Hair loss in women can occur for different reasons, such as hormonal imbalance, stress-induced hair loss because of pregnancy and childbirth, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), anaemia, dying and heat damage. Some kinds of hair loss are reversible. However, many women experience permanent hair loss due to pattern baldness, traction alopecia, and other causes. With a female hair transplant in Turkey, they can permanently restore their hair growth.
Overview Of Female Hair Transplant
Women with permanent hair loss may experience diffuse thinning, bald patches, receding hairlines, and wide part lines. In a hair transplant for women, the surgeon partially or completely shaves the back and sides of the scalp. It depends on the number of grafts the patient needs for adequate coverage.
The harvested grafts are then placed in the balding region. Before performing the surgery, the surgeon takes the thickness of the hair follicle, hair type (curly/straight), and the colour of the skin/hair into consideration. Moreover, when drawing the hairline, the surgeon makes sure that it sits naturally on the patient’s face.
What Is The Cost Of Female Hair Transplant In Turkey?
The cost of hair transplants for women can vary depending on the area you live in and the number of grafts needed. But it is much more affordable in Turkey than in the UK. Surgical fees, hospital fees, and medical equipment costs are lower. Moreover, the government financing of the healthcare industry has further driven down the costs.
In addition, clinics extract the maximum number of follicles in one session to keep the price low. Treatment packages also include hotel accommodation, transfer services, translators, and aftercare for medical tourists.
Who Can Have Female Hair Transplant & Why?
Women with female pattern hair loss (FPHL) can undergo this hair loss treatment since it ensures lifelong results. However, pattern hair loss in females is unpredictable. They may experience recession along the hairline and at the temples. It may begin with the widening of the part-line with progressively thinning hair in the top and crown/vertex region.
A sign of a significant reduction in hair density is that the scalp becomes noticeably visible through the hair. It is rare for a woman to go completely bald as a result of female pattern hair loss. In all these instances, a woman can undergo a hair transplant procedure for their thinning hair.
However, if the female hair loss because of FPHL is diffuse, there may not be a stable donor area on the back/sides of the scalp. These hairs are not resistant to the effects of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). If a patient who has diffuse thinning undergoes a hair transplant, there’s a risk of hair fall even after the transplant. The reason is that these women also have a weak donor area, which is prone to hair fall. Hair transplant surgeons should inform patients when this is the case.
Other than female pattern baldness, you make a suitable candidate for this surgery if you have:
- Traction alopecia from tight hairstyles. It is more common in African women because of hairstyles, such as weaves, cornrows, braids, and dreadlocks.
- Scarring alopecia
- Alopecia areata. An autoimmune condition that results in bald, circular patches.
- Physical trauma (surgical scars, burn injury, accidents)
- Heat/Chemically damaged hair
- Chemotherapy for cancer treatment
Am I Suitable For Hair Transplant?
What To Think About Before You Have Female Hair Transplant
Before settling on a clinic/surgeon offering women’s hair transplants, you need to ask the following questions:
- Is a hair transplant the best treatment option for me?
- How much of my scalp will be shaved for the surgery?
- How experienced is the surgeon in performing hair transplants on women?
- For how many years have they been performing female hair transplants?
- During a female hair transplant, what complications can arise, and how will the surgeon handle them?
- Can I meet a previous patient of the surgeon who had this hair loss treatment?
- What are the overall patient satisfaction rates of the surgeon?
How To Best Prepare for Female Hair Transplant
Before the hair transplant, you need to make the following preparations:
- Stop smoking at least a week before the surgery as it can cause increased bleeding during the hair transplant.
- Do not drink alcohol or take recreational drugs 3 days before the procedure as it also poses a risk of increased bleeding during surgery and slows down the recovery process.
- Do not take anticoagulants 10 days before surgery and stop using topical hair medications like minoxidil.
- Remove all hair systems (wigs, hairpieces, hair extensions) 3 days before the surgery.
What Is The Procedure For Female Hair Transplant In Turkey?
After you arrive at the clinic for the hair transplant, the surgeon will perform a scalp analysis to decide on the donor area. After that, depending on the balding area, the surgeon will either completely or partially shave the healthy donor area. Then to make the surgery pain-free, s/he will inject a local anaesthetic into the donor area. A saline solution is also injected afterwards to puff up the skin for better visibility of the hair grafts. As a result, you may feel tightening at the back of the scalp. From that, a motorized punch tool extracts the grafts.
