Hair Transplants For Women

Hair Transplants For Women

Female hair loss – why consider a hair transplant?

Long, short, straight or wavy – your hair and how you wear it is a big part of your personality. That’s why female hair loss is such a distressing condition. You can lose confidence in your looks and even feel too embarrassed to enjoy activities like going swimming or to the gym.

Female hair loss can also be a permanent condition, and it may even get worse. Typically, you’ll experience hair loss or thinning hair over the top of your head. In these cases, hair transplant surgery to restore the hair may be the only solution.

What causes female hair loss?

It could be one or more of the following :

  • Hormonal imbalance due to pregnancy or the menopause.
  • Androgenetic alopecia – also called female-pattern baldness and usually hereditary.
  • Stress.
  • Sudden weight loss or poor diet.
  • Low iron levels.

The benefits of hair transplant surgery

Hair transplants for women are becoming increasingly popular as they deliver natural-looking, undetectable and permanent results. To find out more, book an consultation and come and talk to one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators. We’ll talk you through the process and then we’ll invite you to a free consultation with one of our hair transplant surgeons. This is where we will advise the best hair transplant option for you and the results you can realistically expect.

Before and after images

Hair Transplant Women

At your consultation with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators, you'll be able to view a selection of before and after photographs to see the results of our previous patients surgery.

Hair transplant surgery - what the procedure involves

We offer two methods of hair transplant surgery, both of which are performed using local anaesthetic. So you can leave Studio 6 hospitals the same day.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

This procedure is less invasive, leaves no scarring and can typically be completed in a morning or afternoon – known as a ‘megasession’. Your surgeon will pluck out small groupings of healthy hair (follicular units) from your head and then transplant these into the area of hair loss. The transplanted hair will then begin to grow as normal after a few months. The more follicular units transplanted, the better the result.

Micro-grafting / Micro hair transplanting

Each individual hair follicle is dissected under magnification. Fine incisions are made and planted in the area of loss. With micro-grafting your surgeon can transplant more hair within the procedure time, giving effective results faster.

Side effects, risks and complications

Whilst this procedure is carried out under local anesthetic, any surgical procedure carries the rare risk of complications. We’ll explain these to you before you book your hair transplant surgery, and you’ll find full details in our hair restoration patient guide.

The growth rate of the hair transplanted is very gradual and can take up to four months before the hair will begin to come through.

After surgery

The transplanted area may feel sore for a few days and you might want to take a few days off work whilst your scalp heals. Before you leave hospital we’ll talk to you about looking after the treated area at home and you will be advised to make a follow-up appointment to check your progress. Your surgeon may also advise on further reviews at 3, 6 and 12 months. You’ll also have our 24/7 patient helpline number to call if you’ve any worries.

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Hair transplantation is really about relocating (transplanting) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head. This process works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness, regardless of where they are relocated to.

Hair transplantation, when done right, can be so natural that even your hair stylist will not know that you've had it done. But the skill and techniques of hair transplant surgeons does vary widely, as do their results. It's important to choose the right procedure and clinic to assure that you will get completely natural results.

A typical session of between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts normally involves a full day of surgery on an out patient basis. Most patients will arrive in the morning and will have their procedure completed by late afternoon.

Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given that they feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Following surgery patients will typically feel some amount of soreness and numbness, with some mild discomfort. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort from the surgical procedure is.

The amount of grafts you will need ultimately depends on your degree of hair loss, now and in the future, and on how full you desire your hair to be.

With today’s very refined micro hair transplantation procedure the incisions are very small and less invasive than past procedures. This results in more rapid healing. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.

Immediately following surgery a patient’s recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days.

During the first few days after the surgery a person’s hair transplants will be noticeable if there is no previous hair to mask these temporary scabs. However, most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 5 to 7 days following surgery.

Once the transplanted hair grows out the results should look entirely natural, even under close examination.

Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.

Once the donor grafts are obtained, the donor area is sutured leaving only a fine line. Time and again our patients tell us that they swim, shower and have the wind blow their hair with the donor site remaining undetectable. Most patients will tell you that this area heals so well that even their hairdressers are genuinely surprised to hear that they have had a hair transplant.

Since the hair follicles that are transplanted to the balding areas are genetically resistant to going bald, they will continue to grow for a life time – just as if they had been left in the bald resistant donor area.

You can very gently wash your hair on postoperative day four and vigorously wash your hair on postoperative day seven. We ask you to avoid hair dryers and curling irons for a week following hair transplant surgery. Also at one week postoperatively, you may resume mousse, gels, and hairspray along with gentle brushing of grafts and return to regular brushing of nongrafted hair. We also request that you avoid curling irons for two weeks following hair transplant surgery.

Many patients Can return to their daily routines within 1 to 2 days, as long as they don't do anything too strenuous. Avoid rigorous exercise until the donor sutures are removed — generally after 10 to 12 days.

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