Hair Replacement For Women
Many women are not aware they are candidates for hair surgery or even that their hair loss requires a thorough disease specific medical evaluation. Our culture has accepted male hair transplantation but somehow the message has not reached enough women that their hair loss can be treated. This fact is confirmed by recent research conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. In their recent studies they estimate more women are being treated for hair loss than in the past decade. In 2008, 15% of hair surgery patients were women up from 11% in 2004.
At The Lifestyle Center we recognize that our female patients require a different approach for female hair and eyebrow transplantation. Compared to men, hair loss in women manifests in different patterns and is generally more diffuse and can occur at any age. In men there is a strong genetic pattern whereas in women other underlying conditions play a role.
Female pattern balding affects the whole top of the head. It has a more diffuse pattern whereas men lose hair on the temple, the crown, the bald spot in the back. Also, the hormone and enzyme receptor sites are on different areas of the scalp -- another reason doctors now believe the loss patterns are caused by different precipitating factor. There is evidence that many other types of enzymes, and hormone receptors and blockers may be at work in women.
Who Is a Candidate for Hair or Eye Brow Restoration?
- Some women with thinning scalp hair and virtually all women with thinning eyebrows.
- A person who has lost some but not all hair as a result of burns or other scalp injuries.
- Women who want to restructure their hairline.
- Women who have suffered hair loss due to mechanical or traction alopecia (non-hormonal).
- Women who have a distinct pattern of baldness, similar to that of male pattern baldness-hairline recession, vertex thinning (on the crown or top of the scalp), and a donor area that is not affected by Androgenetic Alopecia.
- Women who suffer hair loss due to trauma, including burn victims, scarring from accidents, and chemical burns.
- Women who have had previous cosmetic or plastic surgery and are concerned about hair loss around the incision sites.
- Women diagnosed with traction alopecia or alopecia marginalis.
- Women who want to thicken or restore eyebrows.
- Women who experienced hair loss after face lifts or other cosmetic procedures.
Who Is Not a Candidate for Hair Replacement?
- Women with a diffuse, or wide-spread, pattern of hair loss.
- Those who do not have sufficient "donor" sites (hair-bearing portions of the head from which hair-bearing skin is taken).
- Women who form keloid scars or thick fibrous skin tissue that can result from trauma, burns, or radiation injury.
Hair Replacement Procedures
Hair grafting, also called hair transplant surgery, is an outpatient surgical procedure performed in a surgeon's office. Gone are the days when a hair transplant made a scalp look like a field of newly planted corn. New technology and improved surgical techniques are transforming the hair transplant industry.
The Lifestyle Center offers our community and female patients who suffer from hair loss with the industry’s premier hair loss procedure-Automated FUE using NeoGraft. Using this new technology for women who suffer with hair loss, receding hairlines or thinning eyebrows, our patients are receive excellent aesthetics results.
There are basically two types of surgical procedures available for women who want desire thicker hair or fuller eyebrows. For those women who are eligible to have surgery, the procedures available are the Strip method, and a simpler and less invasive surgical method called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
Of the two procedures, FUE is the most desirable cosmetic procedure because it does not leave a large linear scar at the back of your scalp. Compared with the Strip method, FUE is more desirable because no sutures or staples are involved, healing is less complicated, and the risk of bleeding and nerve damage is virtually non-existent. This procedure is also performed in the safety and comfort of a small outpatient office surgical setting.
Hair loss occurs in three primary types
- Localized hair Loss
- Patterned hair Loss
- Diffuse Hair Loss
Localized Hair Loss
Local hair loss occurs from scaring and non-scaring diagnoses. Alopecia Areata is a genetic condition and is the most common non-scaring etiology of hair loss. Scaring hair loss is seen in Lupus, Lichen Planus, or local radiation. Baldness from injuries, or from local medical problems that have been cured, are usually amenable to hair transplantation.
Patterned Hair Loss
Some women have a hair loss pattern similar to men. Women with male pattern loss typically have thinning in the frontal hairline and the top of the scalp, while the sides of the scalp remain relatively spared. Women with this hair loss pattern make excellent candidates for surgical restoration.
Diffuse Hair Loss
Diffuse thinning of the scalp is the most common form of female hair loss. Diffuse thinning involves a reduction in the diameter and thickness of the hair shaft. The medical term for this type of thinning is "Diffuse Un-patterned Alopecia". These women have thinning that involves the donor area so that women with this type of hair loss are generally not good candidates for surgery.
The following steps are taken before deciding to proceed with hair transplantation:
- Personal consultation to examine if you are a good candidate for hair transplantation
- Examination of the donor area to determine the how many follicular units can be obtained
- Examination of the recipient area to determine the final number of grafts needed to cover it
- Cost of the procedure