Female hair transplants have become more and more common amongst women due to the recently developed treatment techniques. Treatments have become more accessible and cost-effective and less invasive as well. While the old FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) method left sizable scars between the area spanning between the two ears, the current FUE and DHI methods provide healthier results without any scarring and a much healthier healing process.
Female Hair Transplant Costs
In recent times, patients have opted to travel abroad for reconstructive and cosmetic procedures due to the amalgamation of high quality and lower price-point. Specifically care-oriented institutions, such as ourselves, provide all transitional services such as hotel and on-land transportation as well, thus bringing about a well-running system to provide patients with great ease of mind.
Although the cost of transplants vary from country to country, from technique to technique, and external causes such as the quality and certification of the chosen institution, Turkey has become the most popular destination for those seeking to put an end to their hair loss concerns. This is greatly due to the level of expertise gained throughout the years due to having served a great number of patients from both overseas and within the country. Techniques have developed to a great degree and medical staff have had the opportunity to perfect their craft.
Female Hair Transplant Turkey
Medical care is quite an integral matter in Turkey, hence Turkish medical professionals constantly strive to excel within their fields and gain a higher range of expertise. Although this level of excellence is prominent, another critical factor is that due to the devaluation of the local currency, Turkey also provides a more reasonable price-point for those who wish to undergo cosmetic medical procedures. Being a prominent touristic location as well, Turkey provides prospective patients with the opportunity to enjoy cultural and local touristic opportunities alongside their strive for aesthetic improvements as well.
While individuals generally consider hair transplants to be targeted more towards men, this procedure has become quite popular amongst women as well in the recent years. Due to the contemporary developments which have taken place in recent years, female transplant patients are able to benefit from procedures which run no risk of scarring and provide a much quicker healing period as well. The higher success rate of recent operations has also proven that this procedure is not targeted towards a specific demographic, but rather acts as an opportunity for all who suffer from hair loss to overcome this burden.
The newly developed equipment also means a safer transplant process without the risk of tissue damage
Normally operators use tiny metal-tipped tools to open channels while conducting the FUE procedure. Options also range from Sapphire FUE, and DHI – which is the most highly recommended technique for female patients. The higher precision rate brings about greater success, denser transplantation, and brings about no damage to the existing hairs surrounding the transplant area.
As the procedure is quite non-invasive, female transplant patients can return to their day to day routine immediately after the procedure, upon the removal of bandages. The only limitations that actually come with the procedure is excess care towards physical activity and heavy lifting, as well as sun and water exposure. Besides minor critical details, the patient has the option to easily return to their routine.
Female Hair Transplant
There are numerous reasons why women may require a hair transplant. From vitamin deficiencies to excessive use of chemical products such as hair dye, hair loss has become a common issue amongst women. Some causes of hair loss may include:
Elongated periods of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism sometimes cause hair loss. This type of hair loss is often observed to be diffused amongst the entire scalp. That means that rather than a certain area becoming impacted, the entirety of the scalp suffers loss. Also, some types of medication used in treating severe forms of thyroid problems (carbimazole and propylthiouracil) are suspected to cause hair loss.
Iron deficiency is also a prominent cause of hair loss, particularly in underweight patients or those who do not consume an iron-rich diet. Anaemia prevents oxygen from being sent through the body as efficiently as it should be and stunts hair growth which can ultimately prevent the hair from continually repairing itself, due to a lack of access to blood supply.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Similar to that of an iron deficiency, a diet which is low in vitamin B12 can result in female hair loss. Vitamin B12 can aid the production of red blood cells and the development of the nervous system, and a lack thereof can have a significant impact on natural hair growth. Thus the normal loss of hair as a day-to-day reality can lead to greater issues.
Heat and Chemical Damage
One of the greatest causes of hair loss in women is a result of heat or chemical damage as a result of styling methods and tools. The use of hair straighteners, curlers and hair dryers, alongside bleach and dyes, can cause hair follicles to become damaged and therefore cause hair to fall out. Ensuring that your hair is protected from this when styling is imperative, as once the hair follicles begin to stop growing, the only resolution to reverse such an occurrence is a hair transplant.
Excessive Involuntary Plucking (trichotillomania or trich)
Some individuals may suffer from an irresistible urge to pluck out hair from their scalp or their eyebrows. This aggressive plucking can leave patchy spots that may or may not heal over time. In case the damage does not heal after you get the root issue treated, a hair transplant is an option. Female hair transplantation is a highly effective solution to restore lost hair.
Mostly Hereditary Causes
Androgenetic Alopecia or Female Pattern Hair Loss – Though men’s hairline recedes from sides of the forehead or the crown, women’s hairline usually begins receding from the top of their head in a diffused manner. When diagnosing a patient with female pattern hair loss, it’s important to take family history into consideration as well to better understand their loss pattern.
Doctors often look for blood relatives with a similar history of loss when diagnosing female pattern hair loss. Any female blood relative, especially closely related people such as a mother and daughter both experiencing thinning hair suggests genetically induced female pattern hair loss.
Autoimmune diseases – A blood test is often conducted to rule out hair loss related to autoimmune diseases. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system misguidedly attacks the otherwise functioning hair follicles of the person, whether it be on the scalp hair or any skin carrying hair follicles.
