Can a woman with hair loss get hair transplants?
New technology and improved surgical techniques are transforming the hair transplant industry. Compared to men, hair loss in women manifests in different patterns, generally is more diffuse, and can occur at any age. In men, there is a strong genetic pattern, whereas in women other underlying conditions play major role in thinning of the hair. Hair loss in women is a devastating disorder that can be treated medically or surgically. For women, a thorough disease specific medical evaluation is necessary in treating hair disorders with a trained medical hair specialist. Diffuse hair loss is caused by a variety of conditions other than “hereditary balding.” A disease specific work up is important because it establishes whether hair loss treatment is managed by medical, surgical, or a combination of both treatment options.
Note also that unlike men, women typically don’t have to deal with receding hairlines. Instead, baldness in women occurs in a more diffuse manner, with uniformly thinning all over the head. In the case of female pattern baldness, the problem is more of how much hair is left on the head than where the baldness is occurring.
A small percentage of women with baldness problems can benefit from hair transplant surgery. These women tend to have areas (donor sites) in their head that have healthy hair follicles.