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Female Hair Loss FAQ

Q recently i saw an ad for a vitamin supplement that stops hair loss in women with restoration of the lost density. can a vitamin really do this? i reside in the suburbs of new york city.

While it sounds like a simple solution, it is not. Vitamins cannot regrow your hair or stop hair loss. What they can do is increase the quality of your hair and give the impression of thicker, fuller hair.

Q i am an african american woman 41 years of age who would like an eyebrow transplant restoration procedure. i have extremely curly hair. can my type of hair be successfully used or will it curl inward causing problems? currently i reside in new york city.

While a hair transplant does indeed move the hair, it does not change the texture of the hair. Depending on how short you keep your brows, they may be manageable although it will be hard to say without seeing you in person.

Q i am a woman in my late 30s with straight eyebrows and sparse hair from over plucking. can an eyebrow transplant be performed to fill the sparse areas and also create an arch? i reside in new york county.

Eyebrows frame the face and complete your look which is probably why we are seeing so many patients come to us for eyebrow transplants lately. We can create a beautiful, natural shape in just a couple of hours and the hair is permanently in place.

Q i am a 42-year-old female with large amounts of thinning hair. is hair transplant surgery an option for women?

Yes. More and more women are experiencing natural hair restoration results with transplant surgery. It is important to visit a hair loss expert specializing in female hair loss because female hair loss is not treated the same way as male hair loss. At the consultation you should also be examined to make sure you are an ideal candidate and that you have a sufficient donor hair supply.

Q i’m in my early 30s, why am i experiencing hair loss?

Reasons for female hair loss vary, but some include hormone imbalances, changes in diet, stress, and genetics. To determine the main cause of your particular hair loss I advise that you visit a local hair loss expert specializing in female hair restoration for a consultation. There you can both decide which treatment option is best for you.

Q will there be any visible scarring from the hair transplant procedure?

Any scarring that results from the transplant procedure will be covered by new hair growth. Therefore, any scarring will remain mostly undetectable.

Q i am scared of general anesthesia and i know it is silly, but i’m afraid i will never wake up. can i undergo hair restoration surgery without general anesthesia?

Local anesthesia is most commonly used in hair restoration surgery, especially with the minimally invasive FUE (follicular unit extraction) method, without a problem. You will be awake and alert during the procedure with local anesthesia numbing the scalp so you will not feel any pain. The only discomfort you may feel is with the initial injection of the numbing agent. Overall, hair transplant surgery is a painless procedure and you should be made to feel as comfortable as possible.

Q are there any non-surgical treatments available for female hair loss?

Minoxidil (more commonly known as Rogaine) has been known to affectively stimulate hair regrowth in women. It is recommended that women only use the 2 percent concentration, however some physicians do prescribe 5 percent concentration to their patients and keep a close observation. Low-level laser light therapy has also been shown to dramatically treat diffuse hair loss, or Alopecia, in women. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Halaas today to discuss the cause of your hair loss and the treatment methods that would be most effective for you.

Q i color and style my hair all the time. my friend told me that the more i color my hair, the more likely i am to have hair loss. is this true?

There is no connection between hair coloring and hair loss. Since hair color is not absorbed into the scalp, it cannot reach hair follicles to damage them. However, you may be experiencing hair breakage and confusing this for hair loss. If this is the case, I would recommend only using only well-known hair coloring products or switching to a product with more natural ingredients to minimize hair breakage.

Q how common is female hair loss?

Female pattern hair loss occurs in about 50 percent of women by the time they turn 50 and it is the most common type of hair loss in women. The condition is also known as Alopecia and it causes about 95 percent of hair loss from the scalp. Even though there is no known prevention, the good news is that women with female pattern baldness are great candidates for permanent hair transplant surgery.

Q the hair on the top of my scalp has thinned so much that you can almost see through it, but the rest of my hair is its normal thickness. can hair restoration surgery help fill in the top of my head?

Pattern hair loss is completely treatable with hair restoration surgery. Your unaffected hair that you describe as being its “normal thickness” is known as the stable donor area and it is used to help fill in your thinning scalp. To make sure that you are indeed an excellent candidate for hair restoration surgery, please schedule a consultation with a hair transplant surgeon specializing in female hair restoration with who you feel comfortable.

Q i recently had a facelift that left the sides of my face hairless, it’s embarrassing. is hair restoration surgery an option for me?

It is very common for female patients who have had a facelift to experience hairline displacement, scarring, or loss of sideburns. Hair restoration cannot only repair your hairline, but it can also mask unsightly scarring left behind from facelift complications. The results are so natural looking that you can even wear your hair in a bun!

Q i was in a car accident that left a large scar on my scalp that won’t grow hair. can i get a hair transplant to cover the scar?

