How is a hair transplant procedure different for women than for men? Is it basically the same surgery?
Hair Transplant for Women Vs. Men?
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Hair Restoration: Calculating How Many Grafts You’ll Need
The follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure is the same for both men and women but there are different nuances of hair placement and density. Men usually experience classic pattern baldness, better known as male pattern baldness. Hair loss typically begins above both temples, followed by a receding hairline and crown loss. Women typically experience female pattern baldness in which hair thins over the entire head. The differences in hair loss and thinning between sexes also result in varying numbers for total grafts needed for a transplant.
Hair Transplant for Women versus Men
It is essentially the same operation. The donor site is in the back of the head and the technique is identical. The only difference may be where the hair is placed based on different hair patterns of hair loss between men and women.
How is a hair transplant different for a man versus a woman
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Hair Transplants in Women vs. Men
In some ways it is the same, but there are special differences. In women, it is important to be more careful not to damage the existing hairs which are often quite fragile. Also, the goal with women is to moderately fill in areas of thinning, not necessarily restoring the original density.
Hair Transplants in Women
If a woman has traumatic hair loss or a male pattern alopecia, hair transplants can be done as they are done in men. However, most women have diffuse thinning, not pattern loss like men. See a good surgeon to do a careful examination of your scalp and decide if you are a candidate for hair transplants or the Fleming/Mayer flap.
Hair transplant the same for men and women, with certain differences based on hair loss patterns
Men have loss on the front and top of the head-so the sides are the donor areas, since this hair is programmed not to fall out. In women the hair loss is diffuse and therefore, the question is where will the surgeon take the hair from to thicken another area. If the hair loss is traumatic (scar) that is different.
The actual procedures are the same. When women have a high hairline we do not graft this but move the hairline down. This looks much better and is cheaper.
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