Michigan's Most Effective Female Hair Restoration Treatment
Hair Loss Treatments for Women in Michigan
When you’re a woman with hair loss, it is easy to feel like you are losing your femininity. Female hair loss is very 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 isolated, 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.
A hidden hair donor technique is used to minimize downtime. FUE hair transplantation and other minimally invasive techniques help patients to return to daily activities sooner. Most of our patients can resume most activities within a few days.
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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, an early evaluation by a dermatologist may be useful.
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. We recommend a consultation with a dermatologist for all females experiencing hair loss.
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. 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.
What Happens During Hair Restoration for Women in Michigan?
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 a dermatologist first. 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. 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 few days of work or a weekend off.
Transplanted hair behaves like natural hair and does not require special care or maintenance. We’ll provide detailed care instructions to follow during the week or two immediately after your procedure.
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.
Some hairstyles can place strain on the hair, sometimes causing it to fall out. Tight ponytails, cornrows, and other styles that pull at the hair often contribute to hair loss. You’ll have many options available for styling your hair, but we encourage you to seek out styles that are not overly tight.
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.
Whether surgery or medication is your best option, our team will guide you to effective treatments for restoring your hair and your confidence after female hair loss.
Transplanted hairs permanently integrate into the area where they are transplanted, but hair loss can still occur, especially in other areas of the scalp. Your dermatologist will help identify any lifestyle or medication changes that can enhance your results.
FUE extracts individual hair follicles, eliminating long, visible scars that are traditionally associated with hair transplantation.
Most procedures for women are around 1200 grafts and cost between $6000 and $8000. Many variables impact treatment costs, and we want to be accurate so you can effectively plan. We provide each patient with a detailed estimate at their consultation.
If we use the FUE method for your procedure, each graft costs an average of $5 to $7.
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.
Our Michigan patients tell us that they are delighted by the increased density of the hair we can achieve after a hair restoration.
Modern hair transplantation techniques minimize the discomfort and pain associated with hair replacement surgery. Many of our patients do not need prescription pain medication and ease any discomfort after their procedure with over the counter medications like Tylenol.
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery proudly offers a hair growth promise for our female hair loss treatments in Ann Arbor, unless your medical condition makes success less likely. Contact our office for more information about this valuable guarantee.
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery provides comprehensive aesthetic treatments for our patients living in Michigan and throughout the United States. We help women with hair loss and many other aesthetic complaints. Whether you want to restore your body after baby with a mommy makeover or add a little volume to your breasts with breast augmentation, our skilled plastic surgeons look forward to helping you look and feel your best.