Yes. You are a great candidate for hair transplant surgery. By utilizing the FUE (follicular unit extraction) method, hair can be discretely removed from the donor area with minimal scaring and strategically transplanted on and around the scar tissue. Although this may require more than one session, natural looking results can be achieved.

Q i’m young, i just turned 32, and i’m healthy, i just had a baby, so why should i be experiencing hair loss?

Post-partum hair loss is common and it may be the reason for your hair loss. However, it could also be due to other obstetric and gynecologic conditions. Please revisit your OBGYN for an exam. If this is not the reason, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Halaas to determine the cause of your hair loss so you can be treated appropriately.

Q is female hair loss hereditary?

More often than not, female hair loss is hereditary. However, hair loss in women can also be caused by other medical conditions or medications, diet changes, and stress. If you are starting to experience hair loss, please schedule a consultation with a specialized hair loss expert who understands female hair loss. Here you can determine the cause of your hair loss and begin treatment.

Q i lost most of my hair due to chemotherapy. will it ever grow back?

Chemotherapy causes hair loss because it attacks fast growing cells, like your hair roots. The good news is that yes, hair commonly grows back within 10 months after the chemotherapy treatments. If it has been longer than a year, please schedule a consultation so we can discuss your options.

Q does brushing your hair cause hair loss?

Hair loss is caused by a number of things but brushing your hair is not one of them. Some factors that contribute to female hair loss are genetics, hormone imbalances, changes in diet, and stress. Extensive hair brushing can damage your hair and cause it to break, but it will not damage the hair follicle or cause hair loss.

Q i have a very high hairline that makes my forehead huge. can i get a hair transplant to lower it?

A hair transplant is an excellent option to create a lower hairline. This may require multiple sessions to achieve dense and uniform results with the rest of the hair. Alternately you could have your hairline surgically lowered, this way excess tissue is removed on the forehead and the hair line is completely moved forward and down. This procedure can also be combined with a brow lift for more dramatic, natural looking results.

Q i lost my eyebrows from over plucking and they aren’t growing back fully. can they be restored?

Yes, the same hair restoration techniques can be used on the scalp to fill in sparse or missing eyebrow hairs. Micrografts are created with the “strip method” from the donor area on the scalp and transplanted in small, natural groupings of one or two hairs. One by one these groupings are placed in the natural direction of your eyebrow hair growth. The results are completely natural looking and your eyebrows can be fully restored. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Halaas to review your options.

Q i was told that hair transplants are just for men. is this true?

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.

Q what’s the difference between fue (follicular unit extraction) and fug (follicular unit grafting)? is one better?

The only difference between FUE and FUG is the way the donor hairs are harvested. The “strip method” is used with the FUG (follicular unit grafting) method, whereas hairs are taken out in natural groupings when the FUE (follicular unit extraction) method is utilized. Both methods create a graft with naturally occurring groups of one, two, three, or even four hairs that are implanted. Both have certain benefits and drawbacks, but they both produce amazing natural looking results. So, neither is really better than the other, it’s personal preference. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Halaas so you can review your options and choose which method is right for you.

Q my hair is thinning so much at the top! if i don’t get a hair transplant am i likely to go bald?

It is extremely uncommon for female hair loss to progress to the point of baldness. However, since most female hair loss is caused by an underlying medical condition, if left untreated it cannot be reversed. Schedule a consultation with a hair loss expert specializing in female hair loss to figure out the cause of your hair loss and to begin treatments as soon as possible.

Q as a 23 year old female in ny, i had been wearing hair extensions for years – it seemed everyone was! my hair started to thin and the extensions seemed to be damaging to my hair so i eventually took them out. i want to restore the thickness of my hair asap – what do you think about synthetic hair implants?

Theses “synthetic hair implants” are bad news. The risk of infection is incredibly high, they can irritate the scalp and, in the USA, are illegal. I would not recommend them. Consult with a hair loss physician to see what other options are available and what treatments/procedures you may be a candidate for.

Q i am a 34 year old female living in manhattan. i have been using retinoid pads as a preventative anti-aging treatment. i seem to be losing some hair along the frontal hairline. is there any way these could be to blame? i have heard there may be a correlation between the two.

Vitamin A, taken orally in high doses, is a culprit when it comes to hair loss. The dosage that is contained in the retinoid pads is a very low, low dosage therefore is likely not to blame. More common side effects of retinoids to sensitive skin are irritation, redness and flaking.

Q i just started taking blood pressure medication about six months ago and i am now experiencing hair loss. is there a connection?

Female hair loss can be caused from an assortment of medications. One of which is blood pressure medication, namely b-blockers (like Inderal) and diuretics. If switching to another medication does not stop further hair loss, please schedule a consultation so we can determine the exact cause of your hair loss and then discuss the treatments available to you.

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