Because hair loss in women isn’t as common as it is in men, and because it doesn’t follow the same genetic pattern as in men, it can come as a huge surprise and be psychologically devastating.
The pattern of hair loss in women is different from that of men. Generally they have a diffuse thinning that affects the entire scalp. Women often maintain their frontal hairlines but thin behind it. The only problem with this type of hair loss is that it usually affects the back of the head also, in the donor area. Because of this, they are generally not good surgical candidates. Women often see hair loss due to hormonal changes, medical conditions, or other external factors. Before a treatment plan can be made, these factors must be ruled out by lab tests and an examination with the doctor.
According to experts a very small percentage of women are actually candidates for hair transplant surgery, approximately 2 – 5% will benefit from this type of procedure. The only women who are potential candidates for surgical hair restoration are:
- Women who have suffered hair loss due to mechanical or traction Alopecia (non hormonal)
- Women who have had previous cosmetic or plastic surgery and are concerned about hair loss around the incision sites.
- Women who have a distinct pattern of baldness, similar to that of male pattern baldness. This includes, hairline recession, vertex thinning, and a donor area that is not affected by androgenetic Alopecia.
- Women who suffer hair loss due to trauma, including burn victims, scarring from accidents and chemical burns.
- Women with alopecia marginalis, a condition that looks very similar to traction alopecia.
Due to the lack of stability in women suffering with female pattern baldness, women generally make very poor candidates for hair transplant surgery. However, if your hair loss is caused by any of the above mentioned, then you may benefit from this procedure.