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Women Struggle with Hair Loss, Too. But What Can Be Done?

By July 8, 2024July 12th, 2024No Comments

Whether you’re a man or a woman, hair loss can be a deeply emotional experience. Hair loss in women is something that is less talked about, but it shouldn’t be taboo. There are options to help you feel confident and beautiful again, and I’d like to take a moment to guide you through some solutions and provide some considerations for which approach may be best for you.

Let’s explore which hair transplant method might be best for you, how long these transplants last, and who makes a good candidate. Together, we can find the best solution to help you feel confident and beautiful again.

Which Hair Transplant Method is Best for Women?

There are two options that I would suggest, depending on the right approach for you: a FUE hair transplant or hairline lowering surgery.

FUE Hair Transplant for Women

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant method that offers natural-looking results with minimal discomfort. Here’s why FUE could be a great choice for you:

  • Precision: FUE involves extracting individual hair follicles from a donor area (usually the back of the scalp) and transplanting them to thinning or balding areas. This method ensures a natural hairline and growth pattern, helping you regain that full, beautiful head of hair.
  • Minimal Scarring: FUE is designed to leave minimal scarring, making it an excellent option if you prefer to wear your hair short or are concerned about visible marks.
  • Quick Recovery: This less invasive procedure means a quicker recovery time, allowing you to get back to your daily life without much downtime.
  • Versatility: FUE can restore hair in various areas, including the hairline, crown, and even eyebrows, helping you achieve a balanced and harmonious look.

Hairline Lowering Surgery for Women

Hairline lowering surgery, also known as forehead reduction surgery, is a transformative procedure for women who feel their forehead is too large or their hairline is too high. Here are some details:

  • Immediate Results: In many cases, this procedure can be completed in under 2 hours. Unlike FUE, which takes a few months to show full results, hairline lowering surgery provides immediate changes to your hairline’s position, helping you achieve your desired look right away.
  • Permanent Solution: This surgical method offers a permanent solution, giving you the confidence of knowing your new hairline is here to stay.
  • Robust result: The density achieved at the frontal hairline is far greater with surgical hairline advancement as compared to grafting.
  • Improved facial harmony: Repositioning the hairline to a more aesthetic position has a powerful effect on your overall appearance.
  • Combined Procedures: With this procedure, your treatment can easily be combined with a brow lift or upper or lower eyelid surgery to further enhance the aesthetics of the upper third of the face.

How Long Does a Female Hair Transplant Last?

One of the most common questions I get is how long a female hair transplant lasts. Here’s the encouraging news:

  • Permanent Results: The transplanted hair follicles are typically resistant to the hormones that cause hair loss, meaning the results are permanent. Your new hair will grow naturally and continue to thrive for a lifetime.
  • Natural Growth Cycle: After the initial shedding phase post-transplant, your new hair will enter a natural growth cycle, blending seamlessly with your existing hair.
  • Maintenance: While the transplanted hair is permanent, maintaining a healthy scalp and following after-care instructions will ensure the longevity and health of your beautiful new hair.

Before and After, 2200 grafts. Typical Before and After results to be expected from board-certified plastic surgeons trained under Dr. J. Epstein.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Not every woman experiencing hair loss or a high hairline is an ideal candidate for these procedures. Here’s what makes a good candidate for FUE hair transplants and hairline lowering surgery:

  • Healthy Donor Area: For FUE, it’s crucial to have a healthy donor area with sufficient hair follicles that can be transplanted.
  • Stable Hair Loss: Candidates should have stable hair loss patterns. If hair loss is still progressing rapidly, it might be better to wait until it stabilizes.
  • Scalp mobility: For hairline lowering surgery, patients must have scalp mobility. A simple evaluation will tell you if you are good candidate.
  • Realistic Expectations: Understanding the potential results and having realistic expectations are key to satisfaction. During your consultation, we’ll discuss what you can expect from the procedure.
  • General Health: Being in good general health is important for any surgical procedure. Conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, blood clotting disorders, and nicotine use may affect your candidacy.

Deciding on the best hair restoration method is a personal journey, and I’m here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re considering an FUE hair transplant or hairline lowering surgery, it’s important to choose the method that aligns with your goals and lifestyle. If you’re ready to explore your options and embark on the path to fuller, more confident hair, I invite you to schedule a consultation with me.

Let’s work together to achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results you deserve.


Dr. Crane

About Dr. Crane: Having been called around the globe with a passion for the very finest education opportunities and inspired by the life-changing effects of plastic surgery, Dr. Crane’s expanding reputation is one of unique significance. Dr. Crane is a distinguished board-certified plastic surgeon and proud member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetics Plastic Surgery. He personally trained under Dr. J. Epstein, a leading world expert in hair transplants, located in Miami, using the “Epstein Method” of hair restoration assures the most natural-appearing, impressive results.


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