Fri 13 Jun 2014
I’m a female hair loss sufferer. I’ve tried a variety of different medications and therapies, but nothing seems to work. I’m now considering a surgical solution and wondering if I am a candidate for hair transplantation. Can females undergo hair transplant surgery?
Yes, female patients can undergo hair transplant surgery. However, female pattern hair loss (FPHL) and androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) are two very different conditions, and treating hair loss in women is often a more difficult task. Unlike male baldness, where hair sheds in patterns and leaves a viable donor region for transplantation, female hair loss is often diffuse and leaves a poor permanent donor region. This makes extraction of healthy follicular unit grafts more difficult.
Female hair loss may also be caused by a variety of complicated issues. Unlike androgenic alopecia, which is universally caused by a sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone, female hair loss can be attributed to a variety of hormonal imbalances, low blood levels, menopause, hair styling (though this is normally temporary), low iron, and other issues. Females of childbearing age are also unable to utilize finasteride (Propecia), which decreases the options for preventive medications. This means female patients must be thoroughly examined by specialized physicians (usually either endocrinologists or dermatologists) and carefully use other preventive methods before considering surgery.