Many doctors suggest that one out of five women will experience some amount of hair loss due to aging, diseases or hormonal changes, usually after menopause.
Is Hair Transplantation a Solution to Female Type Hair Loss?
The hair transplant operation is considered the same for women as it is the best option as a definitive solution to hair loss for 90% of men.
However, female-type hair loss is not exactly the same as men's condition. Very few women have hair loss that can be transplanted.
Female Type Hair Loss
Women's hair is shed differently than men. Compared to hair loss on the front and top of the head, which is characteristic of men in general, women suffer from widespread hair loss.
An important point in hair transplantation operations is the status of the hair in the donor area as donors. If the hair follicles taken as grafts are not healthy, the transplanted hair will fall off soon after operation and the expected result will not be obtained.
In men, the donor areas are usually the sides and back of the head. However they may be generalized thinning and loss of hair in women. Therefore most of the time it is impossible to get enough hair follicules from a good donor area.
Can women have hair transplantation?
Although not as common as in men, hair transplantation can be used as a treatment for hair loss in women. For proper diagnosis and treatment, your specialist should determine the causes and type of hair loss by performing a good hair analysis and guide you.
You can contact us for your hair analysis and determination of the best treatment for you.
What is hair loss?
It doesn’t mean that you are losing your hair, when you see hair on your pillow. Hair growth and loss are in a natural balance. 50-100 hair loss per day is normal.
We can talk about hair loss when this balance is broken, and our new hairs grows less than our shedding hair.
Hair shedding is different from hair loss. In the medical literature, hair loss is called Alopecia.
Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss for women. Other diseases include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, cicatricial alopecia, and traumatic alopecia.
What is androgenetic alopecia?
Almost every woman eventually has some degree of hair loss. It may start at any time after the onset of puberty, but hair loss in women typically tends to increase during menopause. The risk increases with age and is higher for women with a history of hair loss on both sides of the family.
As the name suggests, androgenetic alopecia involves the production of hormones called androgens, which are essential for normal male sexual development and have other important functions in both sexes, including sex drive and regulation of hair growth.
It may also be caused by overproduction of androgen or an underlying endocrine condition, such as an androgen-secreting tumor in the ovary, pituitary or adrenal gland.
In both cases, alopecia is probably associated with increased androgen activity. However, unlike androgenetic alopecia in men, it is difficult to determine the exact role of androgens in women. It is important to measure androgen levels in women with significant hair loss, despite the possibility that an androgen-secreting tumor may be involved.
In both sexes, hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia is due to a decrease in a genetically determined anagen, the growth stage of the hair, and the prolongation of the time between a hair loss and the onset of a new anagen phase.
How is hair loss diagnosed in women?
If you are concerned about hair loss, you should consult a doctor. The doctor will examine your hair loss problem and look for answers to some of the questions listed below:
- Which medications you use?
- Your eating habits (protein is important for hair growth)
- Your stress level
- Family history of hair loss
- What types of hair styles you have and which hair care products and procedures you tend to use?
- Whether you have a habit of pulling your hair (trichotillomania)
After this information has been reviewed, your doctor may perform some tests, including:
- Gently pulling your hair to determine how much hair will fall out
- Blood tests to test vitamin and mineral levels (such as vitamin D, vitamin B, zinc and iron) and hormone levels (including thyroid and sex hormones)
- Scalp examination under a microscope
- Scalp biopsy to remove and examine a very small piece of tissue
In the light of all these tests and information, your diagnosis of hair loss can only be made by a qualified physician so that the appropriate treatment method can be determined.
Hair Loss Treatment in Women
Treatment should be determined by a specialist depending on the cause of hair loss.
- When hair loss is caused by stress or hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, treatment may not be necessary. Hair loss is expected to stop after a while.
- Hair loss is caused by the use of hair styles such as very tight hair weaves, ponytail or some hair styling chemicals; treatment depends on putting an end to the applications that cause damage.
- Due to lack of nutrition, you may be asked to take supplements. For example, you may be asked to take multivitamin and 3-5 mg biotin daily.
- Drug treatment should be used with the diagnosis and guidance of your doctor.
- Hair transplantation is another option.
- PRP injection, which means protein rich plasma, is one of the methods used to stimulate hair growth.
How can women decide hair transplantation?
According to experts, a very small proportion of women are eligible candidates for hair transplant surgery. Approximately 2% to 5% of women with hair loss benefit from such procedures.
In which situations is hair transplantation suitable for women?
- If you have hair loss similar to male pattern hair loss (hair loss on all scalp except sides and back).
- Also, if you have lost your hair due to traction alopecia (from a hair style that puts too much pressure on your hair follicles, which causes permanent hair loss).
- You have had a chemical or trauma such as a burn or a traffic accident.
- You do not have heart problems or hypertension.
- You do not have chronic diabetes.
For a definite solution to female pattern hair loss, your physician must perform a good hair analysis and guide you correctly before deciding on hair transplantation.
How is hair transplantation done in women?
