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What Women Need To Know About Hair Transplant Surgery

There is a lot of press and commentary when a celebrity reveals having a cosmetic procedure like a hair transplant. It’s usually male public figures you read about when it comes to hair loss, but women suffer from hair loss too. One of the procedures which remain almost taboo to speak about among women is hair transplant surgery. Despite the cloaks and mystery surrounding the treatment, more women are choosing it as an option to treat hair loss. It is still a private thing, and this article looks to shed some light on what you can expect. Read more to learn about hair transplant for women.

Not Just For Men

Hair transplant surgery had traditionally catered to helping men restore receding hairlines and fight balding. However, the number of women turning to the procedure to reverse hair loss is on the rise. Adding hair follicles to a widening part or to lower the hairline is now more common for women battling hair loss.

Everyone Experiencing Hair Loss Is Not Suitable

Despite the massive difference a hair transplant can have in a woman’s appearance, not everyone is a suitable candidate for the procedure. Firstly, you must have enough hair follicles in the donor area; otherwise, it’ll be like robbing Peter to pay Paul. Taking hair from an unsuitable donor area may cause problems further down the line. The type of hair loss is also a factor to consider when assessing if someone is suitable for hair transplant.

Harvesting Hair Follicles For Transplant Procedure

Hair transplant procedure increases hair density in the area where the hair is thinning by taking hair follicles from a donor area. There are two standard methods doctors use to harvest hair.

  1. The first method involves surgically removing a thin strip of hair-bearing skin from the donor area. The process is done under local anaesthetic to make it comfortable. The doctor then uses stitches to close up the open area. This procedure is known as follicular unit transplantation or FUT. The next step is to extract the individual follicles under a microscope.
  2. Alternatively, the doctors will use a motorised punch to extract individual follicles from the donor area. First off they trim the hair so that they can see how the hair exit your scalp. This method does not leave a scar. Also, there is better coverage after extraction is complete, and hair grows back. Since the process involves obtaining individual units of hair, it’s known as follicular unit extraction or FUE.

Which method is better? It depends on several factors, and your doctor will determine the best approach during your consultation.

Is The Price Of A Hair Transplant Worth It?

What value can you give to the confidence a full head of hair gives you? Did I hear you say priceless? Many women who suffer from hair loss will testify that with every strand that drops you lose a little bit of your self-confidence. Furthermore, it doesn’t help that there still lingers a stigma around hair loss, especially in women. 

Hair transplant surgery is a specialist area of the hair restoration field and is expensive relative to other treatment options. Despite the costs, the results you can get are simply excellent. It is also worth mentioning that choosing the right clinic has a bearing on the success of the procedure.

Costs will vary from clinic to clinic. The extent of your hair loss and the number of hair follicles you will need for the procedure are also factors to consider. With expert execution, the results of a hair transplant surgery are worth paying for.

Prepare To Set Aside An Entire Day For The Procedure

A hair transplant is not a quick procedure. Prepare to spend a good chunk of your day in the surgeon’s chair. Don’t worry, though; it’s the perfect time to catch up on your favourite series, talk about multitasking! The surgery takes between five and eight hours, and clinics do everything possible to ensure you are comfortable for the duration. 

Unlike non-invasive cosmetic procedures, you won’t see the results immediately. It may be a matter of months before the transplant follicles start producing new hair. Patience is the name of the game when it comes to hair transplants.

Looking Natural Even With A Hair Transplant

Hair transplant surgery is more of an art than a science. Having the vision to shape the look of the new hair before it grows sets apart good surgeons from the masters. A credible surgeon will make your new hair as subtle as they possibly can, and that’s where the art comes in. No two hair transplants are the same because every woman is unique. Blending in the new hair and ensuring it fits in nicely with the existing hair takes an experienced surgeon. Keep this in mind when choosing a clinic for your hair transplant procedure.

If you are ready to take the next step or start a conversation about hair transplant options, Vinci Hair Clinic can help. During your free consultation, we will answer every question you have about the procedure, as well as assessing if you are a great candidate for the surgery. Contact us to book your consultation today.