Female Hair Transplant — Is It a Worthwhile Investment?
Can a woman have a hair transplant? Your widow’s peak may be growing more pronounced by the day or the part in your hair ever-widening. Women try everything from perms to medications to stop their hair thinning. Female hair transplant patients are more common today because the technology has gotten so much better. So are female hair transplants a worthwhile investment?
Women lose hair for a variety of reasons, some of which differ from men, but it can be just as hard to accept, if not harder for women. For most female pattern hair loss, DHT-sensitive hairs start to fall out during menopause, which means that the attractive feature that’s been part of the women’s identity all their lives is suddenly out of their control. (DHT, dihydrotestosterone, is a hormone that causes a lot of hair loss.) If you spend time looking at female hair transplant before and after photos, you might wonder what’s involved.
Now hair transplant results are definitely worth the investment. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) in Toronto provides a nearly scarless redistribution of hair that looks incredibly natural, with no conspicuous “plugs” or linear scars at the donor site. The best hair transplant surgeons will mimic the direction, growth, and pattern of the hair so it appears that it’s not thinning at all.
You may have read that female hair transplants are more challenging, so is this permanent form of restoration an option for you? We hope the following details will help you consider the possibilities.
What does female pattern hair loss look like?
The common scale used to classify female hair loss is the Ludwig Scale. Androgenic alopecia in women is a hereditary condition, but it presents differently than for their male counterparts. For instance, the female hairline usually remains in place, but hair at the crown thins, so the scalp can be seen through it. Diffuse thinning is usually noted all over the head. You may first start to notice the loss when you see more of your scalp or when there are more hairs in the drain, on the pillows, and on the floor of your home.
Female hair loss is influenced by genetic, hormonal, lifestyle, and medical conditions. As crash-dieting is more common in females, this nutrient deprivation sometimes leads to their temporary hair shedding. As well, iron-deficiency anemia is a common health problem for women that also causes hair to fall out. The following are several circumstances that may cause a woman to lose hair either temporarily or permanently:
- Medication side effects
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Rapid weight loss
- Iron-deficient anaemia
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Severe emotional or physical stress
- Polycystic ovaries
- Surgical procedures or scalp trauma
Traction alopecia is usually caused by wearing very tight hairstyles for a prolonged period. Dreadlocks, braids, and tight buns will lead to follicular damage and patches of baldness, which can be permanent. Destructive treatment chemicals like relaxants or dyes can also damage growth. It’s often easier to treat traction alopecia with a female hair transplant because the problem will not progress if the tension has been removed. It’s a stable issue that can have stable results if corrected. Androgenic alopecia, on the other hand, is progressive.
The concept of hair redistribution works very well for male pattern baldness because the hair that doesn’t fall out at the back and sides resists the DHT hormone and is genetically programmed to not fall out. These are the source of donor grafts, and dense growth areas hide the removal of grafts effectively.
However, female pattern baldness often leads to unstable hair follicles all over the head. Because thinning is spread out, the hairs at the back and sides can be just as prone to shedding as on the top. Follicle-killing DHT may ultimately cause some of the transferred hair to be lost, and that represents a loss of investment as well. Transplanted hairs are only as permanent as they would have been if left in their original location.
One difference between male and female baldness is the hairline. Women don’t need to move the hairline as much as they need added volume. However, female hair transplants don’t add any volume to the head. They simply move hairs from one place to another.
Careful assessment and planning can result in lasting, effective hair transplants for women. Advanced FUE transplant technology like SmartGraft and NeoGraft, which are approved by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, preserve each delicate follicle unit. The newest techniques reduce downtime and help ensure success. With greater visibility of treatment areas, less transection/damage to valuable grafts, and fast, uniform extraction, the tedious task of relocating grafts one by one is made possible. Toronto FUE for women often takes longer and requires more strategic planning than for men. It can lead to highly satisfying outcomes for many. If your hair loss has slowed or stabilized or if you have hereditary shedding or traction alopecia, FUE can help create the look of density and fullness for you again, meaning that you don’t need to wear wigs or take medications that come with side effects.
FUE in Toronto
Dr. Cory Torgerson’s hair transplant clinic in downtown Toronto offers this revolutionary hair restoration procedure. A transplant can be an option for women with thick enough hair at the back and sides to “donate” towards density at the top.
Women without reversible metabolic or medical causes for their shedding will be able to consider surgical transplantation. If hormone fluctuations lead to fallout, medical treatment and time for stabilization may be advised.
The strip method, also known as follicular unit transplantation (FUT), was once the most common way to create hair grafts. The implantation process was the same as FUE, but the method for excising the donor hair created a long incision and scar at the back of the head.
Nowadays, FUE, the individual unit extraction process, often takes longer and is more tedious, but significant benefits include no visible linear scar on the scalp. FUE can be repeated multiple times if needed too. Conversely, FUT creates tension on the scalp because a piece is removed, so the repeat hair transplants are limited to just once in most cases.
Before treatment, once your donor zone is identified, a patch of scalp hair will be shaved, so the punch tool can extract precise grafts. You’ll have local freezing in the skin to keep you perfectly comfortable. The little incisions are less than 1 mm across and shallow, so the procedure won’t be painful. A very tiny needle is then used to create slits between existing hairs at the recipient site.
Choose a practitioner who has the aesthetic skill to place each individual strand in a natural, realistic position and angle. Once the hair grows in, it will not look like an implanted hairline but 100% your own.
Depending on the number of follicle grafts required, your hair restoration procedure may take between 4 and 8 hours.
The small scar left behind by the FUE punch is so small that it will close on its own in a few days and not even be visible after 7 to 10 days. If the patient has long hair, it will fall over the donor area and hide it until the hair grows in.
Hair Transplant Cost in Canada
Throughout the GTA, including Richmond Hill and Mississauga, the cost for hair transplant surgery varies somewhat. The cost per graft is the typical formula for calculating procedure fees.
Your total in dollars will depend on how many grafts you have transferred. Each unit may contain between 1 and 4 hairs and will cost $4 to $6 each. (Prices are subject to change.) Women’s hair transplant prices are diverse because the nature of their thinning is so variable. Whether filling space at the temples only, fixing a bald patch due to traction alopecia, or covering a large area of the crown, you’ll see a range from 500 to 2,500 grafts used.
The best way to find out what to expect from your procedure is to meet with a top hair transplant surgeon in Toronto. Dr. Torgerson’s FUE patients are male and female from all backgrounds. Dr. Torgerson understands the nuances between various heads of hair. More importantly, he is well trained and experienced in multiple approaches to hair restoration, ranging from surgery to platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), low-level laser therapy (LLLT), and medications.
The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic
The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic also provides clients with expert medically formulated hair growth shampoos and other products designed to nourish and protect existing hair. The optimal solution for you may be many solutions. That’s the best thing about visiting a renowned hair restoration specialist — you have access to all of the industry’s leading and proven technologies.
We believe that each person’s treatment plan should be customized for them. Dr. Cory Torgerson will be pleased to offer you a free consultation so you can ask questions and gather personalized feedback in a relaxed, welcoming environment. If you’re a woman who is feeling frustrated because you want to take control of your hair loss, we’d love to meet you.