Should Women Try Hair Transplant Surgery?

People associate balding with men and that is not surprising as most western men do go bald sooner or later. Most men actually hate going bald. Some take to brushing their hair in a different fashion, having it cut short or even shaved off altogether or they wear a hat. Increasingly, men are seeing balding as a natural process over which they have no control and just get on with their lives. This is a step in the correct direction.

However, women go bald as well, or at least they can do. Traditionally western women care more about their looks than their men folk do and so women can take it very badly when or if they begin losing their hair. Some women take to wearing a wig and others try a hair transplant.

The problem is that men and women lose their hair for different reasons and hair transplants favour the reasons for men’s baldness over women’s.

Distinctive male baldness is called ‘male pattern baldness’ and everybody knows men whom it has affected. It means that men lose hair first at the front, a receding hairline, and then on the top; leaving a band of hair running around three sides of the head. The three lower sides in fact have healthy, growing, self-replicating follicles.

It is this hair that is used if a man goes for a hair transplant – healthy hair and it has to do with testosterone, the male hormone, as oestrogen is the female hormone.

Female baldness tends to affect the whole of the head at the same time, which means that there is not a crop of healthy hair follicles from which to transplant hair to other regions of the head. This makes most women inappropriate clients for a hair transplant.

Fortunately for women up to about retirement age, baldness only affects a small percentage of them unless it is through illness or the cure of an illness. On the other hand, just about 5% of women are good candidates for a hair transplant. Women who have lost their hair through using rollers for a long period of time, usually have a couple of patches of good hair left that can be utilized for transplanting.

Other women who have a decent chance of a successful hair transplant are those who have a kind of male pattern baldness and those who have lost hair due to damage surrounding areas of surgery. Those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, will often experience a full or near full recovery after the chemo sessions are complete.

The easiest option for older women is to wear a wig. It is not perfect, naturally, but it does restore some confidence to those who could not otherwise go out without hair. Other options are hats, scarves and turbans, jus like many women wore in the Twenties and Thirties.

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on a number of subjects, but is now involved with the stages of ovarian cancer. If you would like to know more, please visit our web site at Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

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