Most women learn about hair transplantations and justifiably get too eager to jump on the bandwagon only to discover later they are not the right candidates for hair transplantation. For men, hair transplantation is right for the majority, for women. However, the reverse is true. We are here to guide you through female hair transplantation, who are the right candidates and the alternatives.
Why aren’t all women good candidates?
First and foremost, the big question here is why female hair transplantation has a much smaller sector of candidacy compared to male hair transplantation. To answer this question, we need first to address the fact that most patients who apply for hair transplantation suffer from androgenic alopecia; this fact is what initiates the difference.
To elaborate, androgenic alopecia is hair loss caused by androgens (male hormones). In most men, this type of hair loss takes on a particular pattern. In other words, specific areas are prone to hair loss (the crown) while other areas remain intact (the sides and the back). Owing to that, the follicular units in the back of the head are resistant to androgens. Medically speaking, they are fit to relocate to bald areas as they are not susceptible to hair fall.
In contrast, the majority of female androgenic alopecia cases do not follow a particular pattern and are more diffuse. To word it differently, the androgen-resistant follicular units are scattered, making the process of choosing viable follicular units more challenging. As a result of their unpredictable functions, most female hair transplantations fail.
Candidates for female hair transplantation
1- Traction alopecia
This category of alopecia includes hair loss from styling and hair care routines. Although traction alopecia is rarely ever permanent, over repetition the damage might pass the point of recovery. Since it often affects certain areas, merely transplanting feasible follicular units to bald areas would suffice.
2- Cicatricial alopecia
In simple words, it is hair loss due to injuries and scarring. If injuries penetrate deep enough to inflict damage on follicular units hair loss is permanent. If the viable follicular units are sufficient to cover the bald areas, then the patient is eligible for hair transplantation.
3- Distinct pattern hair loss
This form of hair loss refers to androgenic alopecia. If women suffer from hair loss that comes in a stable pattern, i.e. thinning crown but resistant hair on the back and sides, they are eligible for hair transplantation.
I am not eligible for hair transplantation what can i do instead?
Seeing as hair transplantation is the only permanent solution to hair loss and the most successful, it is natural to feel a bit hopeless after finding out you do not make for a good candidate. However, you can wave your dark cloud goodbye because you still have options – and no, we do not mean pills or shampoos that you have to take daily for the rest of your life, we mean PRP therapy.
PRP treatment, or platelet-rich plasma treatment, uses growth factors found in your blood and injects them into your scalp. In hair loss, there tends to be a decrease in growth factor production, which consequently leads to hair loss. Therefore, by injecting platelet-rich plasma into your scalp, you’re boosting growth factors in the area. Eventually, and as a result of the growth factor boost, hair growth will begin.
PRP hair loss treatment is the most ideal for women with male pattern baldness for its numerous perks:
1- No side effects
Since the treatment uses one’s own cells, the risk of an autoimmune reaction is practically non-existent. Moreover, the treatment is merely an injection, there are no surgical risks. In addition, growth factors are not foreign particles to the body, so no drastic side effects accompany the treatment as opposed to alternative therapies.
2- Low maintenance
Unlike other medications, PRP hair treatment does not have to be taken daily for the rest of one’s life. On the contrary, the procedure can be performed between 1 to 8 times per year depending on the degree of hair loss. Every two sessions are spaced out by a one month period.
While hair transplantation is the, in the end, the universally preferable treatment, it is unfortunately not for all women. In order to be a candidate for hair transplantation, your hair loss should stem from styling, injuries, or in cases of androgenic alopecia your hair loss should be in a stable pattern and not diffuse.
If for a particular reason you are not fit for hair transplantation, do not get discouraged. There are treatments such as PRP hair therapy that can do wonders with triggering hair growth without being an inconvenience.
If you would like to know if you make for a good candidate for hair transplants, contact us for free virtual consultation with a medical specialist. If you would like to learn more about PRP treatment, then also contact us.