There are many, many differences between men and women. The book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” details many of these differences. In the realm of hair loss and treatment, men and women are also very different.
Let’s start with the genetics of hair loss in women. We all get one hair gene from our father and one from our mother. In a woman, if one gene is for hair loss and one isn’t, then the woman will not lose her hair. It’s only when both genes are for hair loss does a woman have genetic hair loss. This is not the case in men. In men, if they have one of each gene they will lose their hair. This is why the rates of hair loss are much lower in women.
Secondly, non-genetic causes of hair loss are more common in women. Diseases like hypothyroidism and alopecia areata can cause hair loss. In addition, traction alopecia is much more common. This type of hair loss is caused by wearing very tight ponytails or hair weaves. Some of these causes are treated with medication and some may require hair transplant.
The good news is that hair transplant is a viable option to treat genetic hair loss in women. At Look Natural Hair Restoration, we have extensive experience with female patients. Many women do not realize that hair transplant is an option for them. In general, it works the same as in men. Hair that is genetically programmed not to fall out is moved to places where the hair is thinning. Women often have wonderful results since they tend to have more available donor hair. In addition, we offer eyebrow restoration, which many women are interested in (I will discuss this in another blog). So if you are a woman with thinning hair, don’t wait any longer. Make an appointment for a free consultation today!
About the Author – Dr. Adam Saad, MD, FACS
Dr. Adam Saad is double board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
A New Jersey native, Dr. Saad received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. He graduated from Rutgers with honors and was a member of the Golden Key national honor society. He attended medical school at Drexel University where he became involved in multiple research projects and in improving surgical education.