Michigan's Most Effective Female Hair Restoration Treatment
Hair Loss Treatments for Women
When you’re a woman with hair loss, it is easy to feel alone. Female hair loss is common, but it isn’t talked about as often as male hair loss. Many women feel embarrassed by their thinning hair and struggle to seek treatment or help. Since hair loss isn’t commonly discussed, like facelift surgery, some women find it difficult to talk with their doctor.
You may feel alone, but know that you are not. By middle age, 40% of women will show signs of female pattern hair loss.
Female Hair Restoration: Insider Tips from the Surgeons at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery
There are many types of hair restoration, but FUE (follicular unit extraction) is considered to be one of the best. This technique removes individual hair follicles, reducing the need for a big incision and improving aesthetic results. Ask your surgeon what method they use for hair transplantation.
Reduce downtime and get back to life sooner after hair transplantation. FUE hair transplantation and other minimally invasive techniques help patients to return to daily activities sooner. Most of our patients experience minimal downtime for recovery.
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Our Michigan plastic surgery specialists understand that the difference is in the details when it comes to achieving your desired results. Visit Dr. Malhotra and Dr. Ballard at our Ann Arbor or Jackson locations to learn more.
What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
Hair loss affects millions of women in the U.S. The problem is almost as common as male hair loss, but it is not as well known.
Many factors can cause hair loss in women, but genetics are a primary factor. If other women in your family have experienced hair loss, watch for it and get treatment as soon as you notice signs.
Factors that may contribute to female hair loss include:
- Excess styling or tight, pulled hairstyles (tight ponytail, cornrows, etc.)
- Thyroid problems
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Medications including birth control, steroids, and anti-depressants
- Hormonal changes including pregnancy and menopause
- Stress or trauma
- Significant weight loss
Hair loss has many causes. Some are easily treated or prevented. Other causes can be more difficult to stop. If you have hair loss, talk with your doctor. They can help you find causes and solutions for this distressing condition.
Signs of Female Hair Loss
Hair loss has a way of sneaking up on you. At first, the signs may be subtle and hard to spot. These will become more pronounced as hair loss continues.
Common signs of hair loss in women include:
- Widening part
- Losing a significant number of hairs each day- 50-100 is typical
- Thinning hair- Many women notice their ponytail becomes thinner.
If you notice thinning hair or any of these signs, take prompt action. Female hair loss is progressive. It is much easier to treat before the condition becomes advanced.
Treatment Options for Female Hair Restoration in Michigan
For moderate to severe hair loss, hair restoration surgery is usually the most effective option. We use FUE for all hair transplantation procedures performed in our Ann Arbor office.
What is FUE? FUE is short for follicular unit extraction. It is a less invasive option for hair transplantation that removes individual hair follicles, rather than a strip of hair and tissue.
The extracted hair follicles are placed into the scalp through small incisions. During healing, they will integrate into the scalp and develop a blood supply. These hairs will grow and style like natural hair. After all, they are your natural hairs, simply relocated from another area to improve your hair pattern.
Patients with mild or early hair loss may achieve good results with a topical or oral medication. We’ll talk with you about potential treatment options during your consultation.
What Happens During Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation is an art. Your surgeon will carefully plan your procedure to utilize the hair you have remaining while maximizing your outcome and results.
Using FUE makes the process much simpler and less invasive than traditional hair transplantation methods. Individual follicles are carefully removed and placed into areas of thinning hair.
- Small areas of the head may need to be shaved, but shaving the entire head is not required.
- The specialized FUE system minimizes hair damage, pulling, and tugging using pneumatic pressure.
- No large incision is needed. FUE minimizes incisions and does not leave long, visible scars.
- Donor areas are hidden to minimize their appearance. For many women, the donor area is low on the scalp, at the base of the hairline on the back of the head. When the hair is down, this area is fully covered and not visible.
As you prepare for surgery, we’ll talk about the procedure in-depth to help you prepare.
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Am I a Candidate for Ann Arbor Hair Restoration for Women?
We encourage patients with hair loss to visit their doctor. Hair loss is often treatable, but the treatments we use are most effective when started early.
We always begin the hair transplantation process with a consultation. If medications or other factors are contributing to your hair loss, addressing these issues is important before treatment. After an exam, we can talk about expected results.
Good candidates for surgical hair restoration:
- Have moderate to advanced hair loss
- Have sufficient remaining hair for transplantation
- Are frustrated by hair loss and want to restore a fuller head of hair
- Are in good overall health
Recovery After Female Hair Restoration
Thanks to modern surgical techniques and less invasive options for hair restoration surgery, our patients are back to life quickly after their procedures.
- Few Activity Restrictions- FUE minimizes downtime and restrictions after transplantation.
- Minimal Time Off- Most of our patients miss a week of work or less.
Transplanted hair behaves much like natural hair and does not require much special care or maintenance. We’ll provide detailed care instructions to follow during the week or two immediately after your procedure, but after you’ve healed, maintenance is minimal.
Female Hair Restoration FAQs
With FUE hair transplantation, you can wear your hair in any style you like, without worrying about scarring. There are no long scars to hide.
Medications and topical treatments can sometimes slow hair loss, but surgery is generally the most effective option. Talk with a plastic surgeon that specializes in female hair loss to explore your options.
Transplanted hairs permanently integrate into the area where they are transplanted, but hair loss can still occur, especially in other areas of the scalp.
FUE extracts individual hair follicles, eliminating long, visible scars that are traditionally associated with hair transplantation.
Transplanted hairs will begin to grow after treatment. Initially, they will fall out, but this is expected. Be patient. After three to four months, hairs will begin to grow and fill in the thinning areas.