Losing hair is tough for men, but for women, it may become a disaster, because hair is a part of their personality and identity. For this reason, when they start to notice excessive hair on their combs, they begin to panic. Most women think that hair transplants are done only for men, but a hair transplant is not a gender-specific surgery and carried out in both men and women.
Hair transplantation is successfully carried out in Female Pattern Alopecia (FPA), and the number of females looking for hair restoration surgery is on the rise. In societies, it is “normal” to see male hair loss. Men may not like it, but male pattern hair loss is somehow “usual.” Most men will have a degree of hair loss by a certain age. But, female hair loss is not as socially “acceptable,” they feel “uncomfortable” and may feel depressed.
Not widely discussed, but the incidence of Female Pattern Alopecia (FPA) is higher than we do realize. The report was published recently by Norwood states, that FPA is higher than we think. The report states that as high as 30% of females over the age of 30 have some degree of FPA. Some reports claim even higher numbers when female patients carefully examined. We do not notice FPA in most of the women because generally, females are very good at hiding alopecia and thining with hairstyle, haircare, and hairpieces.
WOMEN PATTERN HAIR LOSS
The difference between Female Pattern Alopecia (Hairloss) (FPA) and Male Pattern Alopecia (Hairloss) (MPA) is that in FPA hairline is usually not affected; instead, we have diffuse thinning in the central scalp starting behind the hairline row. There are two established pioneers in the field of FPA – Ludwig, and Olsen. The first designed a scale for FPA, and hair loss classified into Ludwig Type 1, 2, 3 with severity gradually worsening as we move in a range from 1 to 3. The latter – Olsen, described a “Christmas tree” pattern of female hair loss.
“Ludwig and Olsen chart”
Compared to males, females have some critical aspects that we need to take into consideration before deciding if they are suitable for surgery. Number one is that females are prone to other etiologies of hair loss; it may be secondary to some other diseases. For example, if you suspect/see any signs or symptoms of an endocrine, metabolic, or dermatological cause, we should investigate, diagnose, and treat it first. We should also not forget temporary hair loss that may be compromised by emotional or physical stress, which causes telogen effluvium. But most of the time, females looking for hair transplantation have no apparent cause of female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia).
So, what are scenarios or cases when hair transplantation is an option for females?
⦁ Female pattern alopecia, that is unresponsive to standard treatment regimens.
⦁ Scarring alopecia for at least twelve months, that shows no improvement.
⦁ Alopecia caused by trauma, burns or surgery
⦁ Traction alopecia
Another reason we quite commonly found in female patients is genetically high hairlines that give the appearance of a broad forehead. The broad forehead may be the result of a brow lift or heredity. Women who have high hairline feel uncomfortable styling their hair up or back; for this reason, they often wear hair bandages. A hair transplant is an excellent solution to lower the hairline.
The other point of consideration is that females are more susceptible to postoperative complications like “shock hair loss” or “telogen effluvium” of existing natural hair, which is in the recipient area. Postoperative shock hair loss occurs when pre-existing natural hair is triggered to go into a resting (telogen) phase by the local stressors of surgery. Men may have it 10%-20% of the time, while in females, it occurs more frequently, almost 30%-50% of the time. In general, this shock loss is temporary, occurring about 2-3 months after surgery and resolving in about 4-6 months. However, in some situations, it does not resolve, leading to a less dense result. Women need to know about this before surgery.
WOMEN HAIR TRANSPLANT AT ACTUAL HAIR CLINIC
We have carried out Women Hair Transplant (WHT) at Actual Hair Clinic for many patients from all over the world and reached satisfactory results.
At Actual Hair Clinic, we do promise rational and realistic outcomes to our patients. We do not give false hopes and falsify the number of grafts and the results of our patients. Our main advantage is that we do extensive planning of the area we are going to work on – head, back of the head, face, and forehead assessed thoroughly. We examine hair follicles, and procedure accurately planned, the approximate number of grafts calculated with their area of distribution. The patient is informed about all possible consequences understandably, so he or she has a clear idea about all the aspects and outcomes of the surgery.
We also give patients briefs before surgery, after the surgery, and on control or wash day. The total number of submissions is 3. In these briefs, we inform the patients about the transplant basics, some terminology, after the transplant care, the time-lapse after the transplant. We do it thoroughly, so the patients feel comfortable and safe. Our patients continue to get online support from a professional and trustworthy team, and they don’t feel deceived and disappointed even after the transplant performed.
At Actual Hair Clinics, the surgeries performed and directly supervised by our physician who has long-standing experience in this field and modern device and approaches used for the treatment. All patients informed in detail about the entire WHT process based on realistic plans.