Female Hair Transplant Surgery – Portland OR
Women do not experience hair loss the same as men and require an experienced surgeon who understands the proper approach and available techniques and therapies.
The most common causes of female hair loss that justify hair restoration surgery are genetic and trauma.
Genetic Female Hair Loss: Women experiencing genetic hair loss typically start losing their hair after menopause and lose their hair in a diffuse pattern, rather than in the distinct male pattern baldness that can result in a bald appearance.
Although the hair loss is diffuse the hair density on the sides and the back of the head remains reasonable dense. Depending on the extent of the hair loss Dr. Fallon will evaluate whether follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit donor strip extraction (FUT) is the best approach. For minor hair loss FUE may be the best option, but if the hair loss is more extensive strip excision is often a more efficient method.
When implanting the grafts it is important that the surgeon is precise when working between the thinning hair and not disturb or damage the existing hair. It should be known that it is normal to experience some shedding after the transplant but the hair normally regrows along with the newly transplanted hair in 8-12 weeks.
Traction Alopecia: This is a traumatic hair loss that is typically caused by tight braiding, tight pony tails and hair weaves. If this happens, it’s best to choose hairstyles that put less tension on hair. The sooner this is done the better to avoid permanent damage. Some times steroid injections and Rogaine can help minimize the damage.
If the damage is permanent hair transplant surgery has been proved to be a very effective method for correcting this hair loss.