Hair Transplant for Women Vs. Men?

How is a hair transplant procedure different for women than for men? Is it basically the same surgery?


Doctor Answers 8

Hair transplants

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

A hair transplant is the same for a woman or a man. The techniques have been standardized but doctor from around the world

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Hair transplant surgery is basically the same for men and women

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
Hair transplant surgery is basically the same for men and women.  However, the donor hair quality and being able to address the different types of hair loss is what makes the process different.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Hair Restoration: Calculating How Many Grafts You’ll Need

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

The follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure is the same for both men and women but there are different nuances of hair placement and density. Men usually experience classic pattern baldness, better known as male pattern baldness. Hair loss typically begins above both temples, followed by a receding hairline and crown loss. Women typically experience female pattern baldness in which hair thins over the entire head. The differences in hair loss and thinning between sexes also result in varying numbers for total grafts needed for a transplant.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Hair Transplant for Women versus Men

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

It is essentially the same operation.  The donor site is in the back of the head and the technique is identical.  The only difference may be where the hair is placed based on different hair patterns of hair loss between men and women. 

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

How is a hair transplant different for a man versus a woman

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
I frequently perform hairline lowering procedures for women with high hairlines and no hair loss. I use a quick, sophisticated one stage hairline lowering (forehead reduction) operation if the scalp conditions allow. Otherwise I will perform follicular unit hair transplants similar to what is done for men with male pattern baldness. Women who present with progressive ,diffuse thinning of scalp hair are usually not good candidates for hair transplant procedures. Those who have a male pattern to their hair loss can be treated similar to balding men; that is, to take hair from the thicker, non-balding areas and place it in the regions where it is most deficient.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon

Hair Transplants in Women vs. Men

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

In some ways it is the same, but there are special differences. In women, it is important to be more careful not to damage the existing hairs which are often quite fragile. Also, the goal with women is to moderately fill in areas of thinning, not necessarily restoring the original density.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Hair Transplants in Women

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

If a woman has traumatic hair loss or a male pattern alopecia, hair transplants can be done as they are done in men. However, most women have diffuse thinning, not pattern loss like men. See a good surgeon to do a careful examination of your scalp and decide if you are a candidate for hair transplants or the Fleming/Mayer flap.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Hair transplant the same for men and women, with certain differences based on hair loss patterns

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Men have loss on the front and top of the head-so the sides are the donor areas, since this hair is programmed not to fall out. In women the hair loss is diffuse and therefore, the question is where will the surgeon take the hair from to thicken another area. If the hair loss is traumatic (scar) that is different.

The actual procedures are the same. When women have a high hairline we do not graft this but move the hairline down. This looks much better and is cheaper.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.