With the development of great non-surgical treatment options like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), we have seen a decrease in the number of female patients that we would recommend hair transplant surgery to, however there is still a place for it as a treatment for women with hair loss. Hair transplant surgery is the only permanent solution for hair restoration, which makes it a very intriguing option.

What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure where hair follicles are surgically removed from the back of the scalp, called the donor areas, and planted into desired areas on the top of the scalp, called the recipient area.  There are two types of hair transplants, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Strip Method and the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method.  During your consultation, the hair restoration surgeon would confirm whether you are a better candidate for the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. Typically, hair transplants can take anywhere from 5 to 8 hours to complete and the patient is awake and comfortable as they will receive local anesthesia

Are women good candidates for hair transplants? 

Prior to offerings like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), hair transplants were really the only option for women.  Unfortunately, not all women are great candidates for hair transplants, which is why the consultation with a female hair loss expert is so important.  In order to be a good candidate, it is necessary to have a strong donor area, but female hair loss is more diffuse, which means the hair loss occurs all over and can affect the donor area.  If the donor area is weak, we would not recommend a hair transplant.  At Medi Tresse, we have one of the world’s leading hair restoration surgeons on staff who meets with any patient that may be interested in a hair transplant surgery.

Are any women good candidates for hair transplants?

Not all hair loss is the same and some women can be good candidates for hair transplants.  If a patient has Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), but the donor area is strong, she could still be a candidate for a hair transplant.  Patients whose hair loss is caused by a scarring alopecia could be good candidates, particularly when the frontal hair line is affected.  Scarring alopecia often affects a specific area of the scalp so the donor area should be stable.  However, for a patient with scarring alopecia to be a candidate, they affected area would need to be unchanged for at least one year.

What options do women have if they do not get a hair transplant?

If a patient is not a good candidate for a hair transplant, that does not mean she is not a good candidate for other great treatment options like Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).  Most important, if you are experiencing any type of hair loss it is important to see a female hair loss specialist that can help determine the best treatment path for you.  Whether you are interested in a hair transplant or not, the staff at Medi Tresse will find the right treatment for you.