Hair loss in women isn’t as talked about as male baldness, but it’s no less distressing. As a surgeon who specializes in hair transplant and replacement here in Louisville, I hear a lot of questions from my female patients about hair loss. Here are some of the most common ones–as well as my answers.
Q: What are the causes of hair loss in women?
A: There are various factors that can contribute to hair loss in women. Typically, your specific pattern of hair loss can reveal the underlying cause. Just as men can get male-pattern baldness, women can get female-pattern baldness. The cause of this type of hair loss is linked to hormones–specifically a byproduct of the breakdown of testosterone. In women, this form of baldness can also be caused by certain conditions or medications that affect hormones, such as birth control pills, ovarian cysts, and menopause. Other types of hair loss can occur after physical or emotional stress. Chemotherapy, long-term trauma to the hair follicles (such as that caused by very tight ponytails or braids), nutritional imbalances, and other factors can all cause hair loss, too.
Q: Is there a hair loss cure for women?
A: Presently, there is no proven “cure” for hair loss. However, there are several good options available to slow down the hair loss process or prevent it from starting in the first place. Topical products can help. I also recommend NeoGraft to female patients for a safe solution with little downtime. The best option for you depends on the underlying cause of your hair loss.
Q: Can women have hair restoration with NeoGraft? What if they have long hair?”
A: Yes, female patients are typically very satisfied with the results of NeoGraft. Long hair can actually be a boon to NeoGraft patients, as it’s easier to conceal the shaved donor area with the longer surrounding hair.
Q: How long does recovery from the NeoGraft procedure take?
A: I recommend taking 24 to 48 hours to rest and recuperate. After a day or two, you should be able to comfortably and safely return to work. However, more physically demanding activities should be avoided for about a week. You should also stay out of the sun and heat for at least 3 weeks. Your own specific recovery time is also dependent on the significance of your procedure.
Q: How long until I’ll see results from NeoGraft?
A: It can take several months for the results of your NeoGraft procedure to emerge. This is due to the hair’s natural growth cycle.
Q: Do I need to avoid consuming any specific foods or wearing certain types of clothing, like hats, before or after the procedure?
A: FUE with NeoGraft is very much a “come as you are” procedure. When you arrive in our office, we’ll prep your donor follicles as well as the treatment areas of your head–no need for you to do it at home. It’s a good idea to eat something filling before your visit, as the procedure can last for several hours. However, it’s easy to take quick breaks throughout if need be. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.
After your procedure, you’ll need to avoid wearing hats and brushing your hair for a while. You’ll be given specific post-op instructions at your appointment.
If you’re interested in learning more about NeoGraft, I worked with The Plastic Surgery Channel to make a quick, easy-to-understand video about how it works.