When can women have a hair transplant? Hair transplants are often what people
think of first when they think of hair restoration many women with female
pattern hair loss who consider hair transplant are often not candidates for
hair transplant surgery a diffuse pattern of hair thinning is
characteristic of female pattern hair loss since hair transplantation requires
making multiple small incisions into the scalp there is a high risk of permanent
loss of significant amounts of existing hair
for women with diffuse hair thinning this is in contrast to male pattern hair
loss where hair is transplanted to bald non hair bearing skin there are some
situations where a hair transplant can be performed for women I’m Dr. Amiya
Prasad I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained
oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon I’ve been in practice in
Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years I’ve been performing hair
transplant surgery throughout my career I’m also the founder of trichostem hair
regeneration centers which is a non-surgical treatment for male and
female pattern hair loss which I developed from technology originally
used to improve the outcomes and results of hair transplant surgery female
pattern hair loss telogen effluvium and hormonal changes such as pregnancy and
childbirth are the most common causes and factors affecting hair loss in women
in a typical female pattern hair loss the hair thins diffusely throughout the
scalp female pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss in women
it actually affects about 30 percent of women under 50 and about 50% of women
over 50 traditionally the only treatments available for female pattern
hair loss were minoxidil and spironolactone
minoxidil allow for a delay in the natural hair shedding cycle and extends
the hair growth cycle so more hair is on the scalp I find that most of my female
pattern hair loss patients do not see any benefit and abandon minoxidil use
the drug spironolactone is often prescribed as a testosterone blocker and
has limited to no benefit as reported to me by patients who were placed on this
drug before coming to see me we have been able to treat female pattern hair
loss successfully since 2011 with our TrichoStem Hair Regeneration treatment
this is a non-surgical injection treatment so the collateral loss
associated with hair transplant is not an issue the treatment is comprised of
primarily a platelet-rich plasma a concentration of healing and growth
factors found in your own blood and a combination with extracellular matrix
produced by the company a cell extracellular matrix is an advanced
wound healing material first used in regenerative medicine and surgery for
female pattern hair loss we have achieved in over ninety nine percent
success rate with this treatment with patients showing visible improvement and
hair coverage and density by the thickening of thinning hair and the
stimulation of growth from hair follicles that were previously not
growing the benefits are seen for three to five years with the only one
injection treatment some patients benefit from a second treatment we call
the booster at 18 months or so after the first treatment there are some
situations where hair transplant can be done for women severe or advanced
pattern hair loss where the hair part has widened significantly and resulted
in smooth almost bald areas for more than five years these are areas
that can be transplanted transplantation would be limited to areas of mostly
smooth scalp with little to no nearby native hair to minimize collateral loss
another condition is traction alopecia where constant tension on the hair
follicles can cause permanent hair loss traction alopecia is common in people
wearing consistently tight hairstyles like braids or tight ponytails I’ve had
patients see me who are older who tried to tighten their facial and forehead
skin by pulling their hair tightly this led to a lot of hair loss a transplant
is the only way to restore hair where there are no hair follicles the use of
chemicals like hair relaxers can result in permanent loss of hair follicles in
some cases where the hair has thinned due to chemical use we have been able to
make a significant improvement for women with TrichoStem Hair Regeneration
treatment another procedure is hairline lowering hairline lowering is primarily
for women who feel their hairline it’s too high or too much of their forehead
is exposed due to a lack of hair hairline lowering is approached like any
hair transplant with adjustments for the area of the forehead as is appropriate
in hairline lowering procedures patients should expect to have more than one
procedure to achieve a natural-looking density there are fewer options to treat
pattern loss for women were compared to men for example the drug finasteride can
be effective for men but does not have any role in female pattern hair loss
management the work we did to develop trichostem hair regeneration has
successfully helped women the majority of whom would not be
handed it for hair transplant surgery address their hair loss without surgery
I hope you found this information helpful thank you for your question