Hair loss affects many individuals and is often caused by age and genetics. Pattern baldness is most often associated with men, but the condition can affect women too. It is estimated that female hair loss affects about 50 percent of women at some point in their lives, and it is particularly common after the age of 40.
Bald spots or thinning hair are often a source of insecurity and can make women feel self-conscious, which can have a negative effect on their overall confidence. Our clinic offers a variety of trusted and effective hair restoration procedures to reverse the effects of female hair loss. We tailor our approach to the needs of each patient to reduce the appearance of balding and help women regain their confidence.
At Flawless Hair Restoration, we are committed to providing customised care and information to help you make a decision that is right for you. Book an obligation-free consultation at $150, which is fully redeemable if you proceed with treatment. At your consult, we will:
- Discuss your concerns and stage of hair loss
- Explain your surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options
- Provide expert-level advice and a personalised treatment plan
Causes of female hair loss
Hair loss in women can be caused by a variety of factors and is often passed down through genetics. The most common kind of female hair loss is the same type experienced by men, known as pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia. In addition to genetics, causes of hair thinning or balding in females include:
- Alopecia areata
- Cancer treatments
- Illness or stress
- Iron deficiency
Hair loss can also be caused by some hairstyles. If your hair is often tied back, the frequent pulling can loosen the hair at the root and cause the hair to fall out. A discussion with one of our experienced professionals will help determine the possible causes of your hair loss and the best approach to treatment.
Whilst men experience hair loss at the hairline and top of the head, women with androgenetic alopecia usually see the beginnings of hair loss at the part line. This thinning often progresses gradually from the top of the head to other areas. Although pattern baldness can affect both men and women, it is rare for women to have receding hairlines or to go completely bald.
Using the Ludwig Classification, clinicians categorise the severity of female hair loss into three categories. The first category, type one, is mild hair loss that can be easily hidden by hair styling. The second type is more moderate hair loss characterised by noticeable thinning and widening of the parting line. Type three refers to more severe thinning, with the scalp being visible underneath the hair at the top of the head. Signs of hair loss can include:
- The emergence of bald spots
- Losing clumps of hair
- Overall thinning
- Widening of the part line
- Full-body hair loss
Transplants for female hair loss
Hair transplants are the most common remedy for female hair loss and have been widely used to improve people’s self-esteem and confidence. Our transplant procedures use sophisticated FUE technology to achieve a high rate of patient satisfaction.
FUE stands for follicular unit extraction and refers to the process of extracting hair follicles individually from the scalp. Micro-incisions are made with the specialised extraction device to collect specific follicular units for grafting. Once enough units have been collected using the device, the hairs are re-implanted into the scalp in the area that is balding or thinning. This process uses the already existing hairs on your head to fill bald patches and restore volume to areas where it is needed.
Hair transplants are not always suited to everyone, and for this reason, a consultation will be needed to establish whether you are a suitable candidate. Generally, ideal candidates are patients who do not have medical conditions that would interfere with the procedure. They also have adequate hair volume in the donor site (usually the back of the head) to be used for grafting.
What to expect
A hair transplant is considered minimally invasive, which means hairs can be transplanted without major incisions or scarring. It can be performed in one day under a local anaesthetic. The process will not be painful and most patients experience a quick recovery time. The procedure is a three-step process:
1. Extraction: A device will be used to individually extract hairs from the scalp using micro-incisions.
2. Harvesting: The clinician will collect enough hair follicle units for transplantation. The number of grafts will vary depending on the individual patient and their preferences.
3. Implantation: The grafts will be implanted into the thinning area of the scalp to restore volume with a natural appearance.
Things to consider
Whilst recovery times after FUE hair transplants are usually quick, it is common to experience some mild redness, swelling, and sensitivity in the days afterwards. Pain medication may be prescribed to help manage any discomfort and aid in a smooth recovery. These symptoms should subside within 10 days.
As hair takes time to grow, your results may not be noticeable until some months after the procedure. The transplanted hair will begin to shed after a month or so, and new hair will begin growing after about four months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is female hair loss common?
Although balding is usually associated with men, female hair loss is very common. About half of the female population experiences noticeable hair loss at some point throughout their lives.
How much daily hair loss is normal?
Everyone loses between 50 and 100 strands of hair every day. It is normal to notice strands of hair in your hairbrush or shower drain, and this is not an indication of balding. However, if you start to notice hair coming out in clumps, this could be a sign of more significant hair loss.
Am I a good candidate for a hair transplant?
Good candidates for hair transplants are usually physically healthy and are seeking a relatively non-invasive method of covering bald spots or thinning areas. A consultation before your procedure will help determine if you are a good candidate and the best approach for your specific condition.
Do I need to take time off afterwards?
Some patients may want to take time off work after their procedure, but most can return to their normal daily activities immediately.