Things You've Always Wanted to Know About Hair Transplant Surgery for Women
Aug 14, 2013 - 12:52:40 PM
When a woman suffers from alopecia, decline of body image, embarrassment, and loss of self-esteem and confidence can set in. In a report released by Cancer Nursing, researchers found that many breast cancer patients experience more psychological issues from the loss of their hair than they do the loss of their breast.
Men are not the only candidates for hair loss treatments. Women also have options when it comes to hair restoration. Hair transplants, hairline lowering, and the Tudor hairline are all popular hair restoration techniques for women.
Hair Transplants for Women
Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) is an ideal way to help women regrow their hair. The hairs are taken from the donor site, carefully dissected under a microscope, and then transplanted to the area where balding is prevalent. During one FUG procedure, up to 2,000 grafts are transplanted. Hair does fall out after a few weeks, but the hair follicles begins to grow new hair once the old is shed.
Hairline lowering, also known as hairline advancement, helps lower a high hairline (the Tudor hairline) in women. During this procedure, the hair surgeon can also change the shape of the hairline to make it more rounded and feminine, thus eliminating the so-called Tudor hairline. There are two procedures available to lower a high hairline.
The first involves grafting a large number of hair follicles, 2,800 or more, in one hair transplant. This procedure takes upwards of four to six hours to complete. The transplants occur in front of the hairline and in areas where the hairline is starting to thin. Expect about a week before you're ready for your usual routines. The hair will fall out after a few weeks and then the follicle starts to grow new hair.
The second procedure is a little more complicated. Incisions are made at the front of the hairline and the skin is pulled down to physically lower the hairline. If desired, the hairline lowering surgery can be paired with a brow lift. If the skin is not loose enough to pull down, a tissue expansion process helps expand the skin prior to the surgery. With a tissue expander, an implant is placed under the skin and filled gradually with saline over a period of eight to ten weeks before your surgery. Following the hair lowering surgery, allow a week to heal and expect stitches to come out after seven days. After you've healed, there is a small scar in the hairline that is hard to see.
Dr. Jeffrey Epstein is an expert in hair restoration in both men and women, Read his report on Hair Transplantation in Women to learn about the techniques he uses and see before and after pictures. When you're ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Epstein, call his office at (212) 759-3484 in New York or (305) 666-1774 in Miami.
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