I’m a 45 yr old woman who has been slowly losing my hair over the past 20 years. Currently, I have the typical female baldness (not completely bald, but lots of scalp showing through) just past the hairline. Blood tests revealed no thyroid issues, but I’m well on my way to menopause as far as hormone levels. I’m healthy as far as diet and exercise, have normal stressors in life, take no meds. There is no history of female baldness in the family, but my mother has always had thin, fine hair. I’m about ready to go the transplant route, but keep reading that it could be hormonal or vitamin based. My ob/gyn and dermatologist are both at a loss to explain it as other than bad luck. How do I know for sure if I’ve exhausted every avenue before resorting to transplants?
You must have the complete work-up of tests (see Female Hair Loss for info) and then get a good, caring, competent, and ethical doctor who understands when a transplant can help and what it will do for you. Setting realistic expectations is critical. Woman’s hair loss is very different than men’s hair loss with regard to the judgments and artistic distribution for transplantation. I use the metaphor that it is easier to make grass grow on an empty lot, than it is to make a green lawn even greener. Bald men scalps are like the ’empty lot’ , so any hair artfully placed and distributed is easily appreciated. Women are more like the green lawn and making it greener is difficult as expectations may not relate to the reality of what the transplant will bring. That is why a choice in the correct hair transplant surgeon is so critical. You must be confident that the surgeon is going to give you transplants because it will help you, not just to put money in his/her pocket. Like all industries, the axion: ‘Let the Buyer Beware’, prevails.