Although thinning and balding hair is frequently attributed to men, up to 30 million women are also affected by thinning hair. In men, male hormone therapy such as Propecia ® (finesteride) may be effective in the treatment of hair loss. However, Propecia ® (finesteride) is contraindicated in women and may cause birth defects. Minoxidil (Rogaine ®) for women is the only FDA-approved medical treatment for hereditary hair loss in women.
In many cases, women may prefer to have hair transplantation for thinning hair. Hair from the “privileged” sites – areas of the head which rarely lose hair – are harvested and replanted into thinning portions of the head to achieve a fuller hairline.