Hair transplant can significantly help improve hair growth in men (typically in men with male pattern baldness – a condition of when an inherited gene of hair loss plays a key role). Even this option have helped a lot of men with baldness in the U.S [reference]. But, does it also work for women?
Well, many women think that they can do the same way to improve their thinning hair problem. Unfortunately most cases of female pattern baldness does not work with hair transplant.
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Either male or female pattern baldness, home remedies alone is not enough to help improve hair growth.
Even the use of proven hair-growth products and medications such as laser devices and taking prescribed medicine (e.g. minoxidil) don’t always work powerful enough.
In other words, hair loss that involves a genetic trait is more difficult to treat. Sometimes it requires a hair transplant surgery to significantly improve hair growth.
Like in male pattern baldness, the cost of hair transplant for women is usually dependent on how large the area /spot of hair that will be transplanted.
The cost can vary. But in general, it can range from $4,000 – $15,000.
Unfortunately hair transplant is rarely covered by insurance since it’s cosmetic procedure. So, it’s very important to consider the pros and cons of this option before you take it, because it is costly.
To take this kind of cosmetic 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 scalp that still have a normal hair-growth. It just moves your healthy hair to the spots of thinning hair.
You usually will take and perform the procedure in the doctor’s office or hospital under local anesthesia. How long does it takes? 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 injects 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.
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 for the number & type of the graft.
Next, the specialist clean and numb the specific site of scalp where the hair will be transplanted. And he/she will create some slits /holes with scalpel, and then puts every graft in one of the created-holes carefully.
Men with hair loss tend to start their baldness with receding hairline. This means there are still plenty of donor sites for hair transplant.
Nevertheless, hair transplant is still probably successful for a few women with the following situations: