Hair Restoration For Women

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Hair Restoration: Not Just for men.

According to a Harvard study, about 1/3 of women experience hair loss (alopecia) at some time in their lives; 2/3 in post-menopausal women. Hair loss in women is less socially acceptable than in men, affecting them socially and emotionally.

Causes of alopecia can be hormonal, stress-related, traction alopecia (tight braids or pony-tails), chemotherapy, and the most common cause being genetic, called female-pattern baldness.

What Hair Restorations Options Do Women Have?

First, one must seek professional help to diagnose the cause and then plan the treatment. Once the diagnosis is made and treatment decided upon, replacement of the lost hair may involve a hair transplant. This is a procedure whereby the hair follicles are transplanted from the back of the scalp to the balding areas. This is performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation according to the patient’s wishes. The skill involves removing the proper number of follicles to give good hair density in the balding areas, while not removing so many follicles leaving the donor site too thin. 

Additional skill is necessary to place the follicles in the proper direction so hair grows in the direction of the surrounding hair. Each graft must have 1-4 follicles to look completely natural and not look plugged.

Neograft (FUE) and Strip Method (FUT) Hair Transplant Explained - Dr. Finger in Savannah Georgia- Hair Restoration Savannah (7)

First, one must seek professional help to diagnose the cause and then plan the treatment. Once the diagnosis is made and treatment decided upon, replacement of the lost hair may involve a hair transplant. This is a procedure whereby the hair follicles are transplanted from the back of the scalp to the balding areas. This is performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation according to the patient’s wishes. The skill involves removing the proper number of follicles to give good hair density in the balding areas, while not removing so many follicles leaving the donor site too thin. 

Additional skill is necessary to place the follicles in the proper direction so hair grows in the direction of the surrounding hair. Each graft must have 1-4 follicles to look completely natural and not look plugged.

 

Neograft (FUE) and Strip Method (FUT) Hair Transplant Explained - Dr. Finger in Savannah Georgia- Hair Restoration Savannah (4)

What’s the difference between the FUE & FUT Hair Restoration methods? 

FUT (follicular unit transplantation) and FUE (follicular unit extraction) are common acronyms for Hair Transplants. Generally, FUT refers to removing a strip of scalp from the back, cutting this strip into small units of 1-4 follicles. FUE, such as the NeoGraft, means removing the grafts with a small 1-millimeter punch instead of a strip. The grafts are virtually the same.

The advantage of the NeoGraft: no linear scar in the back of the scalp. The disadvantage: a large amount of hair must be cut very short in the donor area leaving a temporary bald area until the hair grows out, which may take months with longer hair.

The disadvantages of the strip: the need for suture removal at 10-12 days and the linear scar, which is virtually imperceptible with longer hair. The advantages are: there is no need to cut hair short in the donor area, and every follicle for transplantation can be taken from the area with the most hair density for thicker hair for transplantation in most cases. Plus, the procedure is faster, which is important with hair transplants. The time between extraction and implantation is shorter so the follicles are back with a blood supply faster for maximum hair follicle health.

Which Hair Transplant works better for Women?

For these reasons, while both techniques are excellent, according to the patient’s choice, most of our Savannah female patients opt for the strip method of transplantation leaving them with a full head of hair in the back of the scalp. Whereas, most men with shorter hair choose the NeoGraft.

 The FUT (strip) method of transplantation leaving them with a full head of hair in the back of the scalp. Whereas, men with shorter hair usually chose the NeoGraft. 

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