Hair restoration in San Fransisco isn’t just for men. Women can also suffer the psychological and social consequences of thinning hair and the same procedures that are effective for men can also work for women. At The Maas ClinicTM in San Francisco, we offer state-of-the-art hair restoration procedures that offer natural, permanent results with minimal discomfort and downtime involved. With different techniques, we can also customize hair restoration solutions for each of our patients, ensuring a positive outcome no matter what your specific hair loss concerns might be.

Women and Hair Loss

Hair loss in men and women typically develops as a result of androgenetic alopecia, a progressive condition caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen related to testosterone. In individuals who are genetically susceptible, DHT may bind to the hair follicles and cause them to shrink and weaken in a process known as miniaturization, leading to a gradual thinning and loss of hair. Although androgenic alopecia is usually associated with men, women are not immune to the problem and they can be just as negatively impacted – if not more so – when it does occur.

Androgenic alopecia is caused by genetic and hormonal factors and cannot be prevented, which means that if a female member of your family has dealt with thinning hair or alopecia, you are more likely to do so as well. In women, hair loss tends to be a more complex issue as it may often be attributed to other issues such as a medical condition or hormonal imbalance.

Since hair loss in women can be more complicated, identifying any underlying cause is an important first step in the restoration process. When women experience hair loss, it is often more diffuse, meaning that female balding patterns are typically non-uniform; thinning occurs throughout the scalp, which can make it difficult to find a stable donor site for hair transplantation. As a result, treating hair loss in women can be more challenging, but not impossible, and requires the skill and expertise of the specialists at The Maas ClinicTM in San Francisco.

Hair Transplantation For Women

Hair transplantation is the process of transferring hair from a stable donor site of unaffected hair follicles to the location of thinning. When women experience hair loss, it is often more diffuse, meaning that female balding patterns are typically non-uniform. Thinning tends to occur throughout the scalp, which can make it difficult to find a stable donor site for hair transplantation. As a result, treating hair loss in women can be more challenging, but not impossible, and requires the skill and expertise of the specialists at The Maas ClinicTM in San Francisco.

For women that are good candidates for the procedure, the same hair restoration treatments that have proven effective in men can be successful in female patients as well. The unique challenges faced by women with non-uniform balding are identifying any underlying causes of alopecia and locating a stable donor site. If a surgeon transplants hair from a donor site that is experiencing thinning, this effect will be seen in the treatment area as well. Women that are ideal candidates for a hair transplant are those who experience hair loss due to:

  • Androgenic alopecia, or genetic hair loss caused by DHT, with available stable donor sites.
  • Traction alopecia, or mechanical hair loss, as a result of repeated pulling or tugging. This is commonly seen in women who wear ponytails or braids that are too tight.
  • Distinct pattern baldness such as vertex thinning (seen on the top of the head) or hairline recession, in which the hair loss follows a discernible pattern that leaves donor sites unaffected.
  • Alopecia Marginalis, or hair loss that is largely confined to the hairline and temples and often results from continual traction caused by braids and hair extensions.
  • Surgical procedures such as facelifts, brow lifts and other facial procedures that involve incisions along the hairline.
  • Trauma or injury, such as burns and scarring that affect hair growth.

At The Maas ClinicTM, we recognize the complexity of female hair loss and evaluate each patient carefully to determine if a hair transplant is a viable treatment option. Once Dr. Maas has determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, he will go over your options and explain the different techniques. Although a hair transplant for women requires the skill and expertise of a specialist such as Dr. Maas, this procedure can be performed in office under local anesthesia, which means minimal discomfort and downtime for you.

Hair Transplantation Options

Hair transplantation in the United States dates back to the 1950s and techniques have steadily become more advanced, increasing in effectiveness and comfort. When a hair transplant is expertly performed with care and precision, patients receive high-quality results that exceed their expectations. Dr. Maas has years of experience in treating both men and women and understands the nuances of hair loss and treatment options. For women that are eligible for a hair transplant, there are a few techniques that can be used — the Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT), also known as the strip method, or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which transfers hair follicles individually. Regardless of the method used, in any type of hair transplantation process, your doctor must identify and select the donor area from which healthy hair follicles will be taken.

For men, this location is often at the back of the scalp where hair is at its densest. This can also be true for women that notice thinning hair around the hairline or their natural part. The hair can be removed by each individual follicle using the FUE method, or from small groups of follicles in a single narrow strip from the scalp using the FUT method. No matter which technique is used to remove the hair from the donor site, the follicles will be introduced to the treatment area one at a time. If the removal is performed via FUT, the follicles will be separated before they are implanted into the area of the scalp in need of hair restoration. The implant procedure can be performed with a needle, minimizing incisions and visible scarring after the procedure.

When performing the transplant procedure, it is essential to select a specialist such as Dr. Maas because the surgeon needs to be mindful that the hairs are placed at the proper angle to produce a natural result. This requires taking into account the shape of the hairline, growth patterns and diffuseness of hair loss. For example, in contrast to the typical male hairline, women tend to have a rounded hairline that descends downward. The best results are dependent on your selection of an experienced surgeon for your hair transplant procedure. Dr. Maas will painstakingly place each follicle into the scalp using just the right angle to ensure the hair lies properly on the head for attractive styling and a natural appearance overall.

FUT, or the strip method, harvests healthy hair follicles in strips to imitate the natural pattern of hair growth. Once a strip is removed, the hair follicles are individually divided before Dr. Maas carefully transplants them one at a time into areas affected by hair loss. FUE, or a follicular transfer, is one of the most popular methods of modern hair transplantation. This technique harvests hair follicles individually from donor sites using minimally invasive NeoGraft and SmartGraft devices for improved results and enhanced patient comfort. Harvested hair follicles are then individually transplanted into areas of the scalp experiencing hair loss.

A hair transplant procedure can take many hours to complete as the process is slow and precise. Dr. Maas carefully harvests and transplants healthy hair follicles to ensure minimal scarring and natural-looking results. Once the procedure is over, you will be able to return home to recover in your own comfortable surroundings.

You will be asked to refrain from washing your hair for about 48 hours to allow time for the scalp to begin healing. Combing and blow drying will be discouraged for longer to prevent any disruption of the new follicle transplants.

Hair Transplantation Results

Modern hair transplantation techniques produce natural-looking results that blend in seamlessly to mimic natural patterns of hair growth. It can take three to six months for transplanted follicles to start producing hair, but once the area is fully healed and the transplants “take,” your hair will start to grow the same way in the newly placed follicles as it does on the rest of your scalp. You will be able to cut and style your hair as if the placement was completely natural.

In most cases, the results of a hair transplant will be permanent, allowing you to forgo additional procedures to maintain your results.

For women, loss of hair can be even more socially devastating than it is for men. Fortunately, treatments are available to restore female hair and restore confidence while enhancing a woman’s appearance. To learn more, contact The Maas ClinicTM today at (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email.

The information about hair transplant for women was reviewed by Corey S. Maas MDTM. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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