Like younger-looking skin, hair is also an important asset which not only adds to our appearance but also increases our self-confidence.
Who doesn’t want a head full of thick hair? When we lose a major portion of our hair, hair transplantation procedure is an option to get our original appearance back.
Even though hair loss in women can be less noticeable than men, looking at it from an emotional point of view, it is much more damaging in case of women. Above 20 million women in the US are reported to suffer from the hair loss problem. There are many causes why women suffer from this problem such as:
- Child birth
- Medical treatments and diseases
- Hormonal disorders
- Lifestyle and chemical products applied on hair
If you are suffering from female pattern baldness, one of the ways to restore your hair is by going for hair transplant surgery for women. Hair transplantation has been a well-accepted concept in the field of aesthetic surgery and its techniques are steadily improving.
What is hair transplant?
It is a surgical procedure where a narrow strip of the scalp which is hair-bearing is removed usually from the back portion of your head (also called strip harvesting) and placed on the area where the hair density is less or where there is no hair at all.
Currently, there are two technical hair transplant procedures for women:
- Strip harvesting (what’s explained just above)
- Follicular unit extraction (also called FUE or grafting)
The other technique which has become more popular is called Follicular unit extraction (abbreviated as FUE or also called follicular unit transplantation or grafting).
Using this technique, a surgeon extracts follicular units one by one using a tiny punch on your scalp without damaging your skin. Once extracted, the surgeon places those follicles to balding/thinning areas of the scalp. Major benefits of FUE hair transplant include no stapling or stitching and faster healing process.
The procedure may take around 4 to 8 hours. This procedure is in practice in the US since 1950s and in the recent years women consist of about one third of the total transplant patients.
How does hair transplant work for women? Is it effective?
If you are wondering whether hair transplant surgery for women works or not, it really depends on your hair loss type. If your hair loss/thinning is concentrated in a specific area (like male baldness pattern), then it can increase the chances of success.
But if you have a diffused hair loss pattern (which is the case for the majority of females ) spread throughout your head, you might want to reconsider the surgery.
According to the American Hair Loss Association website, only 2 – 5% of women benefit from hair transplant surgery. It states that “women in hair loss are more concerned about the loss of volume from the top and back. Hair transplants don’t do much to increase volume. It just moves hair from one place to another.”
However, women hair transplant results can be positive if due to:
- Non-hormonal hair loss
- Women who suffer from baldness similar to male baldness
- Hair loss due to burns, scarring, trauma
Hair transplant trends
Overall demand of hair transplantation has steadily increased since the last 20 years including both men and women. Especially, the popularity of the FUE hair transplant procedure has been exponentially increasing compared to strip-harvesting.
How much does women hair transplant cost?
Everyone knows what important role hair plays in our life, because it effects your physical appearance. This is a major reason why most people take a risk in making a huge investment in this procedure.
Be it men or women hair transplant cost it generally depends on the quantity of hair to be transplanted. So the general cost that you can expect for hair transplantation ranges from $4,000 – $15,000.
What are the side effects of hair transplantation?
It is understandable that side effects are an important concern for everyone.
According to Wikipedia, temporary hair thinning is a common side effect as well as bald patches. Other big concern people often talk about is permanent scaring, especially if you opted for the strip-harvesting technique.
If you are considering hair transplant, make sure to consult at least several doctors before making any final decision.
Surgery sounds scary to me to be honest. I prefer scalp massage to stimulate hair growth than operation. Thank you for the useful info!