Does Hair Transplant work for Female Pattern Baldness?

Shaji, Hair Transplant consultant at Nu Cosmetic Clinic, talks about hair transplant for female pattern baldness.

He says he has been contacted by many people who want to know if hair transplant actually works for female pattern baldness. He has tried to answer this question and clarify many other queries that people may have about hair transplant, in the video mentioned above.

This is what he has to say…

“While hair transplant is very popular among men who have lost hair due to male pattern baldness, rarely do women go for it. To understand why this is so, it is important to find out how female pattern baldness differs from male pattern baldness.”

One of the main causes for hair loss in women is Female pattern baldness. This occurs when the hair follicles start shrinking over time. With this, the hair becomes finer and shorter, resulting in overall hair thinning. Eventually, these follicles stop producing new hair. However, since the follicles don’t really die, it is possible to stimulate hair growth if the right method is followed.

Female pattern baldness can be caused due to aging, changes in hormone levels and hereditary factors. When compared to male pattern baldness, hair thinning takes a completely different route in case of female pattern baldness. Hair starts thinning at the top or crown of the scalp. Slowly, it starts widening along the center of your hair line. Frontal hairline however remains unaffected unless one goes through normal recession of hair. As opposed to men, females do not lose their hair completely. There will not be any skin sores or itching.

Before you get treated for female pattern baldness, it is important to rule out certain causes. For this, your doctor may examine:

  • The pattern or appearance of your hair loss
  • Your medical history
  • Your Hormone levels
  • Abnormal hair growth if any on your face or between your belly button and pubic area
  • presence of any new acne
  • Skin disorders if any
  • enlargement of clitoris or changes in menstrual periods

Your doctor may take a careful look at your hair using a microscope to understand if there are any problems with the structure of your hair shaft.

The Treatment options for hair loss in case of female pattern baldness are many. There are medications like Minoxidil which is FDA approved to treat hair loss in women. You only have to apply this on to your scalp. Although it may slow down or stop hair loss, it may or may not result in hair growth for everyone. Also, hair loss may start again if you stop using the medication. In case Minoxidil doesn’t work your doctor may prescribe other types of medications.

An assured method to stimulate hair growth in case of female pattern baldness is hair transplant. However, I feel that it is very important to check the hair growth in the donor area (back of the head) of the patient using a microscope, before starting treatment. If the hair growth is thick and if the hair follicles are healthy enough, excellent results can be assured through hair transplant.

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