Hair transplant procedures are a common hair restoration treatment for men, and many women wonder if it’s also a viable option for them. Women can indeed undergo hair transplants, but the procedure tends to be more tricky for females than it is for males.
Depending on what type of hair loss you’re experiencing, a female hair transplant may not be the best option. To find out if you’re a good candidate, consult with an experienced hair transplant physician.
Realistic Hair Restoration Expectations for Women
Many women struggling with baldness have what is known as diffuse hair loss, which causes thinning of hair experienced in all areas of the scalp.
The popular Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair restoration procedures typically performed for male pattern baldness rely on large donor areas on the back and sides of the head. We remove hair grafts from these sites because they usually have an abundance of permanent hair roots. Unfortunately, those with diffuse female pattern hair loss are not good candidates for a hair transplant because their donor area is not adequate for the procedure.
Even those who are good candidates for female hair transplants should have realistic expectations. Most women expect their hair to be as thick as it was when they were children, but such a goal may not be possible to achieve. Your surgeon will discuss options with you that could optimize your surgery’s results, including:
- More than one hair transplant procedure to increase hair density
- Selecting the most important areas that you would like restored
- Focusing on restoring the hairline or areas where you part your hair
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Female Hair Transplant Surgery?
Women generally undergo hair transplant surgery for two different types of hair loss — a high hairline and female pattern baldness. A variety of women’s hair loss issues are treatable with a female hair transplant. Good candidates include those with:
- Elevated hairlines: This congenital issue makes some women believe their facial features look less feminine.
- Female pattern baldness: The most common form of female hair loss, this condition causes women to lose hair on the front and top of their head. However, most preserve hair on the back and sides of their scalp.
- Scarring alopecia: A condition caused by trauma that leaves a scar where hair no longer grows is called scarring alopecia.
- Traction alopecia: Hair loss that’s the result of hairstyles that require intense pulling, such as tight ponytails, braids and dreads, is called traction alopecia.
- Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is a psychological condition where patients feel an uncontrollable urge to pull hair from their scalp and other areas of their body, which results in bald patches.
Make a Consultation for a Female Hair Transplant Today
If you’re not sure if you make a good candidate for female hair transplant surgery, contact the specialists at Feller and Bloxham Hair Transplantation, located in Great Neck, NY. Our practice is dedicated exclusively to hair restoration procedures, and we can help you determine the best one for you.
To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call (516) 487-3797.