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Female Hair Transplant
A woman should never lose her right to feel feminine especially through something that is beyond her control. We understand what a sensitive subject hair loss in women really is, and the benefits women can obtain for undergoing hair transplants. It doesn’t take a doctor to understand how restoring a woman’s hair can help restore that spring in her step and make her feel like the woman she deserves to be. However, it does take highly trained doctors like ours to do what we do, and with the level of patient care at the standard that we deliver it, we ensure that we make a personally challenging and particularly sensitive time in your life, one of comfort and one with life changing results.
Suitable candidates for Female Hair Transplant
According to experts a very small percentage of women are candidates for hair transplant surgery. About 2% to 5% of women with hair loss will benefit from this type of procedure. They are:
- Women who have suffered hair loss due to mechanical or traction alopecia (nonhormonal);
- Women who have had previous cosmetic or plastic surgery and are concerned about hair loss around the incision sites;
- Women who have a distinct pattern of baldness, similar to that of male pattern baldness. This includes hairline recession, vertex thinning (on the crown or top of the scalp), and a donor area that is not affected by androgenetic alopecia;
- Women who suffer hair loss due to trauma, including burn victims, scarring from accidents, and chemical burns;
- Women with alopecia marginalis, a condition that looks very similar to traction alopecia.
Female Hair Transplant can be highly successful and comfortable for women looking for a permanent solution for hair loss. The procedure starts with the extraction of individual hair follicles from a donor part of the body which is usually the back and the sides of the head. These individual follicles are then implanted in the recipient area.
When performing hair transplant procedures for women the basic principles remain, however, there is an important difference that should be noted. Women are able to undergo a hair transplant procedure without shaving their head completely. A small window is created in the donor area, with only this part being shaved. Thus, it is possible for the existing hair to conceal the small shaved area.
The general procedure of hair transplant surgery involves moving healthy hair follicles from one location on the scalp and transplanting them to places on the scalp, face, or body lacking hair density. Hair transplant surgery on the scalp works very well for Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) caused by hormone changes because the transplanted hair follicles are not vulnerable to hormones in the same way the follicles on the top of the head are.
Hair transplant surgery is also a great option for those with permanent hair loss due to traction alopecia. This type of hair loss is caused by frequently wearing tight or heavy hairstyles like very tight ponytails or buns, and many protective styles like braids, cornrows, and Bantu knots. The lost hair from traction alopecia can grow back naturally if given time, but hair transplant surgery is the only way to regain hair that is permanently lost. The transplanted hair will continue growing as long as the patient avoids the type of hairstyles that caused their traction alopecia originally.
- Crash dieting or poor nutrition
- Birth control pills
- Hairstyles that stress the scalp (traction alopecia)
- Extreme stress
- Iron deficiency
- Hormonal imbalances (Pregnancy and Menopause for example)
- Major surgery
- Endocrine conditions that affect thyroid function
- Systemic diseases like lumps
The evaluation of female hair loss is different than in men.
We take your hair loss seriously by performing a disease specific medical evaluation. A complete medical history is the first step in evaluating women with hair loss and this is done during your online consultation.
Diffuse hair loss is caused by a variety of conditions other than “hereditary balding.” A disease-specific work up is important because it establishes whether hair loss treatment is managed by medical, surgical, or a combination of both treatment options.
The final decision to have surgery is generally dependent upon whether your hair loss appears to have stopped, your loss is mainly at the hairline, and balding is concentrated in one or two areas.