More and more women are becoming aware of hair transplantation as a viable option for treating thinning hair, or even for regrowing hair where bald spots have developed.
While hair transplants for women are performed in exactly the same way as hair transplants for men, the procedure is actually more complicated from a physician’s standpoint because women have more risk factors that can complicate their results.
Women’s skin is much more sensitive than men’s. Women are more prone to allergies and often require specific medical treatments after their transplant is complete.
Both women and men can benefit from hair transplantation using the follicular unit grafting (FUG) method. It involves extracting a number of follicular units, each comprising from one to three hairs. While unusual, it is possible for a single follicular unit to hold up to five hairs.
Generally, different sizes of follicular graft units are used in hair transplant for women. This helps create the most natural hairline and growth pattern. A single hair from the graft is placed along the front hairline, and graft units of two, three, and four hairs are placed behind it to create density, a placement that mimics the natural growth pattern in most people.
Reasons for Hair Loss
Female hair loss can result from a variety of causes. Aside from female pattern hair loss, which causes an overall thinning of the hair over time, there is anagen hair loss, an interruption of the hair’s natural grown cycle caused by medications like anti-cancer drugs. Women may also experience telogen hair loss, caused by too many hair follicles going into their dormant phase at the same time and failing to replace hair that is shed as part of the hair’s normal growth cycle. Telogen hair loss can be caused by physical or emotional stress, pregnancy, menopause, or health problems like anemia or abnormal blood pressure. Telogen hair loss is often resolved when the underlying issue is resolved.
Reasons for Consulting a Doctor
It is best to consult health professionals who can give you advice and provide treatment for your hair loss. If you're a woman affected by a hair loss issue, seek advice from a hair restoration physician who can make a clinically assessment about the cause of your hair loss. Keep in mind that women’s hair restoration surgery will not provide an improvement. The transplanted hairs need time to progress through the hair’s natural growth cycle before noticeable results are achieved.
Female hair restoration procedures are not complicated from a patient standpoint. Medications can control pain and swelling, and are usually administered for the first three days after surgery. Pain medication also relieves any discomfort that might be caused by stitches at the donor site.
Contact Dr. Glenn Charles today at artashairtransplant.org for a complimentary consultation and discover the options you have to address your hair loss.