Female Hair Transplantation: Thoughts From Expert Hair Transplant Surgeons
Dr. Anil Shah and Dr. Benjamin Paul discuss common questions that are asked regarding hair restoration treatments and procedures. They dive deep into the topics of female hair transplantation and what patients can expect. Click on the video below to hear the discussion.
Dr. Ben Paul
What are your thoughts on female hair transplantation?
Know that that's a trickier question because there's so many causes of hair loss and just like men, it's an easier solution. It's probably an 85, 90% DHT, and maybe there are other 10% stress and other things. For women, it's a much more complex, newer thing that can cause it. I definitely think there's a hormonal component, but then there's also a stress component. But you know, if it's that classic female hair loss, Christmas tree pattern you're seeing through the front. And I think it's definitely a valuable tool. I think forehead reduction is another valuable tool. I like to put in my practice and potentially do the hair transplant afterwards. And then I think they respond the best to therapy. PRP, exosomes, you know, Nutrafol. They respond much better than men. Women can actually grow their hair back with that. I think men can maintain maybe some hair growth. Women, you can see miracles.
Dr. Ben Paul
I was reading an interesting study, which I think explains what we're both seeing, which said that if you biopsy a man and look under a microscope at the hair follicle, you're going to see miniaturization, small follicles, but you're not going to see much inflammation. Almost every woman with androgenic alopecia, female pattern hair loss has this micro folliculitis. And PRP is like incredible anti-inflammation, which is why women probably there's a target, whereas in men there's less of a target. And then I agree. I think like the artistry of hairline lowering or hairline definition, even in the temple area, on women, is strikingly beautiful and so helpful with all different varieties of hair from gray hair to darker to blonde hair, curly. It does really well.
And I think that's one of the advantages, again, of being a facial plastic surgeon versus just a regular surgeon. We have the option where we can lift brows up. We can lower foreheads. We can add hair. We just have more tools at our disposal where someone else can maybe do a hair transplant on someone who’s not going to be able to get the result they want without a hairline lowering procedure. So I think it's definitely good to have more tools in our belt than, you know, perhaps some other surgeons.