Hair transplant for women are possible, and available, contrary to popular belief that hair transplants are for men only. Hair is not the domain of only men; women, men, children, and old people can all suffer from hair loss.
In 2014, more than 15% of hair transplants were performed on women according to the data provided by International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHS). This data indicates the number of hair transplants performed by ISHS only, and not all hair restoration clinics or surgeons are a member of ISHS – therefore the number can be higher when we look at the global data, and yet it is perhaps representative of the percentage of hair transplant for women in the total number of hair transplants performed. (These numbers are higher in the UK where women take up 1/3 of the whole number of hair transplant patients)
There are a few reasons behind this number being smaller than the number of hair transplants performed on men. First of all, men experience hair loss more frequently than women. Second of all, hair transplant is good for hair loss that can be rectified via it, and not all hair loss types are suitable for a hair transplant surgery.
The number of women who undergo hair transplant surgeries have increased, and is expected to increase more. This is because women are becoming more proactive in their lives, and seeking solutions for their hair loss. Also, hair transplant operations are very improved in their techniques with the use of robotic devices, and FUE procedures, and those who see such good results in others, consider getting a hair transplant themselves.
Here is an important information: those with diffuse hair loss, which is common in female patients, are often not suitable for hair transplant surgery because it will not be effective. Hair transplant surgery works on the principle that the hair on the back and the sides of the scalp are genetically resistant to hair loss/the effects of testosterone. If you have genetic male pattern baldness, you might have noticed that your hair on the back of your scalp does not fall out excessively as it does in the frontal areas of your scalp.
In a hair transplant, the hair resistant to hair loss is removed from the back of the scalp, and transplanted to the balding area. If you are a woman who has diffuse hair loss, this means that your hair falls out from all areas of your scalp – so it is an overall hair loss. It is very likely that the hair on the back of your scalp falls out unlike in the male pattern baldness where the hair in the donor area are not prone to loss. If you undergo hair transplant surgery, there is no guarantee that the hair extracted from the back of your scalp and transplanted to the balding sites will never fall. In diffuse hair loss type, all hair can fall out.
If you are a woman who:
- Has hair loss in the incision sites of previously undergone surgeries such as cosmetic surgeries,
- Has a male pattern baldness, and you have hair in your donor area (the back and sides of your scalp),
- Has burn marks, other marks on your scalp,
- Have traction alopecia or similar hair loss, alopecia marginalis, mechanical hair loss that has occurred due to wrong hair styles, pulling, tight hairdos, etc.,
- Whose hair loss is not due to hormones,
You might be suitable for getting a hair transplant.
Hair transplant for women is not possible in all cases of hair loss, and yet when it is possible, it is a straightforward procedure as the hair transplants in men, and gives undetectable and great results. It is only a dermatologist, and other specialists who can diagnose your hair loss, and treat it – in some cases the hair loss in women is temporary. It can be due to malnutrition or other reasons. In that case, your doctor will treat the symptoms, and you will not need to worry about a hair transplant. If your hair loss is not suitable to get a hair transplant but it is permanent, then your doctor can discuss other medical or cosmetic solutions with you.