Can a Person with No Hair Loss Get Hair Transplant?

If someone (a woman) naturally has thin hair without loss over time, and wants fuller and  thicker hair, would she be a good candidate for Hair transplant?

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Can a Person with No Hair Loss Get Hair Transplant?

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Only a small % of women that I see in my practice are good candidates for hair transplants, due to the fact that it's typically diffused thinning all over.

Another area of concern would be if you have no hair loss, when you make the incisions in the recipient area, you are at risk of damaging the existing hair follicles. Often times you will have a net loss.

We would want to look at the scalp and follicles under magnification to determine if this would be worthwhile for the patient.

Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 128 reviews

Transplant for thin hair in women

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assuming your scalp is healthy and you have good hormone balance there is no problem with using your own hair to add density in specific areas or even across a large area. This can be done even if you don't suffer from hair loss but just want to thicken things out.  Again the limiting factor would be the quality of the donor hair and donor site

Can a Person with No Hair Loss Get Hair Transplant?

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A hair transplant procedure can only increase the number of hairs within a given region of your head. They cannot enhance the thickness of your hair. The thickness/texture of your hair shafts is determined by the DNA in your hair follicles.

The way a hair transplant works is really by transferring hair follicles from one region to another. With women, the only place to get these follicles is from the head itself. Some women develop bald spots due to hair extensions.

So hair follicles from other regions are inserted into these bald areas. But if you have thin hair all over, there would be no point in transferring these hair follicles to other regions if you are aiming for a fuller and thicker end result.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Hair Thickening with Hair Transplant in Women. Possible? Yes and No.

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about 30% of my practice is female hair restoration. I would say in your condition, i.e., someone who does not have thinning hair but just wants it thicker, I can get a successful outcome for you based on these limitations:

1. How thick your hair is. The thicker the hair, particularly in the donor area, the easier for me to achieve a thicker hair result in the tranpsplanted zone.

2. Curl. Although density can be easily achieved with straight hair, some curl can help.

3. Targeting zones. As i have described in other responses, adding hair in a T or L pattern following either central part or lateral part plus forelock I find to be the best way to thicken selective regions of the female head to maximize styling. Just sticking hair everywhere usually leads to a disappointed patient.

4. Obviously, realistic expectations and nothing can substitute for a consultation with me or an experienced hair transplant surgeon to determine your candidacy.

i have enclosed a nice video testimonial from a patient who in fact in her case was losing hair.

(one more thing: female hairline lowering is also something that i do in non-balding women btw.)

Sam Lam, MD, FACS
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon

Female Hair Loss

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Women can lose hair in different patterns and for different reasons. Traction alopecia (which is hair loss due to pulling the hair back in a tight bun) if usually in the front and the sides and can be addressed with hair restoration. If a woman is losing hair in the front or the front and the top, but the sides and the back have fairly good density, then she would also be a candidate for hair restoration. When a woman is losing hair (thinning) diffusely to include the entire scalp, then it cannot be addressed with hair restoration. A small percentage of women with universal thinning have thyroid problems and this can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If the hair thinning is due to the thyroid it may be stabilized or improved with treatment of the underlying thyroid problem. Yo should seek an experienced hair restoration physician. Be sure to ask questions, state your goals and he/she should examine you directly (that is, not a consultant or salesperson before the doctor) and tell you whether yours is the type of pattern that may be treated with hair restoration. Hair transplantation is quite effective for women when it is done for the right indication. Ask to see before and after photos of patients and possibly to talk with other women who have had the procedure.

Theodore Katz, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon

Hair transplants for thinning hair

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No, hair transplant for generalized thinning is not a reasonable approach; however scalp micorpigmentation works well for generalized thinning, see below

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

#hairtransplant for general #hairloss and thinning in women

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sinve hair needs to be harvested from one area to be implanted into another area, if hair is thinned out every where then hair transplant is not recommended. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 29 reviews


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A man or woman can improve follicle density with the addition of hair follicles via hair transplant.  The hairs transplanted will retain the quality of the donor site.  

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

You need a good donor hair for hair transplant surgery.

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You need a good donor hair for hair transplant surgery.  If you have thin hair all around, hair transplant may not be an option.  Scalp MicroPigmentation may be an option.  You can see examples in the VIDEO

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Female Hair Thinning Alternatives

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With thinning hair an exam by a hair expert would be prudent to rule out many possible causes. This usually includes a good history,exam, pull test, and possibly blood work. 
There is a new Rogaine 5% foam for female pattern hair loss that is very effective.PRP injections also have been reported to be effective.

  Hope this helps.

Jeffrey Rapaport, MD
Englewood Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

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