You are not alone
Hair loss can be a major cause of appearance anxiety women too. In fact, it’s more common than you think. Over 50% of women will experience at least some hair loss, and as with men, this is especially true after 50. The most common cause is female-pattern hair loss (FPHL). In extreme cases, complete baldness can occur. Surgical options are unattractive to many and medicinal options won’t work for everyone. Now there’s NeoGraft FUE hair transplants for women. Completely safe and natural-looking, with no scarring.
It might be your only option
Medications like Propecia (Finasteride) or topical treatments such as Rogaine (Minoxidil) are made only for men. Due to the way these compounds and medications work, they not only are unlikely to work for women, but could have very adverse side effects.
Hair Loss Among Women – Dirty Secret No Longer
Women too, experience hair loss for a number of reasons, including female pattern baldness. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, by the age of forty, 40% of women will have visible hair loss. To make matters worse, while our society is very accepting of men taking measures to preserve or restore their hair, female hair loss is almost a shameful secret. Many women fear to even speak to a professional about the problem. At the same time, there’s a huge market for ‘volume-adding’ hair products. The prevalence of these products alone should be enough to tell you that if you’re a woman suffering from hair loss, you are not alone. Not by a wide margin.
Finally, the medical treatments that are available to men, such as medications like Propecia (Finasteride) or topical treatments such as Rogaine (Minoxidil), are not safe for women as they can adversely affect hormone levels. There is one topical treatment that is safe for both men and women, Formula 82M, which we offer here at MagnifaSkin. It does work wonders for some, but everyone is different, and this treatment won’t work for everyone.
Cosmetic Procedures and Hair Restoration
Fortunately, cosmetic procedures of all kinds are becoming more widely accepted and accessed by American adults. Twelve percent of men either have had, or plan to have some form of cosmetic procedure, and this figure is much higher in women, who of course undergo much more social pressure to be physically attractive.
The one area in which this statistic has always been ‘upside-down’ is hair restoration. That is now changing. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2012 (the most recent year for which we have statistics) hair transplant procedures increased by 3% among men, but double that among women. This was the 3rd largest increase in cosmetic procedures among women for that year. Currently, 80,000 American women per year are opting for FUE hair transplants for women.
NeoGraft FUE Hair Transplants for Women vs Traditional Procedures
Many women, and not just a few men, have also been turned off to the idea of surgical hair transplantation, as it leaves a horizontal scar at the back of the scalp (see video on our front page). Of course there’s also the somewhat nauseating idea of having a large area of your scalp cut off with a surgeon’s scalpel and transplanted piecemeal to other areas of your head, leaving even more scars.
Hair plugs are also an unattractive option for many people of both genders. The final appearance of plugs has often been described as ‘doll hair’. The plugs do indeed resemble the small circles of hair which are characteristic of the fake hair on plastic dolls. It’s kind of like sticking a sign on your head that you’ve had a hair transplant. For many, this is no more attractive an option than losing their hair in the first place. In addition, the donor area from which the plugs are extracted may experience significant scarring in some patients.
NeoGraft leaves no scars, the results look completely natural, and a scalpel won’t come anywhere near your sensitive scalp.
NeoGraft will work for almost everyone, and the procedure is equally effective for both men and women. However, some people may not be candidates, or due to genetics or the underlying reason for hair loss, should not expect much improvement.
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What To Expect During the Procedure
The procedure itself is done in two steps. First, we harvest hair follicles from the area at the back of your scalp between your ears. This area is most resistant to male pattern baldness, and the area of the head from which hairs are the last to go.
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FUE Hair Transplants for Women - The NeoGraft Process
During the harvesting procedure, you’ll need to lay face down for between two and four hours. A local anesthetic will be applied to the harvest target area, also called the ‘donor site’. The area also needs to be shaved so only the roots will be extracted. We then use NeoGraft’s state-of-the-art FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction device to remove the required number of hairs. This treatment is so comfortable and pain-free that some patients even fall asleep.
After extraction, we both get to take a short break. Go the bathroom, get something to eat or drink, or check your voicemail.
For this second part of the procedure, you’ll be sitting upright. Once again, the areas to receive the transplanted hairs called the ‘recipient site’, will be anesthetized so there’ll be no pain during implantation.
We’ll have pre-determined your desired hairline and implantation pattern previous to this step so your resulting restored hair will look very natural. You’ll be free to listen to music, watch a movie and talk with those around you. Just relax and enjoy the knowledge that you’ll soon have a much fuller head of hair.
After the procedure, a sterile dressing will be applied to protect the area from possible infection, but you’ll only need this dressing for a short time.
Unlike with traditional transplant procedures which may require up to a week before you’ll be able to return to work, many patients are able to resume their normal routine within two or three days. If it takes a little longer for you, don’t be concerned. Everyone will respond differently and heal at a different rate. Expect little to no discomfort. You can even shower and wash your hair, but you should take care to be gentle with the treated areas.
The donor area will look natural again within a week to 10 days for most patients. It takes only this long for the remaining hair in that area to grow over the areas where follicles were removed. If you don’t want anyone to know you’ve had the procedure, it is recommended that you book a couple of weeks off work. This will be enough time for most people to regain a natural appearance. Once again, though, physical recovery is very quick, so if you don’t mind a few strange looks you can book the procedure for a Friday and safely return to work on Monday.
The new hair follicles will remain in place for a couple of weeks following the procedure, then begin to fall out. Not to worry as this is completely normal and to be expected. The transplant procedure is traumatic to the tissues, but the follicle isn’t dead, just starting a new growth phase. New hair shafts should begin to appear within 3 to 4 months and your new head of hair should look completely natural by 8 to 10 months.
Are your eyebrows gradually disappearing? While men's eyebrows tend to get thicker and bushier as they age, we women often suffer the opposite effect. Eyebrows that were once full and well-defined gradually thin to the point where our 'eyebrows' are more pencil than brow. Neograft can give you back your full brows, or even leave you with thicker brows than you ever had.
What Are the Potential Risks?
Most of the risks associated with traditional transplant procedures, including bleeding, scarring, extensive recovery time, and post-op infections or complications are dramatically lessened with NeoGraft. Most patients experience no issues whatsoever and the vast majority of patients report being ‘satisfied’ to ‘extremely happy’ with the final result.