Hair loss is not just a male problem – women actually make up 40% of hair loss sufferers in the USA according to the American Hair Loss Association. Men may find it tough when they start to lose their hair, but women often find it incredibly distressing, as a healthy head of hair has connotations of youth, femininity and fertility.
The First Step for Women
Androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness, is easier to distinguish in men because the hair loss will generally follow a specific sequence and occur in certain areas. Female pattern baldness is harder to diagnose because it usually presents as diffuse thinning over the whole of the scalp. As a result, it can be confused with hair loss due to a number of underlying health problems, so it is important to rule these out before you embark on treatment.
So the first step is to see your GP and seek a diagnosis. Many conditions that cause hair loss in women are potentially reversible if the appropriate procedure or medications are prescribed. However, even while you’re exploring these options or undergoing treatment, it doesn’t rule out a scalp micropigmentation treatment as it will cause no damage to existing hair follicles.
Women and Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplants are growing in popularity, as more famous names undergo the procedure and techniques and results continually improve. As a result, there has been an increase in women seeking a surgical solution to hair loss, but it’s not always the case that women make a suitable candidate for hair transplants.
This is due to the difference between female and male hair loss. As women lose hair from all over the scalp it’s not possible for the hair transplant surgeon to say with any confidence that the donor area will remain stable, so there may be limited longevity in the recipient area.
Camouflaging Hair Loss
As women we are well-versed in using cosmetic applications to enhance or conceal so scalp micropigmentation, known as SMP, is proving increasingly popular as a solution to hair loss. At HisHair Clinic we use a device to safely insert specially designed pigments into the upper layer of the dermis to disguise any areas of hair thinning.
Although it is not possible to create length, our practitioners are experienced in camouflaging and disguising a widening centre parting or recession along the hairline or creating the appearance of denser hair.
To find out if SMP can produce the appearance you’re hoping to achieve, book your free consultation at His Hair Clinic today. Read more about our upcoming open days in London and Manchester here