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Hair Transplant Surgery for Women Rapidly Increases in UK

Hair-Transplant-Surgery-for-Women-Rapidly-Increases-in-UKThinning, shedding, or balding scalp is more common among women than one might think. Statistics estimate that nearly 20 million American women suffer with these symptoms. In the United Kingdom, it’s reported that more than 60% of women likewise suffer with dwindling hair health. Female hair loss can be brought on by a number of things. Stress, genetics, and sometimes even particular styling techniques can all be leading contributors. Recognizing that hair is an essential element of appearance, confidence, and first impressions, women around the world are turning to surgical hair restoration to restore their hair to a more natural and youthful state.

Hair transplant procedures have a stigma that is not easily overcome. Often referred to as “hair plugs,” the traditional and relatively crude procedures of the 1980s still have hair loss sufferers convinced that transplants produce unsightly, embarrassing results. The tide is beginning to shift, however, as awareness is spreading for the near-perfect results that can be achieved through newer surgical techniques and technologies. This is perhaps most evident in the UK, where hair loss clinics report seeing a rise in the number of female patients seeking hair transplant surgery this year.

UK: Female Hair Transplant Procedures Increase by 82%

One English hair loss clinic reports an 82% increase in women seeking hair transplant this year when compared to 2011 (i). To hair loss professionals, the recent increase in female patients is largely attributed to better awareness for how treatable the condition really is. Hair transplant surgery, for example, is now performed in two unique ways that produce results so natural looking, 85% of Americans cannot tell that a procedure has been performed (ii).

Refined Techniques and Better Technologies

The first and most common hair transplant procedure is traditional called the “strip donor” procedure. This treatment option gets its name from the way donor hair is removed from the rear or side of the scalp. Surgeons remove donor hair in a long strip, and they separate it into groupings of about 1-3 hairs, or follicular units, under high-powered microscopes. Surgeons then transplant each follicular unit by hand, taking great care to recreate the patient’s natural hair density, undulation, thickness, and randomness.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is another common technique for patients who suffer with hair loss. FUE procedures are the newest and most refined method of surgical hair restoration, and patients often report recovering from the procedure in as little as 3-5 days. To perform a FUE transplant, surgeons use a surgical instrument to remove follicular units individually, instead of via strip harvesting. The biggest advantage of FUE is the absence of a linear scar, which is sometimes visible if a patient who receives a strip donor procedure gets a very short haircut.

Celebrity Endorsement

In addition to newer and more refined transplant techniques, hair loss professionals credit celebrity endorsements for significantly reducing the stigma formerly attached to the procedure. In recent years, world-renowned athletes and entertainers have opened up about the transplant procedures that have helped them maintain a full and natural head of hair. In the UK, soccer star Wayne Rooney is perhaps the best-known example. In the U.S., the ageless hairlines of Hollywood stars like Mel Gibson, Jude Law, and Mathew McConaughey have sparked rumors that the celebrities sought help from surgeons to restore areas of balding scalp, ultimately creating a positive impression that has affirmed the quality, safety, and legitimacy of transplant procedures in America.

Female Hair Transplant at Miami Hair Institute

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our surgeons, nurses, and staff provide the most comprehensive hair loss evaluation and diagnosis available. With more than 45 years combined experience, Drs. Nusbaum and Rose provide expert consultation that will help you understand the unique cause of your hair loss symptoms while developing a personalized treatment plan that will have you looking and feeling your very best.

Readers are invited to call directly 305-925-0222 to learn more about hair transplant in Miami, a permanent solution that can restore hair to its naturally full and youthful state.

Sources:

(i) “Women Go Bald Too.” Daily Mail. Accessed 25 October 2013.

(ii) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.

Women and Hair Loss: Top 4 Signs

Women and Hair Loss: Top 4 SignsHair loss in women is more common than many may think, amounting to nearly 20 million females in America alone.  Most women do not notice signs of thinning or balding in their hair until the age of 50 or 60, long after it has already begun.  It may take women much longer to notice the signs of hair loss compared to men because they tend to wear their hair longer, effectively hiding telltale symptoms of hair loss for many years.  Women also lose hair across the entire top of the head, in contrast to men who typically lose hair in concentrated areas like the crown or temple.  This wider, more dispersed pattern of hair loss adds to the difficulty of early detection.

Yet it is early detection, evaluation, and treatment that are the 3 keys to effectively treating hair loss in women.  Early detection is perhaps most important, as hair loss is most effectively treated during the early stages of development.  For this reason, it is important that women learn to recognize the signs of hair loss while also performing regular self-examinations to ensure symptoms are caught as soon as they become visible.

Top 4 Signs of Female Hair Loss

Female hair loss manifests itself in a variety of ways; learning to recognize the signs of thinning or balding is the best way to diagnose and treat the condition early, which ultimate creates better results.  The most common signs to look for include the following:

  1. Thinning hair:  Unlike men, hair loss in women tends to develop in a general or widespread area throughout the top of the head.  Women must pay particular attention to this region, checking regularly for noticeable changes in thickness.
  2. A wider “part”:  If you regularly part your hair, take note of the thickness/width of the part.  Parts will appear to become wider as hair loss progresses.
  3. Hair accumulation on pillows, combs, and in the shower:  It is normal for hair to accumulate on our personal items and throughout our living spaces.  However, hair accumulation in these areas will become more pronounced as hair loss progresses.  Here’s a tip:  Look for increases in hair accumulation on the pillow of your bed and the comb you use most.  Effectively monitoring hair accumulation in the shower may be more difficult; some hair is inevitably washed down the drain, and it may be challenging to separate your hair from someone else’s.
  4. A more visible scalp:  Take notice of how much of the scalp is visible when your hair is pulled back.  As hair loss progresses, the underlying scalp will become increasingly visible.

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