Understanding and management of female pattern alopecia

Facial Plast Surg. 2008 Nov;24(4):414-27. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1102905. Epub 2008 Nov 25.


Female pattern hair loss is devastating to many of the 21 million U.S. women who suffer from it. It is essential to differentiate female pattern hair loss from other types of hair loss to ensure appropriate treatment. Through use of follicular units, follicular families, and follicular pairing between existing hair follicles, natural-looking results can be achieved in women. Hair transplants create the benefit of increasing density and providing options for hair styling and can be combined with medications, devices, and styling aids such as minoxidil, low-level laser therapy, and topical powder makeup, respectively.

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / diagnosis
  • Alopecia / surgery*
  • Female
  • Hair Follicle / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Scalp / surgery*
  • Skin Transplantation / methods*
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting / methods*
  • Transplantation, Autologous