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All women have the possibility to suffer hair loss, but in some cases the chances are higher, for example in women who are over 40 years old, in women who have just given birth, in women who undergo strong medication courses such as chemotherapy, or simply in women who try many hairstyles and hair colors.

The reasons are many, but the result is one - SEVERE HAIR LOSS AND BALDNESS! Women usually struggle with hair loss on the sides of the forehead or in the crown area of the scalp. No matter what type of hair, straight, wavy or curly, if it is healthy, it is beautiful.

However, the most well-known fact about hair transplant procedures is that the head must be completely shaved, and this idea is enough for any woman to reject this option:  . But thanks to the advanced technology that we have achieved nowadays, women can undergo hair transplant without having to shave their head completely. Read on to learn all about hair transplant procedures for women.


Understanding Female Hair Loss Patterns

Let us first define the female hair loss pattern, i.e. hair growth slows down and hair loss accelerates, mainly because the hair follicle shrinks and loses the ability to form a complete, healthy hair.

There are different types of female hair loss, and there are different reasons why it occurs. However, this case has been divided into three types;

  • Type I: This is the lowest level of female pattern hair loss, involving minor thinning and baldness in a small area.
  • Type II: This type is in the middle, where the thinning of the hair increases and baldness spreads a little bit wider. 
  • Type III: The third type is considered severe when hair thinning reaches the highest degree and the scalp is visible from a distance.


Differences in Female and Male Hair Loss 

Hair loss is a common condition that affects both men and women, but there are some differences in the pattern of hair loss. In men, hair loss begins at the hairline, which recedes, and hair loss increases at the top and the crown areas of the scalp, usually, this happens due to hormonal changes, mainly, because of the testosterone hormone in men.

In women, on the other hand, hair loss spreads further and does not affect the hairline. Hair loss occurs mainly on the top of the head, without receding the hairline. It is important to remember that women go through physical changes that force them to deal with hair loss, such as pregnancy and menopause and other factors like stress. Men, on the other hand, suffer from hair loss due to medications that cause hair to thin, or because of stress too.


Evaluation of Hair Loss Severity

A well-defined problem is a half-solved problem. If the doctor knows what stage the hair loss is in, he can determine the right method of female hair transplantation and the required number of grafts. Of course, there are some methods and techniques that must be used to determine the severity of hair loss.

Treatment begins with a physical examination to check the scalp for redness, inflammation or scarring. By examining the scalp, the doctor can determine the degree of hair loss and breakage.

There are other methods of assessing the severity of hair loss, such as the pull test, in which the doctor holds a small section of your hair and pulls on it. If more than six hairs have fallen out, it means that you are suffering from active hair loss.

Tug test is actually used to check the hair and determine how easily it breaks. The doctor puts a small section of your hair together and places a hand on the roots and tips, then tugs the hair to see the degree of your hair brittleness.

Of course, there are other ways to check the severity of hair loss based on laboratory tests such as blood tests and hair root examinations. The hair analysis test is mainly used to determine the hair type and structure, which helps in choosing the right products.


Female Hair Transplant Techniques

There are many haır transplant procedures that people around the world opt for, but there are some techniques that some women do not prefer because of the permanent scars that are created, such as the FUT procedure. But with the new advanced technologies, there are methods that do not leave scars, and some methods do not require shaving!


Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) for Women

The FUE method is one of the best known hair transplantation procedures in the world. It is preferred by doctors and patients because this procedure leaves no permanent scars and allows the doctor to transfer up to 6000 grafts from the donor area to the recipient area. However, some women may be hesitant to choose this option because the FUE procedure requires complete shaving of both the donor and recipient areas.


Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) for women 

Direct hair implantation could be the best solution for women. The DHI method is one of the latest revolutions in the world of hair transplantation. With the introduction of the Choi Implanter Pen, technology has paved the way for this minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to this advanced medical device, the woman undergoing the DHI procedure does not have to shave her entire head, as only the donor area is shaved for the extraction of the grafts. The implantation of the harvested follicles takes place amidst the existing hair.


Designing a Female Hairline 

One of the main reasons why people get a hair transplant procedure, is to have a defined hairline that can frame their face and highlight their facial features. While designing a female hairline, it must be designed in a way that it includes the transition zone, defined zone and frontal tuft. 

The low, medium, straight-lined, or bell-shaped hairlines are the most common and most frequently chosen hairlines shape, but this decision depends on what the patient needs, and the graft should not be placed on the frontal muscles.


Customizing Feminine hairline shape and density 

Shaping women's hairline is a more complicated process than shaping men's hairline. Earlier in this article we mentioned that the female hairline does not usually recede in female pattern hair loss, but that does not mean it never will. However, when working on a female hairline, more density and more coverage are required, so implantation should be done very carefully to ensure that the desired hairline eventually appears.


The characteristic features of  women’s hairline: 

  • Cowlicks
  • Widow’s Peaks 
  • Temporal Mounds 
  • Low Positioning 

Fortunately, there are hair transplant procedures that restore the hair and also the hairline. These procedures are a great help to patients who have always wanted healthier hair and a more defined hairline.

