Hair transplantation has gained a lot of popularity among those experiencing hair loss because of its ability to recreate a natural, full head of hair. But it’s not a solution made just for male pattern baldness or one that’s available only for men. More and more women are also getting hair transplants to combat thinning hair.
Hair transplants for women may seem like a novel idea, but it’s actually one that has developed significantly over the years and is fast becoming a preferred hair loss solution for both men and women.
Why Hair Transplants?
The process of hair transplantation involves transferring hairs from one area of a person’s head called the ‘donor site’, to the area where there is thinning hair called the ‘recipient site’. The donor site is often at the back of the head or somewhere that is not as visible or evident as the recipient site. Because it uses the person’s own hair, the result looks very natural, and the care and maintenance afterwards entails nothing more than a person’s regular hair care regimen.
Hair transplants can help women regain lost hair volume, lower their hairline and improve their overall appearance, consequently making them feel more confident and carefree.
How Are Hair Transplants Done?
There are two main types of hair transplant procedures, both of which require local anesthesia. The first is follicular unit transplantation (FUT), where healthy hair follicles are harvested from the donor site by extracting a thin ellipse of the hair bearing scalp, and closing the area with sutures. This leaves a thin linear scar, but it will not be visible as it will be tucked away under permanent hair. This procedure also does not require the trimming of donor hair, so you don’t have to worry about shortening your hair or scars showing through.
The second type of hair transplant surgery is called follicular unit extraction (FUE), and it involves extracting individual hair follicles directly from the donor areas. This will require trimming regions of the donor area to better see how the hairs exit the scalp surface, but will keep majority of your hair intact so the harvested areas will not be seen once your hair grows back.
Hair transplant surgery can take anywhere between 4 to 8 hours, but will be relatively comfortable since it is performed under local anethesia. Because there is mild sedation involved you may need someone to assist you or transport you home afterwards.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Most who undergo female hair transplant surgery are concerned that their hair will look unnatural or an obvious result of surgery. On the contrary, hair transplants can look incredibly natural, but this greatly depends on your chosen hair transplant surgeon. An expert hair transplant surgeon will know how to position each strand precisely to replicate your natural hair growth. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, you can expect seamless, beautiful, very natural looking results.
Although hair transplantation is a relatively low-risk procedure, there may be some side effects such as temporary thinning. This is called ‘shock loss’, and it occurs due to the temporary trauma from the micro-incisions made on the scalp. Not to worry however, as the thinning wil pass and new hairs will grow and become more evident around 6 months after surgery. Other side effects, such as swelling and decreased sensitivity on top of the head are likewise temporary.
Is Hair Transplant Surgery the Right Hair Loss Treatment for You?
As effective and natural-looking as hair transplantation may be, it isn’t available for everyone. In order to be considered a good candidate for hair transplant surgery, you must have a sufficient amount of healthy donor hair and the right type of hair. The kind of hair loss you have can also be a factor.
To find out if you are a suitable candidate for a hair transplant in Australia, visit us at Transitions Hair. A qualified Transitions consultant will speak with you and carefully assess your situation before scheduling a hair transplant in Sydney for you, or recommending a more appropriate solution. Visit us or give us a call on 1300 427 778 today.