Hair Loss and Hair Restoration in Women

Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2020 May;28(2):205-223. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2020.01.007.


Hair restoration in women involves mastering both the medical and the surgical treatment. Preoperatively, women should be thoroughly evaluated for biochemical causes of hair loss along with a complete history and physical examination taken. The physician must recognize the clinical presentation of scarring alopecias and maintain a low threshold for biopsy to rule out this condition. Postoperative hair shock loss is a common feature following hair transplant in women, and the surgeon should understand the preoperative counseling and preventative measures needed, the intraoperative methods to reduce the incidence, and the postoperative strategies to handle the situation.

Keywords: Female hair loss; Female hair restoration; Hair transplant; Minoxidil; Women.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / drug therapy
  • Alopecia / etiology*
  • Alopecia / surgery
  • Alopecia / therapy*
  • Biopsy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Eyebrows / transplantation
  • Female
  • Hair / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Preoperative Care
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin Transplantation / methods*
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting