Many statistics show that hair transplant can significantly help improve hair growth in men (typically in men with male pattern baldness – a condition of when an inherited gen of hair loss gene plays a key role). Even according to WebMD, this option can help about 90 percent of men with baldness in the U.S. Then, does it also work for women? Well, most women think that they can do the same way to improve their thinning hair problem. But in fact, most cases of female pattern baldness cannot work with hair transplant to cope with the problem. What else you need to know, learn more!
Why hair transplant is more recommended for pattern baldness?
Either male or female pattern baldness, the home remedies alone is not enough to help improve the hair growth. Even the use of proven hair-growth products and medications such as using laser devices and taking prescribed medicine like minoxidil also often don’t work powerful enough. In other words, hair loss that involves a genetic trait is more difficult to be treated. And in many cases, it often requires a hair transplant surgery to significantly improve hair growth.
How much does a hair transplant cost for women?
Like in male pattern baldness, the cost of hair transplant for women with hair loss problem is usually also dependent on how large the area /spot of hair that will be transplanted. So the cost can vary from woman to women. In general, it can range from $4,000 – $15,000 – and unfortunately hair transplant is rarely covered by insurance. So, it’s very important to consider the pros and cons of this option before you take it, because it is costly.
Where does female hair transplant hair come from?
To take this kind of surgery, you need to have a stable donor site of your scalp. In other words, the transplanted hair is taken from other areas of your own head /scalp that still have a normal hair-growth or full hair. It just moves your healthy hair to the spots of thinning hair – or from one place to another.
Generally, you will take and perform this kind of surgery in the doctor’s office or hospital under local anesthesia. How long it takes? It may take about 4-8 hours, depending on the extent of the procedures involved during surgery.
How does it get done? First, your surgeon needs to completely clean your scalp. Then she /he will inject an anesthetic. This anesthetic injection is needed to help numb the specific area /site where about a 3-4 inch strip of scalp will be taken /removed.
The surgeon usually removes it with a special device called scalpel. Then after removing it, she /he will set it aside and stitch the scalp closed. Naturally, this site usually can be almost unnoticeable due to immediately hidden by the healthy hair around it.
The surgeon then splits a strip of taken scalp into about 500-2,000 very small grafts containing a few hairs each or a single hair each. The type & number of graft used are usually closely associated with the color, quality, and type of your hair. Moreover, the large of area where the hair will be transplanted also can affect the decision of the number & type of the graft.
After the procedure of preparing the grafts is completely finished and prepared, the next procedure is cleaning and numbing the specific site of scalp where the hair will be transplanted /placed. Then the surgeon will create some slits /holes with a needle or scalpel, and then puts every graft in one of the created-holes carefully.
So, is it your option and does it actually work?
Before jumping to the answer of successful rate of hair transplant for hair growth in female pattern baldness, it’s much better to know your option such as whether it is safe and effective enough to treat your hair loss problem.
Can you take it?
Unfortunately, most women with pattern baldness cannot take hair transplant. This is reasonable since female pattern baldness is often followed with an overall thinning hair in all areas of the scalp including for the back and sides (the common donor sites in men). This can be the most challenging for the surgeon to find the stable donor site. As a result, not all women are able to take a hair transplant.
Men with hair loss tend to start their baldness with receding hairline. This means there are still plenty of donor sites for hair transplant. On the other hand, women are more likely to keep their frontal hairline when experiencing hair loss. According to WebMD, a hair transplant option tends to work better for women who:
- Their hair loss problem is triggered by non-hormonal factors or if there is no a genetic trait that trigger the problem. Though hair transplant also often work successfully for those with a genetic trait of hair loss, but the prognosis of hair loss problem that treated with hair transplant is much better if there is no a genetic trait or abnormal hormonal changes behind the problem.
- Have pattern baldness that is similar with the male pattern baldness or when they have a distinct pattern of baldness. This can help the surgeon to find the best stable donor site – as noted before.
Moreover women who experience hair loss due to trauma, chemical burns, have had previous plastic /cosmetic surgery, or alopecia marginalis (non-hormonal condition) also can be good candidates for hair transplant. Consult and discuss more with a professional dermatologist for more advice!
Does hair transplant work?
As written before, the hair transplant is more common in men than in women with hair loss. Even there is only about 2-5 percent of women who can take the benefit from this kind of procedure. But overall, it is one of common choices if you are bothered by balding /thinning hair. It is not only helpful to improve your self confidence and appearance, but also there is a chance for this option to provide a permanent result.
However, there is also a chance for this option fails to work or doesn’t meet what you expect. Furthermore, you need also to completely understand about the possible side effects that may occur during and after surgery. Make sure to discuss all of these issues with your surgeon /dermatologist before taking a hair transplant.