The unique challenges that women face

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Since 90 percent of balding men in the U.S. are good candidates for hair transplant surgery, many women who suffer from female hair loss assume that they, too, will make good candidates. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The truth is that many women aren’t good candidates for hair transplant surgery.

The reason for this is that many women suffer from a different type of hair loss than men. Instead of losing their hair on the top of their heads (as men do), women tend to experience an overall thinning. Men don’t typically go bald on the sides and back of their heads, so these areas can be harvested for donor hair. In a typical hair transplant surgery, hair follicles are removed from the donor areas and relocated to the top of the head. Since many women don’t have stable donor areas, the same type of procedure just isn’t possible.

Another major issue lies with the hairline. Whereas balding men almost always exhibit a receding hairline, balding women very rarely do. Hair transplant surgery is great at reshaping hairlines, but isn’t ideal for increasing hair volume. Unfortunately, increasing volume is what most women are concerned with.

Which Women Are Good Candidates?

The overall picture isn’t quite as bleak for women as we have painted above. There are some women who make great candidates for hair loss surgery. These women tend to fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Women who are losing their hair in a distinct pattern (e.g., a receding hairline, thinning at the crown of the head).
  • Women who suffer from non-hormonal hair loss (also known as traction alopecia).
  • Women who suffer from hair loss caused by burns or scarring.

If you’re a woman who thinks that she may be a good candidate for hair transplant surgery, don’t leave yourself wondering. Book a consultation appointment with a hair-loss professional in your area and find out for sure. Doing so could be the first step in changing how you look for the rest of your life.

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