Another difference between male and female pattern baldness is the frontal hairline. Unlike men, women with hair loss tend to keep their frontal hairline. They don’t have to worry about needing a hair transplant to frame their face and are instead more concerned about the loss of volume from the top and back. Hair transplants, though, don’t do much to increase volume. It just moves hair from one place to another.
Which Women Are Good Candidates for Hair Transplant?
According to experts a very small percentage of women are candidates for hair transplant surgery. About 2% to 5% of women with hair loss will benefit from this type of procedure. They are:
● Women who have suffered hair loss due to mechanical or traction alopecia (nonhormonal).
● Women who have had previous cosmetic or plastic surgery and are concerned about hair loss around the incision sites.
● Women who have a distinct pattern of baldness, similar to that of male pattern baldness. This includes hairline recession, vertex thinning (on the crown or top of the scalp), and a donor area that is not affected by androgenetic alopecia.
● Women who suffer hair loss due to trauma, including burn victims, scarring from accidents, and chemical burns.
● Women with alopecia marginalis, a condition that looks very similar to traction alopecia.
Treatments for Thinning Hair: Do They Work?
So you’re never going to have a thick, lush head of hair again. But at least you’d like to hang on to what you’ve got. Short of a transplant, is there anything you can do to stop thinning hair?
Yes. With some treatments, you can slow down or stop hair thinning — and maybe even grow back some hair you thought was gone forever. Read on to see what works and what doesn’t.
This is the only over-the-counter medication for hair loss approved by the FDA for use by both men and women. It won’t rescue a receding hairline. It does stimulate hair growth, although scientists aren’t quite sure how it works.
Minoxidil is available as Rogaine or Theroxidil, or in generic form. It’s sold as a liquid or foam and in two strengths: 2% and 5%.