Most patients see improvement
Most patients see improvement in their autoimmune disease symptoms in a year or so, even without treatment. Though previously targeted and attacked hair follicles remain destroyed it is important to conserve and care for remaining hair. Autoimmune elimination of follicles is often accompanied by another disease such as lupus, thyroid diseases, vitiligo or ulcerative colitis. The longer the condition is present, the less likely the affected areas regrow hair spontaneously without any outside influence.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome – our bodies produce hormones associated with both male and female characteristics; these hormones are called androgens. For example, during puberty, females experience a surge in testosterone which stimulates hair growth in visible areas such as armpits among doing other important things. With polycystic ovarian syndrome, the body produces these androgens. This leads to the development of some masculine features, such as excessive hair in places uncommon to women such as the neck, chest, abdomen, or face. Hence, this hormonal disruption sometimes causes hair on the scalp to fall out, especially near the front line. The fallen hair will not grow back on its own due to it being a result of a hormone imbalance. But still, there are ways to stimulate healthier and thicker hair to grow in existing areas and a transplant is a permanent solution for such localised hair loss as well.
How To Prevent Female Hair Loss
Preventing female hair loss is entirely dependent on the initial cause. For example, if the hair loss is a result of genetics, then there may be no cure for this and a permanent solution, such as a female hair transplant, might be the most effective way to move forward. However, if the hair loss happens as a result of excessive styling or a lack of vitamin intake, then you may be able to slow down the process. If you are experiencing early signs of hair loss, you may want to consider the non-invasive PRP therapy, which helps to rejuvenate the scalp, stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth as a temporary solution.
For Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
First and foremost, blood is drawn just like a usual blood examination. Second, the medical team places the blood inside a special solution in a tube. This helps separate plasma from blood cells. Thirdly after placing the blood inside said solution, the medical personnel places the tube inside a centrifuge.
The centrifuge then spins your blood up to 8000 revolutions per minute to simulate a high gravity environment. Your red blood cells separate from your platelets, a type of cell found in the blood. That also has a major role in forming blood clotting properties and the regeneration of cells. Then the team takes the separated platelet-rich plasma in a syringe, and they apply it under your skin to promote rejuvenation.
Once the root cause of your hair loss has been determined with the help of our expert team at esteGrande, then you may want to consider proceeding with a female hair transplant in Turkey, which would help reverse the impact of the hair loss you have experienced.
Female Hair Transplant Results
The success of female hair transplant results rely heavily upon the health of the patient’s donor area. Thicker fuller hair in the donor area is a major factor in receiving good results. The doctor will evaluate your donor area’s health during your consultation and plan a route accordingly to help you overcome the issue.
Before The Operation
If you do happen to be considering a hair transplant as a method to tackle your hair loss, you may seek to do research and understand the process, which is quite understandable. In order to develop a better understanding of the procedure please feel free to continue skimming through the text.
The first step taken before each procedure is to take photographs of the current situation of the hair. These photographs are necessary when mapping out the placement of grafts. Surgeons are specifically focused on providing not only an aesthetic appearance but also a natural looking transplant as well.
Next step after the photography is shaving
In some cases it is recommended for FUE patients to undergo a shave before the procedure to receive better results and ensure a safe transplant. Generally though, no-shave FUE procedures or DHI is more commonly preferred by women.
After this process, photographs are taken once more. These photographs are taken for medical purposes only, not for public publishing.
The Actual Operation
Following these procedures, our medical team will escort you to the operation room. Pre-local anaesthesia and local anaesthesia is applied before the procedure begins.
After the anaesthesia takes effect, a serum solution is injected to the head to part the follicles from one another to ensure no damage occurs to surrounding grafts. This solution also contains a small amount of adrenaline to ensure there is no capillary bleeding as adrenaline narrows blood vessels. This helps with fluid retention and increases the comfort of the healing process for the patient as well.
Following the injection of fluids, the operator begins to use the micrometer extraction device.
This device has a punch diameter of 0.6 to 0.9 mm and makes tiny circular incisions around the follicle without causing damage and also extracts a small amount of the surrounding fatty tissue.
Upon harvesting, the grafts are cleaned and sorted depending on quality and the number of follicles they contain within.
Generally, the patient is then given some time to eat and have a short break.
After the second round of anaesthesia, the grafts are then dispersed to provide the best and most natural results. Depending on the type of the procedure, microchannels may be opened or grafts may be placed inside of Choi Pens. This process takes a great level of care and critical expertise to ensure good results as the angle of inserting the grafts and ensuring not to damage the tissue while transplanting are all very important factors. Making sure to place grafts with the correct angle and direction is quite important.
After the procedure is complete, bandages are applied and the patient is given the night to rest before the first wash and removal of the bandages the following day. During the washing session, the patient is also given additional materials and aftercare supplies to use while healing and also given instructions for aftercare as well.
When will my hair start growing back?
It usually takes around 3 to 6 months to start seeing results. You will most likely see the final results at around 18 months after the operation.
My transplanted hair is falling off all of a sudden; what do I do?
This is completely normal, and you should not be worried about it. It’s called shock loss. This happens to around 1-5% of patients, almost always without long-term problems whatsoever.
My head is itchy, can I scratch it?
If you’re in the first 7-14 days you shouldn’t scratch your head at all. Since scratching can remove your freshly implanted grafts. After this period, you can start light massages during showers; this will also help get rid of bloodiest and crusting.