Is a woman with frontal fibrosing alopecia a candidate for hair transplant?

I am a woman with frontal fibrosing alopecia.I was diagnosed in 2006 and have lost 1 1/2-2 inches of hairline and all sideburns.I take 5mg finestride daily ,topical Aczone in am and topical Ellidel in pm and use Men's Rograine (used Women's Rograine for several years but did nothing). AM I a candidate for a hair transplant or would it fall out as well?

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A hair transplant surgery is NOT generally recommended for patients with frontal fibrosing alopecia.

A hair transplant surgery is NOT generally recommended for patients with frontal fibrosing alopecia.

In general PROPECIA (finasteride) is not recommended for women.

You need to follow up with your doctor for these questions and issues.

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Is a woman with frontal fibrosing alopecia a candidate for hair transplant?

Thank you for your question

Loss of hair is a natural process when it is between the limits that the body can restore them. When the capacity of the body to restore the hair loss is beaten by the excessive hair loss then we can name this situation something that should be treated. Women started to experience balding even more in the last 2 decades. It is getting more and more common also in women population. However it is also good to know that this problem is also treatable when it is present in women.

To obtain alive hair follicles implanted in higher rates, the latest technique being used is not the only manner, it is also affected by compliance of implantation area that we found a better way to improve as a result of our researches, The Organic Hair Transplantation. By this new and unique Organic Hair Transplantation Technique, before the extraction and implantation processes; we regenerate the implantation area with injection of stem cell enriched fat tissue. Regeneration of cells in target area before FUE transplantation with the support of stromal stem cells results in higher rate of alive thicker hair follicles.

Organic Hair Transplantation is a surgical technique that moves individual hair follicles from a part of the body called “donor site” to bald or balding part of the body known as the “recipient site”. Grafts containing hair follicles that are obtained from genetically resistant to balding area transplanted to the bald scalp by latest minimally invasive technique. One of the most important reasons of the hair loss is the decreased quality of the scalp. Therefore to make the only transplantation would provide only a limited benefit without improving the quality of the scalp. In the “Organic Hair Transplantation”

frontal fibrosing alopecia

 frontal fibrosing alopecia is a disease that often causes hair transplants to fail so this means that you would not be a good candidate for a hair transplant

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Will hair transplant work for fibrosing alopecia

We usuallyy do not recommend hair transplant for active fiberosing  alopecia, as it doesn't work. If it is inactive and has been for a long time, you can have a hair loss specialist do a few grafts as a test to see if it works. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Hair transplant will not work

Fibrosing alopecia is a soil problem -- it is a problem with the scalp.  The scarring destroys the hair follicles, causing hair loss. Unfortunately, grafting new hair in to the area will have the same result. The finesteride is not doing anything for you either.  Unless you can get the disease under control, it may continue to progress.

Robert S. Houser, DO
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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