The most common cause of hair loss in both males and females is hereditary hair loss, caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone. Also known as male-pattern baldness, female-pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, it affects more than 90% of males and 40% of females.
Males who experience hair loss will typically lose it from the top of their head, leaving a horseshoe shape around the back and sides of the head. These areas, where the hair remains, become the donor sites. This hair displays ‘donor dominance’, it is programmed genetically to not fall out. Even when transplanted, these hair follicles will be stable and should grow as well at the recipient site as they did in their original location. Females usually demonstrate a more diffuse thinning of their hair over the entire scalp. This is a lot more difficult to treat with transplant as the remaining hair is weaker and if these follicles are transplanted they are unlikely to be stable enough to continue growing.
Therefore, women are less likely to make suitable candidates for hair transplants. However, if you are female and are concerned about hair loss, please visit our clinic to discuss other options, including laser therapy, micropigmentation and PRP.
Other forms of hair loss include non-hormonal traction alopecia (caused by a regular pulling force on the hair strands), hair loss at any sites of surgical incision, and trauma-induced hair loss (caused for example, by burns, scarring or chemicals). If you have experienced any of these you may benefit from hair transplantation, so speak to our experts today.
Dr Fadi is also adept at facial hair transplantations; enhancing eyebrows, sideburns, mustaches and beards as required.