When choosing a hairline, the doctor will suggest a hairline that takes into account your age, because as we get older, our hairline naturally recedes as a normal accompaniment to aging. However, to get the hairline you desire, approximately 800 to 1500 grafts will be transplanted. Of course, the number varies from case to case, but the number is determined after consultation with your doctor,


Factors Affecting Hair Transplantation in Women

There are certain factors that can affect hair transplantation in women. These factors can be controlled to achieve better, long-lasting results:

  • Heavy smoking 
  • Diabetes 
  • Excessive sun damage  

Of course, there are other factors that affect the rate of hair growth. These factors must be treated first of all to maintain the results after hair transplantation. These reasons can be hormonal or related to childbirth.


Hormonal Imbalances and Hair Loss 

Hormonal imbalances can be the reason for many physical changes, such as weight gain or loss, acne and skin disorders, mood swings and hair loss.

The drop of the hormone estrogen and the hormone progesterone is the main reason for hair loss and thinning hair, because with the drop of these two hormones the production of androgen increases, which shrinks the hair follicles and thus causes hair loss.


Postpartum Hair Loss and Solutions

Postpartum hair loss is a common condition that begins three months after the birth of a child. This condition can last up to 6 months. After that, the hair returns to its normal growth rate. This is mainly due to the hormonal changes in the body after the birth of the child,

There is no specific solution to treat postpartum hair loss, as it is a condition that most women go through after giving birth and it needs to be cured on its own. However, there are some options you can follow to help your hair get through this phase smoothly, such as using chemical-free hair products, taking a break from all heavy hairstyles, and washing or brushing your hair extra gently to avoid additional hair damage.


Female Hair Transplant Process

Hair transplantation for women is a procedure where women choose to have healthy hair and get rid of the problem of hair loss for good! The procedure consists of three major steps and a few minor ones to ensure a smooth process. In the following points we will explain the procedure of FUE and DHI hair transplantation.



Whether you are preparing for a DHI hair transplant or an FUE hair transplant, these two procedures require you to be well prepared to avoid complications during the procedure:

  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol at least 10 days before the procedure. Cigarettes and alcoholic beverages contain ingredients that slow down the healing phase and delay the result.
  • Stop taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, as such medications increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Don’t cut your hair before the surgery and let it grow. 
  • Tell your doctor about your medical history and what medications you usually take.
  • Ask your doctor for instructions before the procedure and make sure you follow them.



The female hair transplant procedure is not painful and is performed under local anesthesia. However, the harvesting is similar in both FUE and DHI hair transplantation methods, the difference is in the implantation.


Step 1: Extraction 

In both FUE and DHI, after choosing the best donor area, which is usually the back of the head, the donor area is completely trimmed. The donor area is completely shaved and numbed with a local anesthetic to begin harvesting the grafts. Once the donor area is ready, the physician creates holes in the donor area with a medical tool to extract the grafts,


Step 2: Preparation 

The preparation of the donor area is mainly done in the FUE method, not in the DHI. The recipient area is prepared by shaving it and opening incisions for the newly harvested follicles.


Step 3: Implantation 

FUE method: When the physician is done with opening channels in the recipient area, the grafts get implanted manually, one by one. 

DHI method: The implantation is performed with the Choi Implanter Pen, an advanced medical instrument that facilitates implantation, as the patient does not need to shave her recipient area, since the grafts are implanted among existing hair.


Transplant on Long Hair 

Long hair requires a lot of investment, that’s for sure. However, if you decide to get a hair transplant procedure, you might be wondering whether you will need to cut it off or you can keep it while having hair transplant procedure. The answer depends on the hair transplant method that you are going to use. If FUE is your choice, then, yes, you have to cut your hair, but if DHI is what you will decide, then, no, you can keep your long hair. 


Healing Process After Hair Transplantation 

For a pleasant recovery period after the procedure, you need to pay attention to and follow some instructions. Remember that your head must be kept dry for the first 48 hours and then washed carefully with the hair care product you received from your doctor. Later, in the first few days, a crust will form around each transplanted graft as the body's defense mechanism against possible infection.

When the hair grows for the first time after the hair transplant, you should not panic when you see the new growing hair fall out, because this is part of the healing process and gives the new hair room to grow.

Be sure to avoid cigarettes and alcohol for the first 14 days after the procedure, avoid direct sunlight, do not cover your head with hats or scarves, do not sleep flat, do not engage in intense sports for a month, and do not swim in the sea or pool for the first 40 days. Otherwise, the patient can resume her daily life within 3 days.

The result of hair transplantation shows within 7 to 8 months, and the patient can enjoy the full result within a year. It is true that hair transplant procedures take some time to show tangible results, but they are sure to last a lifetime.


Management of Swelling and Discomfort 

Swelling is a common side effect after the hair transplant procedure and causes discomfort and itching. The best way to deal with it is to use a cold compress (after 48 hours), applied gently so as not to damage the hair follicles. This helps to reduce the swelling and itching. One of the most important measures to prevent swelling is to always keep the head elevated, even during sleep.


Washing and Styling Newly Transplanted Hair 

The first washing of hair after hair transplantation must be done within the first 48 hours after the procedure. Use the products prescribed by the doctor and lather a small amount of the product with your fingertips. In any case, avoid rubbing the hair root - rubbing causes damage to the follicles. Do not hold your head under the shower, as the pressure of the water coming out of the shower head will cause immediate damage. For up to 6 months, you must use hair products prescribed by your doctor. Avoid hair dryers or towels as they are very harmful to your scalp and the newly transplanted grafts, and give your hair a break from all hair styling products as these products do not help the healing process.


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