Diffused Patterned Alopecia (DPA) is a type of Androgenic Alopecia affecting both men and women, characterized by diffused hair thinning in the front and at the vertex of the scalp. Unlike Male Pattern Baldness, Diffused Patterned Alopecia does not follow the hair loss patterns defined by the Norwood Scale. Diffuse Patterned Alopecia in women also does not follow the patterns defined by the Ludwig Scale. Rather, it follows a diffused pattern of hair thinning in specific areas of the scalp, including temporal region, hairline, vertex area and top of the scalp. However, like a typical androgenic alopecia case, DPA patients also preserve the stable “permanent zone” at the sides and back of the scalp. Continue reading to know more about Diffuse Patterned Alopecia (DPA) and treatment.
Just like Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) and Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), Diffuse Patterned Alopecia is also a type of hereditary hair loss that usually runs in the family. Like a typical androgenic alopecia case, the most widely accepted cause of diffused alopecia is also Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a byproduct of testosterone, male reproductive hormone. Hair loss experts believe that excessive production of androgens called DHT starts attacking hair follicles in the scalp, resulting in gradual hair thinning. But it is not the only cause. There are several other factors as well that can trigger patterned hair thinning in men and women.
Like any other type of hair loss, DPA is also a very much treatable condition. There are numerous treatments available to counter diffused hair thinning in both men and women, especially in its initial stage. The condition responds well to medical hair loss treatments.
Two most commonly recommended medications for DPA include Minoxidil and Finasteride.
The aforementioned medicines have shown promising results in treating Diffuse Patterned Alopecia, but their results are not lasting. Hair thinning returns as soon as the use of medicines is discontinued. Besides that these medicines can also cause some serious side effects in their consumers. This is the reason most people are reluctant to use Minoxidil and Finasteride.
Hair Transplant surgery is also an option for DPA patients. If you have significant diffused hair thinning and you are seeking an effective and permanent solution, go get a Hair Transplant done and restore a fuller head of lush hair. Follicular Unit Extraction technique is mostly used for transplanting hair in case of Diffuse Pattern Alopecia.
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