Once that’s done, micro-incisions are made in the balding areas for the implantation of the follicular units. The surgeon will place the hair follicles in the open channels, one by one, either using forceps or a Choi Implanter pen. After that, the surgeon will lightly bandage the donor area while the recipient areas will remain exposed. The total surgical time for the procedure is 6-8 hours, but it varies on a case-by-case basis.
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Recovery And Results Of Female Hair Transplant
After the hair transplant, you can go back to your home/hotel on the same day. Lie down with your pillows at a 45-degree angle to get some rest. This will help with the post-op swelling. You may also experience bleeding and numbness right after the surgery. At the follow-up appointment the next day, the surgeon will remove the dressing from the donor area. Moreover, s/he will make sure that you’re not experiencing any complications.
It is recommended that you completely rest for 2-3 days after the surgery. Also, if your donor area was shaved partially, you have to tie your hair at the top for 10 days. Some people experience shock loss in the weeks following the surgery in which the hair falls out temporarily. This type of hair shedding is normal. You will start noticing normal hair growth 3-4 months after the surgery. For complete results, you’ll have to wait for a year or so.
Aftercare Of Female Hair Transplant
Do not perform any vigorous physical activity after the surgery. Going to the gym is not recommended for at least a month. It may be difficult for you to expose the shaved donor area, but do not try covering it with wigs, scarves, hats, or caps for 2 weeks. Avoid wearing beanies or woolly hats for a month after the restoration surgery.
Only use the shampoo and lotion provided by the surgeon to wash your hair. And in the meanwhile, do not apply any hair growth products like oils, serums, masks or sprays or dye your hair. You also cannot perm, curl, or straighten the hair for some time.
In addition, avoid direct sunlight as sweating increases the risk of infection. Moreover, the sun can suppress the immune system and slow down the healing process. Make sure to drink lots of water and eat healthy foods to encourage hair growth.
Side Effects to Expect After Female Hair Transplant
After the hair transplant, it’s normal to experience the following side effects temporarily:
- Oedema (swelling)
- Folliculitis and pimples
- Sudden hair loss (shock loss)
The surgeon will prescribe antibiotics, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory medications to you for managing these side effects.
What Could Go Wrong After Female Hair Transplant?
If the donor area was partially shaved, the loose hair poses a risk of dislodging the grafts. So, make sure to tie them as the surgeon advises. You shouldn’t tie it too tightly either, as it can also strain the scalp and permanently damage the results. You can also develop a scalp infection due to poor hygiene, drinking alcohol, smoking, or exposure to dirt or heat.
What To Do If You Have Any Problems After Female Hair Transplant
Although female hair restoration surgery is low-risk, some people can experience post-op complications. In that case, you should immediately call, email, or message the aftercare department for help.
Alternatives to Hair Transplant For Women
Not all women who have female pattern hair loss can undergo a hair transplant. This is so when they’re losing hair diffusely, and even the donor hair is miniaturizing. In this case, to create the illusion of high hair density, they can get a scalp micropigmentation procedure. Other than that, they can consider taking supplements and medications to prevent further hair loss.
Other Procedures to Have with Female Hair Transplant In Turkey
To improve the result of the female hair restoration surgery, one can get platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections right after the surgery. For this, the surgeon will take your blood, so you won’t experience any side effects. Many people choose to get it because the growth factors and proteins present in PRP support the growth of hair follicles by improving blood flow and stimulating collagen production. It can also improve the health of the surrounding hair.
How do I know if I have female pattern hair loss?
Hair loss in women can occur because of different reasons. The symptoms of female androgenetic alopecia can be like other kinds of hair loss. So, to rule out the possibility of other causes of hair loss, you need to get a diagnosis from your general practitioner. S/he may perform a blood test or dermoscopy.
Can women have a hair transplant?
Yes, women can successfully undergo hair restoration surgery.
Are female hair transplants successful?
The hair graft survival rate in female hair transplants is 95%, so the surgery is very successful. However, if it’s diffuse thinning due to female androgenetic alopecia, the patient will lose their new hair even after the surgery. It is because that hair is susceptible to the effects of DHT. In that case, a hair transplant is not very successful and is not recommended.
Is a female hair transplant permanent?
Yes! The results from this female hair transplant are permanent. It’s because the donor hair used for transplantation is resistant to the effects of the DHT hormone.
Does the doctor have insurance that covers female hair transplant in Turkey?
Yes, the surgeon performing your female hair transplant will have insurance against malpractice.
Reviewed and Approved by Dr. Hassan Soueid.