Hair loss and balding are mainly associated with men, and it is almost dismissed that women can also suffer from conditions that lead to the same traumatic results, with far fewer suitable treatment options available. Unfortunately, the sad fact cannot be ignored that hair loss is becoming more common in women today than ever previously recorded.
Hair loss in women can often be caused by stress, or a hormonal imbalance. Other types of hair loss can be brought on from a chemical burn, or an after-effect from undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Regardless of the reason, the topic of solutions for women’s hair loss is rarely touched upon, and even more rarely does the subject of female hair transplants come up.
Considerations for female patients
Despite this, hair transplants for woman are entirely possible under the right conditions, and the same set of rules are applied as with men’s hair restoration surgery. For anyone, male or female, to be a suitable candidate for a hair transplant, they need to have a donor (or ‘stable’) area of hair that hair can be transplanted from. Unfortunately body transplants are a very rare option, especially so in women who tend to have far less body hair.
The good news is that women tend to have thicker, more voluminous hair than men do, so hair transplants are an ideal solution for women who have only experienced hair loss in specific patches on their head, due to either alopecia, traction alopecia, chemical burns and any number of other reasons.
However, female patients suffering from diffuse thinning throughout the head do not tend to have ideal donor or ‘stable’ areas where hair can be taken from. In such cases, sufferers may be recommended to try a topical treatment instead.
When choosing a hair surgeon
Many hair surgeons do not particularly specialise in hair transplants for women, so following the rules below when searching for a reliable specialist:
1. Find out if you can meet a previous success story – don’t simply rely on online testimonials.
2. Ask to see video evidence of successful transplants in previous, real-life female clients.
3. Thoroughly check Google for online reviews and any bad press associated with your prospective hair surgeon’s name.
When it comes to surgery choices, women are presented with the same options as men for their hair transplant. The first option is a strip incision transplant, where a piece of donor skin and hair is taken from the back of the hair before being sliced into very small individual hair grafts. The second option is an FUE hair transplant, which involves removing the hair directly from the back of the head before being transplanted into the scalp. Although FUE removes the need for donor grafting, it can also require part of the head to be shaved, which is usually less of a concern for men than it is for women.