Hair Transplant for Long-Hair Patients? Yes, It’s Possible

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Hair Transplant for Long-Hair Patients? Yes, It’s Possible

Because hair transplants for men get a lot of press, female hair loss sometimes flies under the radar. Up to 50% of women report the noticeable thinning of hair in their lifetime. And for some women, very problematic balding takes a significant toll on self-esteem. Traditionally, hair transplant procedures required a surgeon to either extract a long strip of the scalp for dissection or shave a patch of hair at the back of the head for FUE extraction. But nowadays, hair transplant is possible for patients with long hair. Some female celebrities with hair transplants are speaking out and boasting hair revitalization without the evidence of any surgical procedures. How do they do it?

Patients undergoing traditional hair transplant with FUE (follicular unit extraction) methods have the benefit of no long, linear transplant scar, but there’s still an awkward phase of short hair in the donor zone growing back in. To truly cater to women, hair procedures needed to find a way to extract those individual follicle grafts without requiring the hair to be cut short.

Hair surgeons are always innovating and improving the methods that deliver excellent results. Now when a woman has transplantation for thinning hair, she can do so with a no-shave FUE technique. Find out why long-haired patients are benefitting from permanent, natural-looking hair transplant surgery more often today.

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Where To Start

Hair loss due to aging is typical, but the problem of androgenic alopecia leads to progressive and significant pattern balding. Though many men will combat their hair loss, the familiar look of male pattern baldness is so prevalent for men that many choose to embrace it comfortably.

The story for women is quite different. They too experience pattern baldness due to genetic predisposition. However, it presents differently. Females with hair loss tend to see a diffused, widespread hair thinning all over the scalp, and this means that they gradually find it harder to style their hair or to wear it parted in the middle. Their hairlines don’t usually recede like men’s do, but they do end up wearing hats, scarves, and other cover-ups as their scalp becomes more visible. Other reasons why women experience hair loss, especially after the age of 50, include menopause, medications, illness such as thyroid disease, traction alopecia due to tight hairstyles, or significant stress. While some of these shedding triggers are temporary, others lead to long-term balding. For years, women resorted to wigs because hair transplants weren’t a practical option. Today, even for long-haired females, that’s changed.

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What if you could hide your hair transplant donor areas and keep your long hair?

Modern hair restoration surgery uses healthy, thriving hair follicles from one region of the scalp to supply donor follicles for redistribution. While a transplant cannot create more hair for you, it can spread out what you have to effectively add density in the areas you need it most. The process is easier for men. They typically lose hair at the top and keep most of it at the back and sides. The hair in this remaining band is naturally DHT-resistant. (Dihydrotestosterone is the hormone implicated in pattern hair loss.) The donor hairs from the back and sides of the scalp are usually the most robust transfer follicles, because they stay and thrive where they’re implanted. Furthermore, because men will have little shedding in those areas, plenty of follicles can be taken from a localized zone without showing visible signs of depletion.

Ladies, you have it much harder, unfortunately. As mentioned, women see more diffused thinning, which means that there isn’t often a clearly bald or clearly dense growth area. Hair must be harvested from a broader zone. Using the traditional FUE approach, that could mean cutting a large area short.

However, using a new hair restoration option called no-shave FUE, Dr. Cory Torgerson and his team at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic can meticulously trim only small, 1-centimetre donor areas while keeping all the surrounding hair at its original length. This tedious process works much the same way, yet requires more strategic planning and a lengthier procedure.

It works well for men too (guys who have longer hair appreciate returning to work without surgical evidence). The outcome is that the donor areas are kept tiny, discreet, and hidden amongst otherwise undisturbed hair.

Patients tend to take one week off of work for hair transplant recovery. Just a few simple activity restrictions and instructions will ensure rapid healing and a virtually scarless result.

  • Without a long strip-harvesting incision, they heal fast — within 3 to 5 days
  • Without a noticeable, large shaved patch on their head, patients can return to their regular lives without covering up their scalp

If you’ve lost confidence due to thinning, balding hair, hair transplant surgery can change your life for the better. You’ll need to have sufficient donor hair available. An in-person consultation will help determine your situation and your best options. Surgical hair restoration recipients should be in good general health and have realistic expectations plus patience for the natural hair transplant recovery timeline, which takes between 9 and 12 months.

There are many individual factors to be considered, including the length of time that you’ve been losing hair, your age, medical picture, hair density, gender, and expectations.

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Schedule Your Private Consultation

Dr. Torgerson’s Yorkville clinic welcomes patients from all backgrounds to schedule a private, consultation. Your first step toward learning about various hair transplant and non-surgical restorations is to see an expert in person. Dr. Torgerson will examine your scalp and talk with you about your goals and needs. No-shave FUE in Toronto is a welcome choice, as are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair treatments, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), and many more. Come discover the possibilities for restoring your hair, appearance, and style.

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