According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) 2013 Practice Census results, female hair transplants have increased 20 percent over the last eight years. Considering that women comprise 40 percent of the population that experience hair loss, it's a sign of the growing trend of women seeking permanent, effective hair restoration solutions.
While male pattern baldness is common in our society and more readily accepted, unfortunately women still tend to feel a stigma about their hair loss. Women often see thinning hair throughout the scalp compared to men who tend to experience a recession at the temple or crown of their scalp. In addition, a woman's overall hair density drops, the hairline recedes and the outer eyebrows start to thin.
Women tend to see their hair as part of their identity, making hair loss a very emotional experience and visible sign of aging, but there are effective solutions. In the early stages of hair loss, a good stylist may be able to create a hair style that minimizes the areas of concern. There is also an over-the-counter treatment from Rogaine that is FDA-approved for women. It's important to note that women should never use an over-the-counter hair restoration product designated for men. This is not a product that can be shared due to the risk of birth defects.
A more permanent solution is hair transplantation. Research and technology today in the field of hair restoration have made hair transplantation more attainable and the results very natural. It's no longer just a procedure for men, but a procedure that a growing number of women are finding as an effective solution to their own hair loss.
A follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant is the most appropriate procedure for a woman because it doesn't leave a visible scar in the donor area. The physician collects and places each individual hair follicle in the desired location on the brow or scalp. This precise placement of each hair follicle ensures a natural, younger looking appearance.
The NeoGraft FUE automated hair system is one of the newest technological advances on the market. This system, combined with physician expertise, makes hair transplantation more affordable because it helps automate an otherwise very time intensive procedure.
In the past, women didn't have many effective options for treating their thinning hair or hair loss. Today it's a much different story and effective solutions, like hair transplantation, are not just available, but readily accepted. Within a couple to few hours, women can take years off their appearance by making their thinning hair a thing of the past.