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In the past, the general advice was that hair transplants were unsuitable for women as most women suffer from diffuse hair loss (thinning all over) whereas most men tend to lose hair from certain areas (ie temple or crown) but continue to have full density in other areas, providing suitable sites from which hair can be harvested for transplant to areas of hair loss.
However it is always worth being assessed and considering all your options as some women can be suitable and hair transplant techniques have also moved on from the bad old days of the row of hair ‘plugs’ which never quite did what they were supposed to do and could be detected under certain lights, giving a slightly scary look! It also depends on the result a woman wants. If she is happy to regain low-medium density and has suitable harvest sites or she is only losing hair from one area, for example, hairline, or a few small areas (ie caused by Alopecia). Conversely, if a woman wants thick and lustrous locks, then cosmetic hair replacement continues to offer the best option.
While hair transplantation is a permanent solution on the face of it, if further hair continues to be lost from other areas following the procedure, it carries the risk that another procedure may be required. Footballer Wayne Rooney had to have several procedures on the basis that he was a young man who was still losing his hair when he had his first hair transplant. Hair transplants are also the most expensive hair loss option and require a strict adherence to post-operative care including antibiotics, for success. Transplantation itself will take many hours, sometimes over several sessions and more than one day, and is done under local anesthetic. Most patients report mild discomfort rather than pain for several days afterwards.
There are two main methods of modern hair transplant – FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant – where strips of hair are harvested from high density areas and transplanted) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction – where groups of 1-4 hairs are extracted, based on the configuration in which they grow naturally, and transplanted). FUE is much more labour-intensive than FUT but can give more natural results and does not have the same reliance on areas of thick density hair to harvest from. It also leaves less scarring, all benefits which make transplant surgery a more viable option for more women than it used to be.
Here at Aspiration Hair, we offer all hair loss treatment options from cosmetic to surgical, so don’t be shy, book your free consultation today and find out how we can help you.