Hair Restoration For Women: Is It Different?

Both men and women can lose their hair, but women tend to lose it far less frequently. While many men are good candidates for hair restoration, it can be far more difficult for women. A woman is going to need to have a consultation with a doctor before they can really weigh their options.

The Different Types of Balding

There are two types of balding. One type balds in a pattern, such as a receding hairline or a bald spot. Men usually have this type of balding. Another type of balding is a general thinning of hair all over the head. This is an unstable pattern of balding. Women usually have this type of balding.

What makes men excellent candidates for hair restoration is that hair can be moved from stable sites to balding sites. What makes it harder for women is that all the sites are unstable, so it's much harder to locate stable hair. The hair roots themselves are unstable, so transplanting them won't help.

When Women Are Candidates for Surgical Restoration

Women can be candidates for surgical restoration if they happen to have stable hair on their head: hair with strong roots. A specialist will need to look at a woman's scalp to determine whether she is a good candidate. 

Recovering from Surgical Restoration

If a woman is a good candidate for surgical restoration, she won't experience anything more than a male candidate would during the process of recovery. Recovering from hair restoration can take some time, as the spots need to heal—but otherwise, it's a fairly easy recovery. 

Other Restoration Options

Since women often can't go through surgical hair restoration, they can go opt for medical treatment. There are medical treatments that are intended to inhibit the hair-killing chemicals in one's scalp, while also improving upon hair-growing hormones. Whether these work really depend on the cause of hair loss.

For women, genetic baldness is less common. Instead, baldness is often linked to hormone levels and other physical problems. Sometimes the hair loss process can be reversed by something as simple as resolving the underlying issue. This may require going to an endocrinologist. 

Since there are more things that a woman needs to consider, it's important that a woman consults with a doctor about hair restoration options as soon as possible. A hair graft may be possible if they have the right type of hair loss; otherwise, they may need other options.