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What is the Success Rate for a Hair Transplant in Female Hair Loss?

6/16/2008 9:30:31 PM

Question:

What percentage of women actually benefit from a Hair Transplant? If I go through it and it doesn't work, will my hair at least look the same before the surgery and not worse. Also do you think a hair transplant at an early age has more risks?

Answer:

Firstly, have you been evaluated by a dermatologist to rule out all non-genetic causes of hair loss? This is highly critical since in many cases, non-genetic balding can be reversed by treating the condition causing it. Some of these causes include hormonal changes, certain medications, iron deficiencies, thyroid disorders, scalp dermatitis, etc.

Hair transplant surgery can be great in the right surgical hands and if you are a candidate with reasonable expectations. Patients should never expect to regain a full head of hair however, in many cases, surgeons can re-create an illusion of hair density.

Be aware that post-surgical telogen effluvium known as "shock loss" can occur anytime hair is transplanted in between or around existing hair. It is also more common in women. Though in most cases, it is temporary, it can be a real concern for many and patients should be aware of it before surgery. In other words, there is a good chance that you may look worse before you look better. In the end though, hair transplant surgery will result in a net gain if you selected an elite surgeon. Be sure to ask all of your questions and share all of your concerns before getting in the surgical chair.

There are certain additional considerations for young hair transplant patients, mostly the concern and additional risk of greater levels of balding. There is only so much donor hair available, so making proper use is vital.

Bill - Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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