I always wondered how a lower amount of grafts seems to cover such a larger area on a woman’s hairline vs. a man’s hairline. Is this due to the difference in the way the hair is placed?
I can’t speak for other hair restoration physicians but in the few females that I work with it’s not a big difference in density between men and women. I haven’t seen any women come in who are really bald (except from scarring alopecia). Plus, as I’ve posted many times, my main reservation in doing female cases is that we’ll never equal the density that you see on the women’s magazines at the checkout counter at the grocery. I hope we can get her 50% denser in the treated areas than what we started with.
As long as I feel like the female hair transplant patient and I can agree on that goal, I’m fairly comfortable with this plan. The real trouble is often there is too little donor hair or too much surface area to cover and it turns out to be a fight that I have no chance at winning. Hence, I work with only two female hair patients in a busy year.
Good question though.
Dr. William Lindsey – McLean, VA
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