible for approximately 95% of all male alopecia cases. Hair loss is more common in men than women, and over 65% of men over 35 experience some form of balding. By age 50, that number grows to approximately 85% of the male population. While this may seem like a problem related to aging, nearly 25% of men who suffer from hair loss begin so before they are 21.
Female pattern hair loss is also a form of androgenetic alopecia (AGA) but differs in that the thinning occurs more diffusely across the scalp rather than in one particular area. While AGA is not as common in women, it still affects over 30% of the female population at some point in their lives. In postmenopausal women, that number climbs to over 65%. Women are also generally more affected by their hair loss because it is considered less socially acceptable. For female pattern hair loss, doctors use the Ludwig Classification to describe the severity.
- Type I – minimal thinning that can be camouflaged by styling the hair
- Type II – moderate thinning wherein hair volume is decreased, and part becomes visibly wider
- Type III – significant, diffuse thinning and the scalp becomes easily visible
No matter the cause or stage of a patient’s thinning hair, Progress Pharmacy can help create a personalized medication to slow or stop hair loss, and in some cases even help the patient regrow their hair. For more information on hair loss or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (561) 720-2676.