Hair loss and transplants for women

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This article will discuss Hair Transplants and Hair Restoration in women.

Although women lose their hair for a variety of reasons, most of the time it is due to changing hormones. Sometimes this hair loss is temporary. Hair loss may occur after giving birth to a child or starting or stopping the use of birth control. Severe emotional stress and major illnesses (and their treatments, such as undergoing chemotherapy for cancer) are also common culprits when it comes to women losing hair temporarily. Women suffering from temporary hair loss are not good candidates for Tampa Hair Transplants, as the procedure is unnecessary in the long term. A dermatologist or a clinician at our Tampa Hair Restoration facility can evaluate your records to see whether the hair loss is temporary or permanent and then recommend an individual treatment plan.

The most common cause of permanent hair loss in women is when hair follicles process androgens abnormally. This may cause levels of these hormones to spike in and near the scalp, as well as other side effects related to hair loss. The reasons for these hormonal abnormalities are yet to be fully understood. However, research shows that this permanent hair loss tendency appears to be inherited.

Approximately 10% of women eventually develop female pattern hair loss. This differs from men in that the frontal hairline remains largely intact, and the distribution of loss happens throughout the whole scalp. The most affected areas are typically the vertex, crown, and upper sides of the head. Since this loss pattern may diverge greatly from that of the typical balding man, these hair restoration treatments, such as hair transplants, are designed specifically to meet the challenges of a woman’s scalp.

Female hair transplants

In general, Hair Transplantation procedures require patients to be put under a local anesthesia, as hairs are removed from donor areas of the scalp and placed into recipient areas. Patients with severe permanent hair loss require several procedures involving the transfer of hundreds of hair follicles. Although the primary donor areas on men and women are virtually identical, women often have a harder time finding sufficient donor hair on the occipital region and other areas where donor hair is abundant on men. As women’s hair loss is more generalized about the scalp, donor hair is limited. As such, any women coming to the Tampa Hair Transplant center are made aware of these potential limitations and are encouraged to be selective in the areas they ultimately choose to treat.

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