More commonly known as Male / Female Pattern Baldness is a hereditary condition inherited from both your mother and father’s side. It is the most common form of hair loss in men. The inheritance of male pattern hair loss is unpredictable and has several genes that cause the effect. The hair follicles that are genetically programmed to go bald are sensitive to the effects of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
There are obvious differences in the balding patterns between the sexes. Men tend to lose their hair in the frontal hairline, the temple areas, the crown, and the top of the head.
Women on the other hand tend to retain their frontal hairlines and any thinning that may occur often takes place in the forelock area (the area behind the frontal hairline on top of the scalp). It is rare for women to lose all the hair in any thinning area. Women typically do not have as much recession in the temples as men. By age 60, 50% of women have significant thinning in this area. Another major difference is that women may also have significant thinning in the fringe area, while most men do not.
In the specialty of surgical hair restoration men comprise more than 90% of the patients treated. However, in the last decade the number of women undergoing the procedure has increased significantly.
As in men the majority of hair loss in women is genetic in origin. Female pattern androgenetic hair loss occurs in approximately 10% of women. The onset can be as early as the late 20’s or early 30’s with steady progression most commonly accelerating with menopause. Hormonal alterations or abnormalities such as hypothyroidism, pregnancy and menopause can be associated with diffuse hair thinning. Traction alopecia, which is more common in African American women, occurs because of excessive pulling of the hair from hair weaves or hair systems. This is a slow and gradual process that often develops over a period of years.
Other Areas to Consider
Hair transplantation can be used to restore hair growth in other parts of the body. One of which is most common is the eyebrows, where we can see poor density or limited areas of coverage associated with a history of hair plucking or repeated electrolysis in the past.
These areas can include but are not limited to; eyebrows, moustache, beard, scars and burns.
Alopecia Areata the condition when the sudden loss of circular patches of hair occurs. The patches of lost hair generally enlarge and eventually the hair may back. Regrowth may take months or more than a year. Cortisone injections into the affected area will improve outcomes.
Alopecia Totalis is the loss of all facial and scalp hair.
Alopecia Universal is the complete loss of all body hair.
Traction Alopecia is the gradual loss of hair caused by pulling force.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to meet with Dr. Gillespie. Generally speaking, someone with no severe health problems or risks, who is in their mid or late-twenties or older, with thinning hair or is bald. It is important to see an established balding pattern.
Yes, because we use local anesthetic you will be able to drive. However we recommend having a ride home if you feel too tired or have taken the sedative we offer.
The length of the procedure changes based on how many grafts are needed and on the individual patient. This is a finite process that should not be rushed. One should plan to spend the better part of the day with us.