Hair transplant in women

Although the majority of hair transplant procedures are done in men for androgenic baldness, hair transplant is also done quite commonly in women. In Downtown Hair transplant clinic, about 5% of patients are females.

There are mainly three conditions in which females require hair transplant - Female pattern baldness, lowering of hairline and eyebrow reshaping.

Female pattern baldness:

Four types of treatment are done for Female pattern baldness:

Medicines: Medicines are given in females and have a good efficacy. The main medicine that is proven to be effective is Minoxidil. Minoxidil has some disadvantages - it does not work in every case, it has different grades of effectiveness in different persons and it works only for the period it is applied, if it is stopped hair loss again returns to the previous level. It is otherwise very safe but is very toxic for the fetus and absolutely contraindicated in pregnant women and those who are planning for pregnancy. However, overall Minoxidil is an effective medicine and should be used for all females suffering from female pattern baldness. Nutritional supplements or vitamins like Biotin etc are also helpful in recovering hair growth and need to be taken.

Hair transplant:Hair transplant is the gold standard for treatment of baldness as it gives natural hair which lasts throughout life and returns the scalp to its normal hair growing state.

The type of baldness that occurs in females is called female pattern baldness. It is quite different from that of male pattern baldness. In women, baldness has a much lower incidence than in males. And secondly, the pattern of hair loss is completely different. In males, there is a typical shape of the hair loss, with the hair receding primarily in the temple area, or the crown, or both. In females however the hair loss is diffuse, with the hair reducing uniformly all over the scalp. More or less the entire scalp is affected.

Hair transplantation in women is thus different from males. In females, the extraction of the hair, the first part of the procedure, is the same. It is done through FUT (strip method) or FUE just as in males.

But there is difference in planting. In males the hair transplant surgeon is concerned primarily with creating a hairline and then increasing the density progressively behind it. In females, the concern is primarily with increasing the density of hair. While doing this, the surgeon is careful to see that the front portions of the scalp are given more hair as this is after all the portion that is most visible.

There are some technical differences - females naturally will not allow any trimming of hair and so the new hair follicles have to implanted between existing long hair which can often be a challenge and is more time consuming. Also as a larger area of the scalp is to be covered by hair, more local anesthetics have to be given. The angle of the hair to the skin is also different in females. But overall, hair transplantation is very effective for female baldness also and is satisfying and fruitful for the patient.

Lowering the hairline:

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This is also something that is often asked for by women coming to the Downtown Hair Transplant Clinic. Many women feel they have too high a hairline and their forehead appears too big when their hair is pulled back. They are thus unable to use some hairstyles.

Hair transplant is a very effective solution for this. A new hairline lower down as per the patient's wishes can be created as is done in male pattern baldness. The female hairline is shaped differently than the male and is more rounded, this of course has to be followed. Once this difference is kept in mind, an excellent new hairline can be created for the patient at a lower level.

Eyebrow reshaping:

This is the third common requirement for females. Often the eyebrows can be very thin and unsatisfying - this may occur due to overplucking, use of bad quality eyeliners, genetically from birth, with age, due to trauma, due to conditions like hypothyroidism, etc.

Hair transplant can be used to solve this problem also. Hair transplant from the scalp itself is used but here, temporal hair or occipital hair, ie, hair from the region above the ears or low down in the head at the back, is used as it is of the same texture. The hair is then planted with very high density into the eyebrow area and the eyebrow is shaped.

Since the hair is from the scalp, it will continue to grow long and the hair has to be trimmed regularly about once every 7-10 days. But usually in about two years, growth will be the same as other eyebrow hairs and trimming is not required. About 200 hairs are used for each eyebrow generally.

Besides these three main requirements for female hair transplant, there can be other individual causes such as hair loss due to burns, Hansen's disease, etc.

Overall, hair transplantation is a very successful procedure for women also and can be a big boon for those whose hair loss has sapped their strength and confidence.

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Quality assuarance

Arogyam Hair Transplant Clinic takes several steps to ensure that quality is maintained for each and every patient. The key to quality maintenance is to implement quantizable quality standards and maintain proper documentation and review of processes. Downtown Hospital is an ISO 9001:2008 and NABH accredited hospital which demands strict adherence to quality control.Steps taken are:

Safety assurance: all procedures are done in the main OT of Downtown Hospital with its full complement of anesthesiologists and critical care specialists. Hence patients are assured of full safety standards at the same level as that of major surgeries including transplant surgeries. 

Sterilization assurance: since procedures are done in the major OT full sterilization is maintained. Fumigation is done every week and swab tests are done to check for contamination.

Best instrumentation: Arogyam Hair Transplant Clinic uses the best available instruments like 6X Heine Loupe for precision and accuracy, Blunt Titanium punches which avoids damage and transection of the Follicular Units, Choi implanters to standardise the process of planting and prevent damage during planting, Major OT level sterilization, fumigation and autoclaving of all instruments, etc.

Efficiency count: Efficiency counts for FUE like transection rates and speed of transplant are noted and documented for each case and reviewed every 10 cases. Arogyam Hair Transplant achieves international standards of transection and speed consistently.

Counting trays: Counting trays are used to contain the follicular units and all patients are given photographs on their mobiles which they can use to easily count the number of follicular units taken out so that they can be sure that they have received the correct number of FU's.

Dr. P. J. Mazumdar is the first and only American Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and all procedures are done following the ethical and technical guidelines of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. As such, patients can be assured of receiving full professional care as per International standards approved by the ABHRS and ISHRS.

Correct recepient density: To ensure correct recepient density, 'density stamps' are used to ensure proper density is achieved. Angle and direction of hair is meticulously maintained.

Out of body time: The out of body time, the time for which the follicular unit is outside the body, is the most critical factor for success in hair transplant. Aroyam Hair Transplant follows a special procedure to ensure that this time is the minimum. This is done by doing only 1000 follicular units at a time and then replanting them. This ensures that time out of body is less than or equal to1 hour only. This is the shortest period acheivable. Many centers do upto 2000-2500 follicular units at a time so that time out of body goes upto 4-5 hours. We are proud of our time out of body quantum. Though this may cause some sacrifice of time but results are more important.

Follow up: follow up period is critical for the patient when there are many doubts and anxieties in his mind. In our clinic, Dr. P. J. Mazumdar will remain always accessible to the patient directly on his personal mobile for any questions the patient may have during this period.   

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