Hair implants for women and its alternatives
Hair transplants have lately become a very popular procedure. While most clients in hair clinics are men, women can also be good candidates for hair restoration surgery. However, since the causes of hair loss usually differ between men and women, not every female will qualify for a hair transplant.
Hair is one of the most important elements of one’s appearance. No wonder that in the UK alone the women spend approximately £40000 on hair care in a lifetime. Hair implants for women can be a great investment and improve your hair quality in the long term. However, in many cases of female hair loss, they will not yield a desirable result, so other treatment methods should be taken into consideration.
How are male and female hair loss different ?
First of all, men make the best candidates for hair restoration as they mostly experience balding patches on the centre of the head, while the sides and the nape of the neck remain covered with hair. The hair in these ‘donor’ areas are resistant to DHT, a hormone that triggers hair loss. That means that it will have a high survival rate on the recipient area after being transplanted.
However, the women suffering from pattern baldness do not have DHT-resistant areas on the head.
Female hair loss follows a different pattern usually starting in the middle of the head and then spreading towards the ears. Hence, hair implants for women have a lower chance of setting successfully in the recipient area. In the end, the whole procedure may well be done in vain.
Most women experience diffuse hair fall, meaning that the hair sheds relatively evenly from the whole scalp surface. In this case, female hair transplants will also be unsuccessful due to an inadequate supply of donor hair. Since the hair loss pattern is more spread out, more hair will be needed to fill up the thinning area.
Who can undergo hair implants for women ?
Women with the following hair loss types will benefit greatly from a hair implant :
- Distinct hair loss pattern that resembles male pattern baldness, e.g. hair thinning on the top of the scalp;
- Scarring alopecia, i.e. hair loss following a trauma, e.g. burns and scars from an accident;
- Traction alopecia, i.e. hair loss caused by hair pulling and tight hairstyles like braids and ponytails;
- High or uneven hairline who want to correct it for aesthetic purposes;
- Hair loss after plastic surgery/facelift;
- Transgender women who wish to have a feminine hairline and hair growth direction;
- Women suffering from trichotillomania, i.e. the condition that causes the urge to pull out hair from the scalp or other body areas. Here, the patient needs to undergo psychological therapy first. However, if hair loss remains or if the follicles have been damaged by pulling, a hair transplant can be a great second-step treatment.
Eyebrow transplantation for women
At Elithairtransplant, we can also provide you with an eyebrow hair transplantation. Here is where most of our clients are women. Permanent makeup and overplucking can permanently damage the eyebrow hair follicles, which is a very common problem among the members of the fair sex. With an FUE eyebrow implant, you can restore your full and expressive browline.
What are the alternatives to hair implants for women ?
Hair implants for women should not be the first resort for female patients with hair loss. First, the physician needs to examine you to rule out medical conditions that have hair fall as their symptom.
Besides, a microscopic hair evaluation will show the degree of hair thinning and how much it is spread across the scalp surface. Women with a high degree of diffuse hair loss are advised against undergoing a hair transplant.
A certain number of female patients in hair clinics do not suffer from hair loss, thus they have a high donor supply. For them, the goal is to correct congenital defects, i.e. a too high hairline. If this is the case, a hair transplant as cosmetic surgery can yield the desired result.
Treatment methods for female hair loss
- If the reason for hair loss lies in hormones, only medication treatment and lifestyle changes will be effective. The primary cause should be tackled here, i.e. the patient must aim to restore the healthy hormone levels.
- Another solution for those with thinning hair is Minoxidil, sold under the brand name Rogaine. Even though it is mostly known as a hair loss remedy for men, it can be as effective for women too. Minoxidil promotes hair growth by increasing the blood flow to the follicles, extending the anagen phase (or the phase of active hair growth) and shortening the ‘shedding’ phase. Please note that minoxidil is not an option to go for if your hair loss is preconditioned by nutrient deficiencies or by the use of other medications.
- In androgenetic alopecia, you may want to consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment. Here, the patient’s own blood sample is drawn, processed in a centrifuge and separated into platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the scalp. The platelets are the components of blood that contain proteins and growth factors and act as healing agents. The platelet-rich plasma repairs damaged hair follicles and facilitates hair growth.
- If you experience excessive hair shedding due to nutrient deficiencies, adjusting your diet and taking supplements is the right way to go. Often hair loss is triggered by iron, zinc or B-group vitamins deficiencies, however, a comprehensive blood test must be carried out to find the optimal treatment.
Proper hair care
- And, probably the most basic thing to do, no matter what the cause of your hair loss is, is to have a healthy hair routine. Brush your hair carefully and do not wear hairdos that are too tight. Minimise the use of heat styling and let your hair dry naturally. Use high-quality haircare products rich with plant-based components that are gentle to your hair, e.g. Dr Balwi’s haircare line. His shampoo and hairspray are effective at facilitating the blood flow to the follicles, making your hair shiny without drying it out.
Conclusion: how to address female hair loss in the right way
Hair loss is a common problem both among men and women. Hair implants have firmly established themselves as a reliable hair restoration treatment with a high success rate. However, since the nature and the causes of hair loss are, in most cases, different between the two sexes, female patients are rarely good candidates for hair transplantation.
In turn, they should consider other strategies to improve the quality of hair, such as applying Minoxidil, taking dietary supplements, undergoing a PRP treatment and using gentle cosmetic products that can boost hair growth. Gladly, the options are abundant and you will most likely find an effective way to regain the full head of hair.
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