Even though most people today are familiar with the exceptionally natural-looking results that can be achieved through the use of advanced surgical hair restoration techniques, many patients come to us asking the same simple question: Can a surgical hair transplantation procedure be performed on a woman? The answer, quite simply, is yes. Hair transplantation surgery can be an excellent option for many of the more than 21 million American women currently experiencing some form of hair loss. It is important to remember, however, that hair loss in women can be very different from hair loss in men and so their hair restoration cannot be approached in exactly the same way. Specifically, the wider variety of potential causes and the significantly different pattern of hair loss progression that occur in women can often present unique challenges that require customized solutions.
Since as much as 95% of the hair loss experienced by men can be attributed to inherited male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, addressing the issue is usually fairly straightforward. However, women’s hair loss can often be triggered by a variety of different medical conditions or lifestyle factors, ranging from thyroid problems to autoimmune disorders to a woman’s choice of birth control. This can make diagnosing and treating women’s hair loss much more complicated. Board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis, strongly believe that in order for a hair loss treatment to be effective it must be specifically tailored to individual patient’s hair loss, and so they insist that every case of alopecia receive a full, comprehensive diagnosis. This is just one of the reasons why they have created The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, the first center in Georgia exclusively devoted to addressing the unique issues associated with women’s hair restoration. At this center, women can benefit from an extensive diagnostic process that is used to formulate a treatment plan incorporating all of the most effective non-surgical treatment options, like Red Light Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, prescription topical medications and shampoos, and even nutritional supplements, or hair transplantation, if appropriate.
In men, androgenetic alopecia, which is commonly known as genetic pattern baldness, almost always follows a very specific and predictable hair loss pattern. It begins with the follicles at the front of the hairline, which gradually begin to shrink, producing thinner and thinner hair until they eventually stop producing viable hairs entirely. The follicles along the back and, in some cases, sides of the head, however, remain healthy and viable, so that when some of these follicles are transplanted into the thinning areas they continue to produce hair normally. Unfortunately, when androgenetic alopecia occurs in women, the pattern is much more diffuse and only very rarely involves the frontal hair line. Instead, general thinning usually occurs equally across the top of the scalp and in the crown area, which means that much more care and precision are required during hair transplantation surgery, whether we are using traditional follicular unit grating techniques or follicular unit extraction (FUE) with the NeoGraft® FUE device, in order to make sure that adding thickness in one area does not result in excessive thinness in another. Moreover, because hair loss in women mainly involves the crown or top of the scalp, where fullness is paramount, the surgeons at The Griffin Center modify their approach to utilize groups of hairs rather than individual ones, so that the distribution of the larger follicular units can provide additional thickness and ensure a fuller appearance.
The hair restoration specialists at The Griffin Center have been effectively treating hair loss in men and women since 1976, and in that time we have amassed a great deal of skill and experience in all forms of hair restoration. If you or someone you love is experiencing hair loss and would like to learn more about what we can do for you, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration or the Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.