Hair transplants have become a realistic and very successful treatment for almost 90% of balding men, which poses the question, can the treatment be just as successful for women? Unfortunately, the type of hair loss most women experience (known as ‘diffuse hair loss’) does not make them ideal candidates for hair transplantations.
Diffuse hair loss
Diffuse hair loss generally leads to an overall thinning throughout the hair, including areas towards the sides and back – otherwise known as the donor sites for men – where hair is usually removed for transplanting towards the front of the head. These are commonly known as ‘stable sites’, and are associated mainly with male pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness is usually lacking suitable donor sites, as these areas tend to be more unstable, with signs of thinning throughout most parts of the head.
Most doctors will refuse to transplant hair from unstable donor sites, as this is deemed unethical.
Female pattern baldness
Taking a closer look at female pattern baldness, there’s another factor to take into consideration; the frontal hairline. Women suffering from hair loss do not tend to experience receding frontal hairlines, and are more worried about the lack of volume in their hair on the top and back of the head, rather than replacing hair at the front in order to frame their face (a common concern for men). The problem here is that hair transplants do not tend to increase the hair’s volume; instead, they simply move hair from one area of the head to another.
Are you an ideal candidate?
Most experts suggest that actually only a very small percentage of women are ideal candidates when it comes to hair transplant surgery, with only around 2 – 5% able to see any real benefit after this type of procedure. Below we’re going to go over the factors that can make women good candidates for surgical hair restoration:
– Women suffering from hair loss because of traction or mechanical Alopecia (in other words, non-hormonal).
– Women who have previously undergone surgery and are worried about the appearance of hair loss around the area of incision.
– Women who suffer from a very distinct pattern baldness, that is similar to the symptoms experienced with male pattern baldness, including frontal hairline recession, thinning of the crown and vertex, and a stable donor area unaffected by androgenetic Alopecia.
– Women suffering from hair loss brought on by trauma, such as scarring from an accident, chemical or heat burns.
– Women who have been diagnosed with alopecia marginalis, which displays similar symptoms to traction alopecia.
If you are experiencing hair loss caused by any of the conditions or situations above, it is very possible you could benefit from a surgical hair transplantation procedure.