Why Not All Women Can Have Hair Transplant?

It has long been proven that one of the viable solutions for hair loss is hair transplant surgery. But does it also hold as a reliable solution for female hair loss?

Ninety percent of the guys suffering from male pattern balding benefited from surgical hair restoration. That is why this led some women to think that hair transplant surgery is a good option for them as well. However this is not always the case.

This can be attributed to the type of hair loss that they are suffering which makes them poor candidates for the procedure.

Instead of the retrograde hair loss experienced by men, which is characterized by progressive thinning that starts from the frontal hairline up to the crown, hair loss in women tends to be more diffused. This means that thinning is experienced in all areas of the head.

Since men go bald in a more structured fashion, surgeons can easily determine the donor site. This usually covers the sides and the back. These donor sites are also regarded as stable sites, which means that the hair follicles that grow here are not affected by the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This is the hormone which is responsible for male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia.

It is from these areas where the hair grafts are taken and placed over the balding or thinning spots of the head. However, for females, what is supposed to be donor areas are often considered unstable because they are also thinning just like other spots.

This only means that if you extract hair from this supposedly donor areas and transplant them to the recipient site it will just eventually fall off.

Any doctor who would attempt this procedure knowing the characteristic of the condition would be unethical.

Another reason why hair transplant is not a good option for the ladies is because it may not be too economical for their type of hair loss. If you notice men tend to start losing their hair at the frontal hairline which creates an aesthetic problem. But women on the other hand can have their hairline intact.

Also, anyone with thinning hair but still has a dense amount of hair left is not a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery. There isn’t enough space for new hair to be inserted, and if done there is a risk that transplanted hair will push out other hairs nearby which would only prove it to be ineffective.

But surgeons also specify the type of female hair loss that can be considered for a hair transplant. But experts say that there is only less than five percent of the females suffering from hair loss that would benefit from this. It includes those who had cosmetic surgery and suffered hair loss over the incision sites, especially on the frontal hairline, women who suffered from hair loss due to trauma (e.g. burns), and those who lost their hair due to mechanical damage or traction alopecia.  Although rare, there are also some women who develop the type of hair loss where they go bald in a similar fashion as men.

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