Since the early eighties, I’ve been transplanting female patients and have found them to be very satisfied patients. With the advancements in microsurgery, women have taken a renewed interest in the procedure. We estimate that 20 percent of the female population in North America, or 20 million women, suffers from hair thinning.
Hair transplantation for hairline reconstruction is gaining popularity among women with hair thinning, high hairlines and those who have undergone cosmetic facial procedures which can alter the hairline, such as face and forehead lifts. While male hairline patterns have been described in the medical literature, these parameters, when applied to women, do not achieve appropriate facial framing and a “feminine” look.
Finasteride, which is the generic name for Propecia, has been approved for the treatment of Male Pattern Hair Loss since 1998. Finasteride works by inhibiting the enzyme ,5 alpha reductase type II, that forms DHT. There has been a lot of interest by both patients and physicians in dutasteride, which is a drug that inhibits both type I and type II 5 alpha reductase enzyme.