If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your hair loss, you may have considered hair transplant surgery. The procedure has gained significant popularity after football star Wayne Rooney famously opened up about his own experiences.
Whilst hair transplant surgery is mainly performed on men, there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of women resorting to the treatment in the hopes of regaining a full, thick head of hair. Although hair transplant surgery is the only permanent solution to hair loss, women should approach it with caution. Why? Because women tend to lose their hair in a different way to men.
The problem with female hair transplant surgery
When men lose their hair as a result of androgenetic alopecia, it is called male pattern baldness because it tends to follow a specific pattern, with hair loss typically starting from the frontal hairline and the top of the scalp. The hair around the sides and back are usually unaffected, which means they can be used as effective donor sites for hair follicles that, once transplanted, should be permanent.
With female pattern baldness, the hair tends to become thinner all over and the frontal hairline usually stays intact. So while hair loss isn’t usually as noticeable as it is on men, the overall thinning means there isn’t a suitable donor site available. In fact, trying to take hair from thinning areas would make the hair loss appear much more prominent and there’d be no guarantee that the results would be permanent.
A hair transplant is a considerable investment of money and women are not always warned that the results can be less than satisfactory. A female hair loss expert can give you expert, impartial advice on whether a hair transplant procedure is likely to fulfil their expectations.
When might a female hair transplant be effective?
Experts predict around that 2% to 5% of women suffering from hair loss would benefit from a hair transplant. If, for example, you’re suffering from traction alopecia, you could be a good hair transplant candidate, because usually only the hair follicles in certain areas of the scalp have been damaged and it is possible to transplant healthy hair follicles from elsewhere.
Some women also suffer the same kind of hair loss pattern as men, such as a receding hairline or thinning on just the top of the scalp, while the sides and back of the scalp are unaffected. In these cases, a hair transplant could be effective.
Overall, the key to undergoing a successful hair transplant is having a good donor site available. If you’re experiencing diffuse hair thinning then a treatment such as Scalp MicroPigmentation might be a better option.