Do All Women with Hair Loss Actually Qualify for a Hair Transplant?
- Asked 2 years ago
It appears that hair loss transplants are easier for men than for women. What are the reasons? What would be a reason that a woman would not qualify? Age? taking certain medications?
Hair transplant in women
Women can certainly be candidates for hair transplantation but there are some factors that make it very important to individually assess a woman interested in the procedure.
In most men, a diagnosis of hereditary thinning is obvious from the pattern of hair loss and duration. In women, the typical pattern of hair loss in hereditary thinning can be mimicked by other conditions such as telogen effluvium and alopecia areata (which would not do well with hair transplantation). In other words, it is a bit more difficult but very important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of hair loss in women to determine if hair transplantation is likely to be successful.
Other issues in women include the fact that having "some" hair is a desirable outcome in men. Thin hair in women is considered less acceptable by many and female patients may not be happy with the increased density that comes from a transplant - they may really wish to have their full head of hair back (not possible with transplanting).
Other things for women to consider include:
1. The density even after transplantation will likely not be the same as in youth and that particularly in women interested in restoration of their original look, this can lead to less than complete satisfaction with the results. In essence, women with fairly large areas of thinning cannot be transplanted with any significant density over the entire affected area with available donor hair.
2. The most satisfied female patients are those with relatively circumscribed areas of hair thinning that can be happy with some thickening especially behind the hairline to minimize the appearance of scalp being visible.
3. Depending on the diagnosis, women may have ongoing hair loss. If this is so, then there is also increased likelihood of that further hair loss detracting from the effect of the transplantation. Analogy: If you add water to the bathtub but the drain is open, you may not notice the extra water you've added.
Depending on the case, in women who do have a hair transplant, we discuss the need for further transplantation after any initial session either for more density or to balance any ongoing hair loss which is possible because of the underlying diagnosis.
Having said this, I'd emphasize the importance of the consultation to establish the diagnosis and reasonable expectations for the results. I'd also point out that many female patients can be very happy with hair transplantation if they carefully consider the issues above.
Women and Hair Transplant
Not all women qualify for hair transplant, nor do all men, for that matter. To undergo hair transplant you must have enough donor hair to supply a satisfactory result. Women with excessive scalp thinning may become candidates for body hair transplant. Other disqualifiers are anesthesia allergies, blood clotting abnormalities, and scarring tendency.
Prior to ever undergoing hair transplant, women should be evaluated by a dermatologist for treatable causes of hair loss, such as thyroid disease and anemia.
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Most are good candidates
Of the women that I see in consultation, about 80% are good candidates for hair transplant, only 20% of the women may not have sufficient acceptable donor site for at least one small session of 800-1200FuE (grafts).
Acceptable donor is hair that is judged to be permanent and that lies in the area of the scalp considered to be the donor area for males.
Although many of the women we see have more then one such session available in their donor area,if even one procedure is carried out in well-chosen cosmetically important area, they can achieve a very satisfying cosmetic result.
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Hair loss and hair transplants for women
The most common reason for hair loss in women is thyroid disease or another medical disorder. Only a limited percent of women are candidates for hair transplant. The good candidates have a strong family history of male pattern baldness and tend to be bald on top with thick excellent donor hair in back. If a person has diffuse, thin hair everywhere they are not a good candidate. About 15% of my hair transplant patients are women but they must be good candidates.
Hair Transplant in Women
In general, women do not follow the same predictable hair loss tendencies as men do and often have different causes of hair loss then men. If a patient has diffuse thinning then it can be hard to find areas to take the hair from that aren't noticeable. However, more and more there are creative ways to get around these issues to get great, very natural results. Good luck!
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Women's Hair Loss and Hair Transplants in Women
Women experience hair loss for a number of reasons including genetics, hormones, medications, stress, pregnancy, illness, etc. The difference, however, is that men experience mainly pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), which produces a more predictable hair-loss pattern remedied with hair transplant surgery and prevented by well described medications. One requirement of hair transplant surgery is an adequate donor region from which follicular grafts can be taken for transplant into balding regions. Men with male pattern baldness generally start losing the hair on the top of their head first, so there is typically an adequate donor region on the back, bottom half of their scalps for donor follicle harvest.
Whether or not a woman qualifies for hair transplant surgery depends on the cause of her hair loss. Since there are multiple causes in women, the correct diagnosis must be made before transplant surgery can be considered. In some instances, women experience temporary hair loss due to hormones or medications or a condition called alopecia areata. This temporary hair loss frequently regrows so no surgery is necessary. Good donor density is also crucial for success in hair transplantations in women. I would suggest going to see a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss and hair restoration to first determine the reason for hair loss and then determine the most appropriate treatment method, which may or may not include hair transplant surgery.
Do All Women with Hair Loss Actually Qualify for a Hair Transplant?
No actually. A defined area of loss is the best situation for results. Generalized thinning is not the best situation for transplants. Also, active autoimmune hair loss is no indication for transplants.
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Do all women with hairloss qualify for a hair transplant?
Not all women with hairloss qualify for a hair transplant, but many do. The most important factor with hairloss in women is to determine the cause. Women are goog candidates when they have hairloss in certain areas and not diffusely. A full consultation with a hair transplant surgeon will help determine your best options.
Hair transplants for women.
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