Hair transplantation is also possible in women, depending on the type of hair loss. Your doctor should determine with a good analysis the way your hair is shed, the reasons and whether the hair transplantation will be the solution or not.
Fue hair transplantation (Follicular Unit Extraction) is used for hair transplantation. In this method, the hair is collected one by one and the channel is placed in the balding area.
Before Hair Transplantation in Women
Women who decide to have hair transplantation should avoid blood thinners and alcohol as prescribed by the physician before the application.
First our hair transplant specialist surgeon plans the frontal hair line and hair densitiy in different parts of your head. Then the donor ares is prepared and nummed for operation
Hair roots are taken one by one and transplanted to the recipient area. It will be necessary to wait an average of 6 months to see the results of hair transplantation in a healthy way.
After Hair Transplantation
The transplanted hair will fall off in one month after the operation. After 3 months, the hair starts to grow again. There are many special products to use in this process.
What should women pay attention after hair transplantation?
After hair transplantation, patients should go to a doctor's examination once a year. If necessary, hair transplantation can be repeated, and early measures should be taken to apply to hair loss areas or new areas of hair loss.
It is important to use lotions recommended by your doctor after hair transplantation. Depending on the condition of your hair, these products can be switched to normal shampoos after 5 - 6 months of use.
Routine massages to the bottom of the hair are useful to prevent new shedding.
Your doctor will advise you on which product to use and which you should avoid.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does hair transplant take?
The procedure takes approximately 6-8 hours depending on the number of grafts transferred and the size of the treated area. The first stage of the operation consists of the collection of grafts. After the maximum number of grafts have been collected, our team pauses for the preparation of the second stage.
Is the procedure performed with general or local anesthesia?
Local anesthesia and mild sedation are sufficient for FUE hair transplantation. Local anesthesia begins with needle-free injection. When the first numbness is achieved, more local anesthetics are injected with the needles.
Do I have to cut my hair before the procedure?
You can cut your hair, but we prefer to see your hair style, hair direction and density before the procedure. So, it is better to leave the haircut to us.
Should I stop using Regaine or Finasteride before the procedure?
These medicines help improve the blood circulation of the hair follicles. You can use it if you want but it is not necessary.
How long before I should stop taking Aspirin?
You should stop taking aspirin, herbal tea, vitamins and all kinds of nutritional supplements at least 7 days before the operation. Because they all have the potential to thin blood, and this makes the surgery more difficult for you and us.
When can I dye my hair? Before or after?
Three months after the operation.
What are the regulations on alcohol consumption? Can I drink alcohol before or after the operation?
In order to prevent further bleeding, it is useful to stop alcohol consumption 3 days before the operation. Alcohol use is free 2 months after surgery.
Can I smoke?
One cigarette interferes with the circulation of hair follicles for at least 24 hours. Especially in the first 15 days after surgery, the blood circulation of the hair-bearing skin is very important for the survival of the transplanted hair follicles. For this reason, we recommend that you stop smoking 1 week before the operation and do not smoke at least one month after the operation. These recommendations are to increase the number of hair follicles surviving and to get a better result. The more cigarettes you smoke, the fewer hair follicles will survive.
I'm taking a lot of medicine. Should I leave these before the operation? How long ago?
Please ask us before you set the operation date.
Is there a certain age for hair transplantation?
No. However, the best candidates are those over the age of 30.
What is the recovery time after hair transplantation?
We recommend that you rest at night after the operation. The next day, we remove the dressing from the donor site. Most patients spend the day outside after dressing change. But you'd better give yourself some time to heal. Please note that this is an operation and you need some time for full recovery.
Most of our patients return to work 5-7 days after the operation.
When will I see the results of the operation?
All transplanted hair will fall off within one month after surgery. Depending on the transplanted area, they will begin to grow again within 3-6 months. You will see the final result in one year.
Is there a guarantee for the operation?
You can be sure. If you are not satisfied with the result, we may repeat the process.
However, this guarantee does not apply to patients requiring multiple grafts and patients who lose their existing hair over time. These patients may need a second operation in the following years to get better results.
Do you provide a hotel room for patients after the procedure? How many nights?
Yes. Staying the night before and after the night is sufficient for basic hair transplantation (2 nights). However, if you prefer the first hair wash by us, you must stay 2 more nights (3 nights).
When can I return to work after the procedure?
Will there be any bruising after the procedure?
Most postoperative patients have almost no bruising or swelling. However, patients with sensitive and thin skin may have some bruising. It lasts about 5-7 days.
Will there be a scar and how long after the transplant will the scar appear?
There will be no scars. Donor area and recipient area heal without scarring.
I heard all the transplanted hair will fall out and grow back.
Yeah. They fall out one month after the operation and grow between 3-6 months.
Can I use Rogaine after hair transplantation?
Yes, you can. Improves blood circulation in hair bearing skin.
When can I cut my hair after the procedure?
You can cut the transplanted hair one month after the surgery. It is very important to use scissors in the first 3 months. You can use the machine after 3 months.
There are no restrictions for haircuts in other parts of the head.