Dear Balding Blog,
First of all, trust all of you are well. Let me express my sincere thanks for this wonderful blog. Honestly, I am sure, and many would agree with me, that this is the best website for information regarding such matters. It is very simple, very informative, and very consoling.
My Question to you is regarding my Mother. Let me provide you with some background information.
My Mother is 51 Years old, She was diagnosed with Thyroid about 22 years ago. Before that she had beautiful hair. However, after her diagnosis, she began to lose her hair rapidly (starting from her hairline to the crown, until now it ended up like a norwood 6, much like in the pattern of male baldness). It is unfortunate that nothing could be done, she was in Pakistan at the time and no effort was made on the Doctors part to help quite honestly. That being said, I really want to see if a hair transplant is possible in her case. She is living in Dubai at the moment, and has been to several doctors. However, I trust your opinion above theirs. So just to summarize:
-51 year old Female
-Hair loss has been significant (almost a Norwood Class 6)
Relative to these factors, is there a chance of a hair transplant? Or any other way for a hair treatment? Possibly any other option?
I am desperate as I know she has suffered a lot because of this, and not once has she complained. I am very eager to help her.
Thank you so much for your time and effort. I am forever grateful.
Thank you for writing to us. When you call hair balding pattern a Class 6, I suspect you are talking about thinning, not complete balding. Women almost never develop complete balding. Depending on the degree of thinning, the one approach to a thinning pattern is Scalp Micropigmentation. Generally hair transplants for women are not productive if the donor supply (hair on the back and side of the head) shows significant miniaturization (this is the case in most women with female genetic balding). If a woman has hair loss pattern like Class 6 Norwood pattern balding, then she would need a good examination and a diagnosis of the hair loss cause and an assessment of the extent of balding, to include what the hair in the back and sides of the head looks like. She would also need to understand the limitation of a hair transplant surgery and realistic expectation since a hair transplant surgery does not restore all of your lost hair, and in many cases, it is not possible to achieve this goal. Women with known thyroid disease, often are not candidates for hair transplants as their donor area contains many miniaturized hairs
We really cannot give you a plan or a diagnosis for your mother on a blog. She needs to see a doctor in person, or as a start, contact us for a formal consultation. Many women are good candidates for Scalpmicropigmentation (SMP) even if they are not good candidates for hair transplants (see: www.scalpmicripigment.com)