Alopecia: Baldness Explained

Alopecia, or baldness, is a common condition that affects an estimated 2/3rds of all men around the world. Women suffer with alopecia too, though in lower numbers (estimated 20-30 million).

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss, or baldness. The term alopecia is used by hair loss professionals to describe several types of hair loss that may occur in concentrated areas, which is referred to as androgenetic alopecia. Alopecia may also occur throughout the entire body. This type of hair loss is referred to as alopecia universalis. In other instances, an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata can cause baldness and hair loss.

Signs of Baldness from Alopecia

Alopecia and baldness can be easy to detect, if you know what to look for. It’s important to note that baldness appears differently in men than it does in women. Male pattern baldness, for example, is usually characterized by 7 progressive stages.

Learn more about male pattern baldness. To learn more, visit this article on Norwood Classification for male pattern baldness.

For women, alopecia (pattern baldness) tends to occur in a more diffuse manner. For women, female pattern baldness is characterized by 3 progressive stages. This stages are explained by the Ludwig Scale, a chart that hair loss physicians use to identify what stage of baldness a woman is in, and how the condition can best be treated.

Learn about female pattern baldness. To learn more, visit this article on Ludwig Classification and female pattern baldness.

Expert Alopecia Diagnosis

Get an expert diagnosis on alopecia. Baldness affects an estimated two-thirds of all adult males and at least 20-30 million females globally. Rest assured, you are not alone in your struggles with balding or thinning hair.

Visit the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.