Nearly a third of women will experience hair loss at some point in their life, and those that do report it affecting their emotional well-being and quality of life.
Thankfully, there are solutions available for those with alopecia. You may consider a hair transplant for women to combat hair loss and regain your confidence.
Read on to learn more about the hair transplant procedure for women.
Hair Loss in Women vs. Men
Men typically experience hair loss progressively as they age. Some men start to experience hair loss as early as 20 years old. Hair loss starts at the top of the head, leaving hair rings on the sides.
On the other hand, although women can experience hair loss in their twenties and thirties, it’s more common in women between the ages of 45 and 50. Unlike men, a woman’s first sign of hair loss isn’t a receding hairline.
Hair loss in women usually begins with slow stretching or thinning hair in the crown (or middle) area. The hair strand diameter gets smaller. Experts call this miniaturization.
Over time, hair thinning will spread to the sides, but women will rarely become completely bald unless a disease is causing the hair loss. A woman’s hairline usually will not change even with noticeable hair loss.
Contrary to men, it’s normal for women to lose 50-100 hairs per day. Yet, when this number increases to 150-200 hairs a day or more, it’s time to consider your options for hair loss.
How Does Hair Transplant Surgery Work for Women?
Since women lose hair differently than men, a women’s hair transplant is much more complicated than a men’s hair transplant. In turn, women have a harder time being good candidates for the procedure than men.
Generally, those with hair loss can choose from three different hair transplant treatments. They are:
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
- Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
Each method is a natural-looking hair transplant option. They all focus on extracting and grafting hair follicles to achieve sustainable hair growth.
During the procedure, your practitioner will remove small grafts from the hair-bearing scalp or donor region. They may also use a larger piece from a donor area and cut it into smaller pieces to use as grafts. Then, the grafts go on the bald or thinning area of the scalp.
However, the procedure for women is complex because often, there is no stable donor region. The surgeon cannot take hair from an area that is also thinning because, eventually, this hair will also fall out.
This influences the number of grafts that the doctor can transplant, thus limiting the surgery.
Since it’s harder to extract hair from viable regions on women, you may require several sessions to achieve your desired results. Your hair type can also affect how many sessions you’ll need.
Learn More About Hair Transplant for Women
Permanent hair loss can be emotionally debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be. A hair transplant for women is a viable solution to consider.
If you’re ready to schedule a consultation or have more questions about the procedure, contact us at the Los Angeles Hair Institute. Our team is ready to guide you through your hair loss restoration journey.