One of the many questions that individuals ask hair transplant specialists and surgeons is “Am I a good candidate for the procedure?” However, it’s not just men that are asking that question. The common misconception for many years was that restoration and transplant procedures were gender-specific. In other words, this was something for men only. Today, nothing could be further from the truth. Women can most certainly be hair transplant candidates providing they meet the criteria involved, just like with men.
Women and Hair Loss
Did you know that, 40% of all Americans who are suffering with hair loss issues today are female? Believe it or not, hair loss in women begins in their 20’s and 30’s. Sadly, by the time they notice their hair is thinning, they’ve already lost 50% or more. Here are a few more alarming facts and statistics to be aware of:
- 90% of all hair loss cases are genetic in nature
- 70% of female hair loss is stress-related
- 40% of female hair loss is attributed to menopause
- 24% of women suffering with hair loss equate the condition with losing an arm or leg
Furthermore, while stress is not good for a person’s overall health, it certainly has a great deal to do with female hair loss as well. Some of the more common stressors are:
- bad cases of the flu
- child birth
- crash dieting
- going on (or off) birth control pills
- sunburns on the scalp
- taking anti-depressant medications
- traumatic accidents
- vegan or vegetarian lifestyles
Once women reach the age of 50, most cases of hair loss that they experience is known as “senescent alopecia” or the type that naturally occurs due to the aging process.
3 Criteria for Female Hair Transplant Candidacy
It’s important to consider that hair transplant surgery is an elective procedure, meaning that it isn’t prescribed by a physician or surgeon. Consequently many insurers will not cover the costs involved. Thus, be sure you check your insurance coverage before you proceed with the procedure. A woman is likely to be a good candidate for a transplant procedure provided she meets the following 3 criteria:
- Ensure that sufficient thinning exists in the patient’s recipient areas, namely the frontal hairline and scalp areas as well as the temples, to warrant the procedure.
- The cause of the hair loss must be androgenetic alopecia and not some other form such as autoimmune, inflammatory, or scarring alopecia.
- Upon evaluation of the donor areas on the back and sides of the head, there must be sufficient density and thickness of the hair in order to proceed successfully with the procedure. Furthermore, the scalp must possess sufficient laxity or looseness.
For most women, this will help to determine whether or not they are good candidates for this type of procedure. Additionally, you can always discuss the issue with your hair restoration surgeon. They will help you understand how to go about the procedure.