Men and women share many similarities and also many differences across all aspects of life, and that includes the subject of hair loss. While both men and women suffer from hair loss the way they are affected and treated can be different. Today we will take a look at how hair loss differs between the sexes as well as how the hair loss treatments differ.
Hair Loss Similarities Between Men and Women
In both men and women, the most common cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness. With this type of hair loss the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) causes the hairs on the top of the head to fall out and the follicles to stop producing hair. This is where the similarities end, because the source of DHT and its effects are different, depending on your sex.
Hair Loss Differences Between Men and Women
For males, the DHT hormone comes from the conversion of testosterone, while the source of DHT in females is the conversion of estrogen. This difference means that the effects are different and the treatment approach also needs to be different.
Male Pattern Baldness- For men's hair this type of hair loss usually begins in their 30s. In men, the pattern of hair loss starts with the front hairline receding. Men will begin to see thinning and eventual baldness in the temporal area, followed by the front center. As the hair continues to thin the front hairline will creep further and further back. During the next phase, the hair at the crown starts to thin. As the hair loss progresses the balding areas in front and at the crown will meet in the middle leaving the entire top of the head bald. Because the hair follicles along the sides and back of the head are resistant to DHT those areas typically remain thick and healthy. These are the areas that follicles are harvested from for hair transplant procedures.
Female Pattern Baldness- Women usually hold onto their hair 10-15 years longer than men with the majority of female pattern baldness occurring in postmenopausal women. The pattern of hair loss is also different for women and is more diffuse with no receding hairline. Women typically start to lose hair in the middle of the head that then spreads toward the ears on each side. Women may first notice their part getting wider and more sparse, and this widens and thins even more as their hair loss advances. Although not as common, some women might experience hair loss from the front hairline before noticing it advancing to their part. In the advanced stages, some women may experience hair loss along the sides of their heads as well.
Hair Loss Treatments For Men
Dermal Lens Hair Replacement For Men- This is hands down the best and most natural-looking non-surgical hair replacement option for men available anywhere. Because it is done with top-quality human hair it blends undetectably with your own hair, and there is absolutely no at-home maintenance.
Advanced FUT Hair Transplant- This is a minimally invasive hair transplant procedure performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. This virtually painless procedure is performed in a single day. A strip of follicles is harvested from the donor area of your scalp and grafts are implanted into the balding areas so that your thin or bald spots fill in with your own naturally growing hair over the following weeks.
Neograft FUE Hair Transplant- This is the most advanced and minimally invasive FUR hair transplant method available. It leaves no linear scar in the donor area so it’s perfect for those that like to wear their hair very short.
Hair Loss Treatments For Women
There have been many advancements in hair replacement and restoration options available to women in recent years. Some that you may consider and discuss with your hair loss professional are:
HRI’s Dermal Lens Hair Replacement For Women- A custom hair replacement system that integrates 100% natural human hair into your existing, growing hair so that it moves and grows with you for a completely natural look 24/7.
MEP-90 Laser Female Hair Loss Treatment- The first FDA-approved medical device for noninvasive treatment of androgenic alopecia in women that produced a 20-50+% increase in hair counts for 97% of participants in clinical trials.
Follea European Hair Wigs- These exclusive wigs are made with the highest quality Follea European hair for the most comfortable and natural result possible to instantly transform your look to a full, healthy-looking head of hair.
Treatments For Both
While some treatments are specific to men or women, most are suitable for either. The difference lies in how they are performed. Some hair loss treatments that both men and women can benefit from are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments, Low-Level Laser Light Therapy (LLHT), Scalp Micropigmentation, and Medical Hair Transplants. Which treatment is right for you will be determined by your type and degree of hair loss and your hair restoration goals
The caring hair loss professionals here at the Hair Restoration Institute are well-trained and equipped to help both men and women manage their hair loss and restore their hair in a way that works best for each person’s individual needs and lifestyle. We will discuss your hair loss concerns in a discreet and private appointment where we will assess your overall health, your degree of hair loss, your concerns about hair restoration, and your hair restoration goals. Then we will create a customized hair restoration plan to meet your unique needs. You can find us at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call 817-854-HAIR (4247) for a discreet and complimentary consultation.