Hair loss is a condition most often associated with men. Over the years, the advances with hair restoration have made it possible for the procedure to yield a full head of hair that is permanent and, most importantly, natural looking. Because of this, women dealing with female pattern hair loss are turning to physicians who specialize in hair restoration in an effort to achieve the same results as their male counterparts. However, hair restoration may not yield the same results for women as it does for men.

Certainly, some women may benefit from hair restoration, but only when hair loss results from certain situations. The following are hair loss conditions that allow women to potentially be good candidates for hair restoration:

  • Those Who Suffer from Certain Types of Alopecia. Traction alopecia and alopecia marginalis are conditions where hair loss occurs as a result of hair persistently being pulled too tightly into buns, ponytails, and braids. When this happens, the consistent pull on the roots can result in hair loss. Women diagnosed with traction alopecia or alopecia marginalis are often considered excellent candidates for hair restoration procedures.
  • Those Who Have Undergone Facial Surgery around the Hairline. Brow lifts, facelifts, and other facial cosmetic procedures often involve incisions along the hairline at the temple or forehead. With these procedures, there is a chance that hair in that area may fall out or thin as a result of the tightening of the skin, the trauma to the skin around the incision, and other revisions of the skin around the hairline. If this occurs, the hair loss is not due to the hormones that most often cause the condition in women but simply the other procedure, making hair restoration possible.
  • Those Who Have a Specific Pattern to Their Baldness. Women who suffer from hair loss which follows a specific pattern similar to what men face and have a donor area not affected by conditions that cause baldness may be excellent candidates for hair restoration.
  • Those Who Have Suffered Trauma to the Head. When women suffer traumatic injuries such as burns or accidents, hair loss may occur. Many of these women can benefit from hair restoration procedures primarily involving hair transplantation.

Hair Restoration Is Often Successful

Women who make good candidates can feel confident knowing that hair restoration, whether surgical or medical, is often very successful. Another advanced treatment for hair loss in women is laser hair therapy. With this treatment, low-level lasers target the scalp to stop hair loss and even start regrowth.

Unfortunately, only a percentage of women benefit from hair transplantation. For those who do, there are several options. It is essential to evaluate the hair loss as well as get a complete medical history to determine if treatment is possible and ultimately which treatment options may be the best options.