Hair Transplants for Women
Over the last 20 years, the advances in our understanding of the processes involved in the surgical excision and relocation of hair follicles has been profound. At the same time, equipment has improved to the point where surgeons are able to work at the microscopic level, removing individual follicular units with absolute precision
Similarly, the technical evolution of the equipment used has enabled surgeons to deliver outstanding results. Like never before, scarring can now be virtually non-existent and the results of the surgery undetectable.
These advances have opened up the world of hair transplantation to new audience, women. The ability of the surgeon to remove microscopic grafts and place them again with perfect precision has been a revelation.
On men, the surgeon is usually working on a blank canvas. That is to say, every follicle in the recipient region is trapped in the resting phase and apart from a downy “vellus” growth he is essentially bald and a truly challenging aspect of the surgeons work will be recreating his patient’s hairline.
For women things are usually very different, the hairline is almost always intact with the thinning appearing behind the hairline and across the top of the head. It can simultaneously thin at the back of the head. Modern transplantation techniques enable a surgeon to place follicular units, each containing between 1 and 4 hairs, between the existing healthy follicles that are usually seen at the recipient site. So they can build the density of the hair exactly where it is required to achieve the optimum aesthetic outcome. This procedure is known as FUE.
Causes of Female Hair Loss
While female hair loss is often times traced back to a history of hair loss in the family, other factors can also result in hair issues.
- Changes in hormones often associated with pregnancy or aging
- An decision to abruptly stop taking birth control medication
- Tumors on the ovaries
- As symptoms of post-partum or post-menopausal stages
- Medication used to treat a thyroid issue, or other types of medications
- A problem with the thyroid gland
- Trauma caused by various types of surgery
- Diet issues such as crash diets, a loss of certain nutrients in the diet, or bulimia
- Tension caused by certain hair styles that tend to pull the hair very tight
The Ludwig System
The Ludwig System is used to determine the type of female hair loss.
Normal hair with no signs of loss
Ludwig I-2 through I-4
The gap in the central part of the hair gets progressively wider, indicating the starting stages of hair loss.
Ludiwg II-1 and Ludwig II-2
The loss associated with Ludwig I-4 expands and becomes more pronounced.
The loss of hair from the part on the top of the scalp out towards the sides of the head is pronounced and extensive, but some hair does remain.
This is a rare condition that has the entire crown of the head bare and hair only remaining in a circular pattern around the scalp.
At the Ludwig Frontal stage, hair is being noticeably lost from the part on the crown and at the front.
Follicular Unitary Extraction (FUE)
FUE. Since it was first introduced, in Japan, 1988, FUE held the promise of significantly improved transplants. It differed significantly from its predecessors by removing a single follicular unit at a time, each unit containing between 1 and 4 hairs. Since the introduction of those early 1mm hollow needles things have come a very, very long way. In the hands of our skilled surgical team, tiny excision holes heal perfectly. Once removed the follicular units are prepared under a microscope before being precisely relocated in their desired position, the deliberate nature of that relocation leaves plenty of choice available to the client in terms of their desired look. It amounts to an unprecedented outcome, unachievable until recently and best of breed in today’s market.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUT is a proven technique that has stood the test of time. It sees a thin strip of skin taken from the donor area at the back of the head – the clinical team then work to prepare each follicle, using state of the art microscopy, to ensure it is in the best condition to survive the transplantation process. Capable of transplanting around 4000 grafts in a single session it is the more cost effective of the two procedures, along with some technical reasons why our HIS Hair Clinic expert might recommend FUT, these remain the principal reasons for its overwhelming popularity.
It can be an appropriate option for women at the more extreme end of the hair loss spectrum who have suffered complete loss in an area.
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