Women’s Hair Transplants
While hair transplants are frequently thought of as hair loss surgery technique for men, almost a third of our hair restoration patients are women. In basic terms, a hair transplant involves transposing hair from the back of the scalp (the donor site) and placing it in the front or mid portion of the scalp where the hair has fallen out. The technique of hair transplantation in women is very similar to that performed for men but there are some subtle differences as well. For example, a women’s natural hair is often more susceptible to “shock loss” if the transplant is performed too aggressively. In addition, the softer quality of the donor hair in some women will favor the use of slightly larger grafts in some patients to provide increased density yet still maintain a completely natural result. Your individual consultation will provide you with an understanding of your individual options to obtain the best possible hair restoration result.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Hair loss affects almost 40% of women at some point in their lives and can occur at nearly any age. Pattern hair loss tends to manifest differently in women than men. For example, women typically experience thinning hair in the middle of the scalp or near the front of the head, rather than complete baldness.
Though frequently genetics is the cause of hair loss, there are a number of other factors that may lead to thinning hair or hair loss, including:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
- Thyroid conditions
- Ceasing birth control medication
In addition, hairstyles such as ponytails or tight braids may place too much tension on the hair and contribute to hair loss. Certain styling tools and techniques such as flat irons, curling irons, and chemical treatments may also damage hair and lead to noticeable hair loss.
Treatment Options for Female Pattern Hair Loss
Pattern hair loss is a progressive condition, and our surgeons encourage women who are experiencing thinning hair to seek proper diagnosis and treatment from a doctor experienced in hair restoration. Female pattern hair loss can have a tremendous impact on a woman’s quality of life and it’s important for them to understand there are solutions available. With the latest hair restoration and transplantation techniques, Dr. Houssock can potentially reverse the appearance of hair loss, to create a fuller, thicker head of natural hair. She understands that a woman’s hair is often a significant part of her identity and she has helped many women reclaim their confidence with hair transplant surgery and other treatment options.
Non-Surgical Hair Restoration for Women
Depending upon the severity of the condition and the patient’s goals, our surgeon may recommend a variety of different treatment approaches before considering hair transplantation. For some women, a topical solution containing minoxidil may adequately restore lost thickness and volume. Our surgeon may also opt to suggest or combine other innovative non-surgical procedures, including state-of-the-art PRP and ACell® injection therapy and low level laser therapy, depending on the type and degree of hair loss.
Surgical Hair Transplantation for Women
Surgical hair transplant techniques and hairline lowering procedures may be the most effective or only way to create the coverage, density, and hairline some female patients desire. Based on the patient’s unique hair loss and hair restoration goals, our surgeon can develop a customized treatment plan designed to achieve optimal results. Dr. Houssock may combine a variety of techniques which may include:
- Transplantation of moderate to larger hair grafts for thickness and coverage
- Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and grafting to create a soft hair line and/or fill thinning areas
- Hairline lowering to advance the hairline forward on the scalp, and adjust the proportions of the forehead
Additionally, non-surgical treatments may be incorporated after transplantation to improve the success rate of grafts and enhance the quality of the final results.
For those interested in learning more about female hair restoration and hair transplant techniques, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many questions patients ask about hair transplants. Visit our page with frequently asked questions about hair restoration surgery for further information.View More Before & After Photos