The general public believes that hair loss only affects men and is solely a male issue, but that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, an estimated 30 million women suffer from hair loss in the United States alone, the amount of women who suffer from hair loss around the world is dumbfounding. Unfortunately, the most effective hair loss medication Propecia (finasteride) is not safe for women to take. So that leaves many questioning whether women could also have a hair transplant? Well keep reading.
Female Hair Loss
Female pattern baldness (FBP), affects 1 out of 4 women. Female hair loss is much more common than one would think. While it's more common for men to lose their; women still suffer from hair loss. The majority of women experience hair loss shortly after menopause, the hormonal changes and imbalances can cause hair loss.
Generally, men experience hair loss earlier. Some men even losing all of their hair before the age of 30. Women typically do not see any hair loss until their 30's and 40's. This is when they experience hormonal imbalances and changes. The other difference between male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness is the pattern of hair loss. The majority of men experience recession, which starts at the hairline and eventually reaches the crown (vertex). Women on the other hand experience diffused thinning across the top of the scalp, but some have even larger areas of thinning.
Female Surgical Hair Restoration
There are certain challenges with restoring a females hair thorugh hair transplanation that are not common with men. First, some women do not have a stable permanent donor zone. The permanent donor zone is located on the sides and back of the scalp for men, this area is genetically immune to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the main hormone responsible for causing hair loss in men and women. Many women suffer from diffused unpatterned alopecia (DUPA). DUPA is a condition that effects the entire scalp with no specific pattern. Therefore, it is impossible for surgeons to know whether the hair they are transplanting is immune to the effects of DHT.
However, there are several women who have a distinct pattern of hair loss with a stable permanent donor zone. Women who have a stable permanent donor zone can undergo hair transplantation just like men. Unfortunately, many women wear their hair long and in order to obtain a strip of donor tissue or perform Follicular Unit Excision (FUE), the donor zone must be shaved. This is something that women must understand prior to undergoing surgery.
Dealing with hair loss can be psychologically damaging and the issue is far more complex for women experiencing androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). The good news is there is a solution. Today, surgical hair restoration is a refined procedure that when done right is undetectable to the general public. Men and women no longer have to suffer with hair loss however, it is crucial that hair transplant surgeon is skilled, experienced and has a proven track record of producing excellent patient results.
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