Female Hair Transplant

Written by Dr. Griffin

Regrow Your Hair with Natural-Looking Results in Philadelphia

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) or androgenetic alopecia occurs in about 50 percent of women and is inherited from either side of the patient’s bloodline. Hair loss may skip generations and not affect parents. However, in most cases, someone in the family can be identified with some degree of hair thinning at some point in their life. Patients who have this condition may notice hair loss from as early as their late teens, and it usually becomes worse after menopause. For women distressed by this problem, there is a solution. Despite the common misconception, hair transplants aren’t only for men. An increasing number of women are choosing to have a female hair transplant in Philadelphia at Griffin Hair Restoration to counteract hair thinning due to androgenic alopecia.

Discover the benefits of a female hair transplant in Philadelphia. Contact the Griffin Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia by calling (215) 561-9100, or submit a contact form to request a consultation and discuss restoring a thicker, fuller head of hair.

Female Pattern Hair Restoration

Female Hair Transplant Facts: What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

This condition is actually a process of progressive miniaturization of follicles, driven by an abnormal response to hormones. These shrinking follicles produce smaller hair over time. In other words, the follicle is not lost, just smaller.

In women, FPHL usually begins as a noticeable widening of the part line, with some recession of the hairline, especially in the temple area. Some women first notice that they have a thinner ponytail and are not able to style their hair the way they want. As time progresses, there is variable expression of the gene, such that there is progressive thinning mainly on top of the head at different rates of speed.

There may or may not be noticeable shedding. In some cases, there is more diffuse, subtle thinning—not only on top, but also on the sides and in the back of the scalp. Unlike men, women with pattern hair loss tend to simply notice sparser hair at the crown of the head, as opposed to a classic receding hairline or a bald area. Women typically don’t lose all of their hair, but their hair can become progressively thinner, especially when the problem is left untreated. At this stage, a female hair transplant may be the best course of action.

How is Female Pattern Hair Loss Treated?

Treatment of FPHL involves both medical and surgical approaches, including female hair transplant treatments. Unlike men, there is not a reliable oral medication for women to treat hair loss. In men, where the hormonal target is DHT (dihydrotestosterone), Finasteride is an effective oral medication for the preservation of thinning hair. No such well-defined target hormone is yet known in women, where it is thought that multiple hormones may be at play.

Aldactone is a diuretic drug with anti-androgenic effects, which is often prescribed in women and which may help to some extent in combination with topical medications like Rogaine®. Vitamin supplements like Biotin are also helpful, as are iron supplements in women who are iron deficient. Ruling out and treating underlying medical problems such as thyroid disease is also important. If these haven’t worked, you may wish to try a female hair transplant.

Real Female Hair Transplant Before & After Photos

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While medical treatments are important in maintaining and stabilizing hair loss, and in many cases markedly improving it, ultimately the most effective way to thicken the hair in women is with a female hair transplant.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Female Hair Transplant?

Considering a female hair transplant? Most women are good candidates for the procedure because they generally have mild to moderate thinning in a distinct pattern, an intact hairline, and adequate, stable donor hair in the back of the head. Specifically, ideal patients have thinning at the hairline or top of the scalp.

Beyond those suffering from androgenic alopecia, female hair transplants also work well for women who have lost hair because of traction alopecia, trauma, or accidents, as well as plastic surgery patients who want to restore hair growth on their incision site areas.

What Happens During a Female Hair Transplant?

As in men, female hair transplant surgery involves removing hair follicles from the donor area in the back of the head and transplanting or grafting them to the recipient area in the hairline and top of the head.

Harvesting from the donor area can be done using one of two female hair transplant techniques: 1) Strip harvesting, where a strip of hair-bearing scalp is removed from the back of the head and then sutured closed, or 2) follicular unit extraction (FUE), where individual follicular units are extracted using a handheld device in Dr. Griffin’s practice. Both techniques yield follicular units for transplantation. In each case, tiny incisions are made in the recipient area. Grafts containing new hair follicles are placed into these incisions.

Female Hair Transplant Results and Recovery

Women may prefer the FUE technique for a female hair transplant because, unlike the strip procedure, there is minimal pain and discomfort after the procedure. An area of the patient’s scalp is cut short, then covered with long hair after the procedure.

With the FUE female hair transplant procedure, there is no linear scar, as in the strip procedure. This approach allows for a shorter hairstyle.

Both female hair transplant techniques result in a natural appearance of the transplanted follicles. In both cases, the new follicles produce a new hair three to six months post-op. The hairs from the female hair transplant “settle in” and will continue to grow for the patient’s lifetime. More than one procedure may be necessary to completely correct the area of thinning.

Post-operatively, after either a strip procedure or an FUE, instructions are given to help in the recovery and healing of the new follicles from the female hair transplant. Scabs or crusts will form on the new grafts. These are best soaked off. Swelling, aching, and tightness may occur on the forehead and around the eyes, but this is temporary.

After a strip procedure, there are sutures to be removed, which is not the case with FUE. Avoid engaging in any vigorous exercise for several days after a female hair transplant. A week is usually required for healing, after which resumption of normal shampooing is allowed, as is normal activity. The procedure is very well tolerated.

Female Hair Transplant Follow-Up Procedures

We generally recommend at least two female hair transplant procedures for the best results, although women have the option to wait and see how the new hair looks after it is grown in. At this point, they can decide on whether they want a second transplant procedure. It’s preferable to wait at least 12 months between procedures to let the previous follicles grow in before doing the next. Although patients may never be able to restore the same amount of fullness they previously had, nor meet their exact ideal density, a female hair transplant will help to disguise any thin areas and may help them to feel more confident about their appearance.

Real Female Hair Transplant Before & After Photos

Real Patient Before & After Photos

Before and After Treatment Photos - Female Pattern Hair Restoration - 72 year old female, top view
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It is better to begin treatment earlier rather than later, though it’s never too late to do something about your hair loss. Find out more about how a female hair transplant in Philadelphia can add more volume to a thinning scalp. Get in touch with The Griffin Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia by calling (215) 561-9100, or submit a contact form to request a consultation.