Thinning Hair? Here’s What You Need To Know About Female Hair Replacement

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Hair transplants have been so successful in the field of hair restoration they managed to dismantle the stigma around male cosmetic surgery. Thousands of men broke the shell of toxic masculinity to restore their youth and confidence. Being the most convenient method of hair restoration, it is currently the most sought-after remedy for the age-old dilemma that is hair loss. While most men make for suitable candidates for hair transplantation, the situation is a lot more complicated for women. Around 2% of female hair loss cases, deem their sufferers’ eligible candidates for hair transplants.

Below we will discuss all categories of thinning hair and  hair loss and divide them into groups of hair transplant treatable or not.

Hair loss that can be reversed with hair transplants

For hair transplants to be effective, the state of hair loss needs to be stable, follows a particular pattern, and not widespread. Since hair transplants rely on stable hair-loss resistant follicular units to be the donor regions from which hair is extracted and relocated to areas of hair loss, both traction alopecia and traumatic alopecia are conditions that hair transplants can reverse. Traction alopecia and traumatic alopecia both affect limited areas of the scalp. In addition, hair loss in both conditions often the cause of an injury or repeated stress that eventually terminates once the injury or habit is abandoned. In other words, the pattern of baldness is predictable. To learn more about hair transplants, book an online consultation session with a reputable treatment center such as the Vera Clinic.

Hair loss that hair transplants cannot reverse

Androgenic alopecia in men makes the patients who suffer from it, suitable candidates. Ironically the same condition in women robs their candidacy. The secret is that in men, androgenic alopecia follows a particular pattern. In women, however, the condition follows a diffuse pattern that makes it hard to locate suitable donor regions.

Another category of hair loss that hair transplants cannot treat is alopecia aerate.  Alopecia aerate is a condition that stems from an autoimmune disorder. With an autoimmune disorder, the body’s immune system attacks its own cells including follicular units. However, the attacks are not standard, as a result, the condition lacks the element of predictability. Thus, making patients who suffer from the condition not illegible for hair transplants.

In addition to androgenic alopecia and alopecia aerate, Alopecia Universalism is a condition that cannot be reversed with hair transplants. Alopecia Universalism is complete hair loss all over the body that depletes donor regions. Consequently, patients who suffer from alopecia Universalism do not make for suitable candidates for hair loss.

In summary

For hair transplants to be effective, the cause of hair loss needs to follow two conditions.  Those are predictability of hair loss and sufficient donor regions. Since androgenic alopecia in women is diffuse rather than predictable, it cannot be reversed with hair transplants. Similarly, with alopecia aerate, hair loss lacks the elements of predictability and the stability of donor regions, the two most essential factors for the success of the surgery. On the contrary, hair loss from traction alopecia and traumatic alopecia can be restored with hair transplantation.