Addressing hair loss in women is more complicated than it is is for men. These complications arise when identifying the hormonal and skin conditions that can affect women’s hair loss because at times certain conditions can make surgical hair transplant in women unsafe. Dr. Darling understands that female hair loss is a delicate situation, which is why takes considerable care into ensuring that a female hair transplant is only recommended when it is deemed as safe and is seen as the best option for treating a woman’s hair loss.
The shape of female hairlines as well as the variety of women’s hairstyles causes the procedures for female hair transplants to be much different from the normal procedures used for men.
Women’s Hair Transplant Procedures
Dr. Darling, with the help of his experience, uses a state-of-the-art and technically skilled approach to provide his patients with successful hair restoration outcomes that meet or exceed their expectations. The shape of female hairlines as well as the variety of women’s hairstyles causes the procedures for female hair transplants to be much different from the normal procedures used for men. Careful consideration of each aspect of female balding must be taken before developing a customized approach to provide for women hair implants that look natural and meet the desired aesthetic outcome of the woman.
An experienced hair transplant surgeon that uses extraordinary technical skill, artistic vision, and has substantial amount of knowledge on women’s hair loss is needed to ensure women get the most natural-looking hair transplant results. Dr. Darling does not pass along or outsource any part of the procedure to a rotating team, but instead is involved throughout every step of the female hair transplant process to ensure the best results. To prevent patients from experiencing discomfort, all hair transplants for women are performed at a fully accredited surgical center to ensure proper sedation during the procedure.
Female Hair Transplant Technique
The shape of the female hairline is quite the opposite of the male hairline. Instead of having a fronto-temporal recession of hair like seen in most men, a woman’s hairline descends downward and is usually rounded. Often female hairlines have a cowlick caused by hair angles that point in a distinct backward-tilting angle. Dr. Darling takes time and consideration to ensure that every recipient site angle is recreated to ensure that the pattern of hair implants in women appears similar to that of a youthful female hairline. He considers additional factors such as the patient’s age, ethnicity, facial features, head shape, and cause of the hair loss experienced to ensure effective two-dimensional and three-dimensional hair restoration results that will also age well over time.
Throughout the course of female hair transplant surgery, healthy hair follicles are harvested in areas of dense growth and are then implanted in areas suffering from hair loss. Harvesting and implanting hair follicles for women can be difficult at times due to female baldness patterns being dispersed more than those seen in men. After hair follicles have been implanted, they will grow in the same way as natural hair would, which allows natural results that blend in well with women’s hair growth patterns and hairstyles. After implantation, it usually takes 4-6 months for transplanted hair to start growing and then 12-18 months for the full effect of the results to be obtained. On average, 95% of the implanted hairs in women will remain permanently in place with a maintained natural look.
To extract hair follicles from the donor site Dr. Darling typically uses follicular unit extraction (FUE), as well as traditional strip or linear harvesting extract hair. The traditional approach usually works best for women due to shaving not being necessary, lower costs, and the incision is easily hidden under long hair. On an individual patient basis, Dr. Darling and his experienced team choose the best harvesting method for the patient’s desired outcomes. Despite which procedure is chosen, Dr. Darling seeks to minimize discomfort and maximize harvest yield, while ensuring nerves and blood supply are protected in hopes of healing better. All harvested grafts are prepared with precision for implantation then expertly implanted to achieve perfect angles, direction, pattern and graft-to-site fit.