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Hair Transplants for Women

Hair loss and hair restoration for women

Hair restoration surgery is considered a pretty good option for nearly 90% of men who are suffering from thinning hair or baldness, but what about women? When one thinks about a person losing their hair, a man usually springs to mind. If a women is seen with little or no hair, the assumption is that she has had chemotherapy, but women can lose their hair the same as men but unfortunately women generally do not make good candidates for hair transplant procedures.

The simple fact is that very few women have the type of hair loss that makes them a good candidate for hair transplants. A lot of women tend to have what is referred to as 'diffuse hair loss', which is an overall thinning of the hair in all areas of the head, including the sides and back. Men tend to suffer thinning on top, leaving the back and sides growing as thick and as fast as they always did. Because the backs and sides of a mans head are rarely affected by such hair loss, these areas can act as good donor sites for a hair transplant procedure. All is not lost though for women, it isn't a done deal that women just can't have successful hair transplant surgery, some can.

Some women do make good candidates for hair transplant surgery

Experts in the field have stated that there is a very small percentage of women who can make good candidates for hair transplant surgery. About 2% to 5% of women who have experienced hair loss can benefit from a hair transplant. They are:

  • Women who have lost varying amounts of hair due to non hormonal mechanical or traction alopecia.
  • Women who have experienced a distinct pattern of baldness, similar to that of male pattern baldness. This would include hairline recession, thinning on the crown or top of the scalp, known as vertex thinning, and a donor area that has not been affected by androgenetic alopecia, also known as also known as androgenetic alopecia, alopecia androgenetica or male pattern baldness.
  • Women who have had previous cosmetic or plastic surgery and are concerned about hair loss that is located around the incision sites.
  • Women who suffered hair loss due to a trauma. This includes burn victims and women who have suffered scarring from accidents and chemical burns.
  • Women with alopecia marginalis, a condition that looks very similar to traction alopecia.

Thinning hair and hair transplants on men and women

People tend to lose their hair for various reasons. Certain illnesses and medication such as chemotherapy to treat cancer can cause varying degrees of hair loss. Hair loss can also be inherited from a parent. Often, hair starts to thin out because it is fine in texture, or because far too many harsh chemicals have been used on it over the years for colouring purposes and this can cause the hair to break easily. There are quite a few hair care tips to help protect your hair, prevent further hair loss, and add some volume to your existing hair.

On a mans head, the donor sites that could be used for a hair transplant procedure are called stable sites, which means that the hair and follicles in those areas are not affected by the dihydrotestosterone that shrinks hair follicles elsewhere on the head. This is the situation in those with androgenetic alopecia, or what's more commonly called male pattern baldness.

A women who is suffering from female pattern baldness, these donor areas are usually quite unstable. They are thinning, just like the other areas of the head. The donor areas in women are affected by follicle killing dihydrotestosterone. That means that if you try to remove hair and the accompanying follicles from these donor areas in women and transplant them to other areas, it will just fall out. Any hair transplant practitioner who would attempt to transplant hair from an unstable donor site is probably acting in an unethical manner and may simply be trying to take economic advantage of the patient.

Another clear difference between male and female pattern baldness is the frontal hairline. Unlike men, women with hair loss tend to keep their frontal hairline. They don't have to worry about needing a hair transplant to frame their face and are instead more concerned about the loss of volume from the top and back. Hair transplants, though, don't do much to increase volume. It just moves hair from one place to another. Should your hair be thinning, try not to get stressed about the situation, call us at the Hair Clinic and we can discuss what can be done to help.

All consultations and check-ups at The Hair Clinic are FREE.

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Further Information

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