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Posted by Dr. Halaas | on June 18, 2013 »

I was told that hair transplants are just for men. Is this true?

Answer:

Yes and no. The surgeon needs to harvest “donor hairs” from a region of the head that’s resistant to going bald for a transplant to be successful. With men, some areas of the scalp resist DHT, the hormone that causes hair to fall out. On women, this area may not exist and there may not be a donor area that isn’t prone to hair loss elsewhere on the head. That’s why it’s very important for women who are experiencing thinning hair to get thoroughly evaluated by a physician to determine the specific cause of their hair loss.

Some women can have the same great response to hair transplant surgery as men because they experience the same balding pattern. Women with thin hair, bald patches from burns, radiation therapy, or surgical scarring (facelift complications that alter the hairline for example), are also good candidates for transplant surgery. With the technique of follicular unit extraction (FUE), results are full and natural looking. Please call to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Halaas today.

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