Female Hair Loss and Transplants

There can be a number of reasons behind female hair loss; from lack of adequate nutrition and stress, to traction alopecia or hormonal imbalances. With varied and complicated causes behind scalp issues, it is important to meet with the correct experts before you decide to go ahead with any method of treatment. Our expert team of trichologists, surgeons and hair loss experts are there to help you understand your own individual case and find the best way forward for you. 

The Problem

A woman’s hair can feel like her crowning glory; recent statistics suggest the average female spends up to £40,000 and two-and-a-half years on maintenance of it in her lifetime - it’s not usually something we easily part with. If hair begins to fall out, it isn't just the individual strands we lose. Some people can find it absolutely devastating with many experiencing an effect on their self-esteem as well as depression in some cases.  

1 in 4 women will experience hair thinning, but there’s a huge difference in the extent and reasoning behind it. Contributing factors can vary from the stress of hair extensions and accessories on the scalp, to hormones or illness. Treatment, therefore, needs to be targeted and completely individual to your specific diagnosis. While over-the-counter shampoos and products can promise to restore less covered scalps, unfortunately they never take into consideration the reasons behind what’s happening and very rarely work. 

The Treatment

Your treatment always needs to be unique to you. We don’t believe in blanket methods or quick-fixes; our team are there to find the cause of your hair loss and ensure - if treatment goes ahead - it is the best way for your needs.

Before undergoing any form treatment, you will meet with one of our expert trichologists who will analyse your hair to understand what the cause is. Each journey is different, but they might suggest anything from medication to restoration surgery.

If the trichologist believes your hair problem is best resolved through a hair transplant, we have some of the most experienced Hair Transplant Surgeons in Europe able to offer the most advanced method of minimally invasive hair restoration - FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). The walk-in, walk-out method which requires no hospital stay and leaves no linear scarring, works through the extraction of individual follicles from a donor area which are then transplanted one-by-one into the area that needs to be treated. The benefits of FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) include:

  • Natural-looking results and dense packing
  • A simpler, less painful and minimally invasive procedure
  • No scalpels, stitches or linear scarring
  • Use of only strong, healthy follicles
  • With our evidence based master plan, we can work to prevent future loss of hair
  • Lifelong guarantee for the number of hairs placed

The Results

Regardless of what treatment you undertake, the aim is always to slow down your hair loss and (where possible) restore areas of depleted hair. Medication can prevent further hair loss from taking place and can be the best method for those with certain conditions, however it is important to remember it cannot re-grow hair that has already been completely lost. 

If our team believe a transplant to be the best way forward, your final result should be natural-looking with no linear scarring in the donor area. Your surgeon will only agree to perform the treatment if they believe the final result will be beneficial to your needs and undetectable. Transplantation is the only way to restore hair in areas that have lost their follicles completely, providing your donor areas are adequate. 

Downtime

Depending on the cause of your hair loss, medication can be a long-term commitment with some forms of hair loss requiring permanent medication. However, these should have limited impact on other areas of your life. 

Healing time after a FUE transplant is significantly less than more traditional, strip restoration surgery. We usually recommend you remain off work for a day or two after treatment to ensure you feel well and can follow post-operative advice, and most patients can normally return to sporting activities after about a week.

Our Medical Team

Dr. Raghu Reddy is one of the most sought after hair transplant specialists in the UK. He has spent years perfecting the advanced method of FUE hair transplant to ensure better results and minimal downtime. He is the leading authority on FUE hair transplant procedures in the UK and has successfully helped many men get the results they hoped for. He can also correct the problems and scarring caused by previous hair transplant treatments. Dr. Reddy’s meticulous attention to detail comes from his personal experience in dealing with hair loss and his desire to achieve the best possible results for each and every patient. 

Dr. Kouremada Zioga is one of the most experienced FUE hair transplant surgeons, having carried out over 2,000 procedures to date. She has worked extensively throughout Europe and has treated many high profile patients from across Asia and the Middle East. Dr. Zioga performs the most advanced form of FUE and is meticulous in achieving the very best, most natural looking results for her patients. She has also perfected the unshaven method of transplanting without the need to shave the donor area, making it easier for a patient’s treatment to go undetected. Her experience in reparative treatments to scarred areas, particularly resulting from the Strip Hair Transplant procedure, is extensive, with highly successful results.

Dr. Tetiana Mamontova is a highly revered FUE hair transplant surgeon based primarily in our Leeds clinic. After training under some of the world's most recognised hair surgeons including The Private Clinic's own Dr. Raghu Reddy, she perfected the art of FUE transplantation for 3G FUE and unshaven transplants on the head and eyebrows. Her meticulous attention to detail has established her as a well respected and successful surgeon. 

Dr. Michail Mouzakis is an extremely knowledgeable surgeon with a wealth of experience in a range of FUE treatments. Based primarily at our Birmingham clinic, past roles have seen him work in Italy and Greece, while his background in plastic surgery prior to hair restoration means he is committed to the most meticulous details for the very best results. He is available to perform standard FUE, UFUE and FUE for the face, eyebrows and beard. 

Our surgeons perform hair restoration on the face, including eyebrows, and are able to perform some hair transplants using body hair. 

Hair Transplants are available at our London Harley Street, Birmingham and Leeds clinics, with consultations available across the UK at our clinics and consultation rooms. Consultations with our Trichologist are currently only available in London. 

FAQs

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  • What does the treatment involve?

    In order to explain the benefits of our treatment and what it involves, it helps to give you an idea of what is involved in the more invasive Strip technique.

    The Strip technique involves removing a long band of skin from the back of the head with a scalpel, then dissecting the follicles under a microscope before placing them onto the bald or thinning area. This technique always leaves a scar, no matter how skilled the surgeon is, and can cause nerve damage and numbness of the scalp.

    With FUE, a special punch less than 1 mm in diameter is used to remove the hair follicles directly from the scalp. There is no need for a scalpel, hence no stitching or scarring. We can safely extract up to 7000 hairs in one day whereas with previous generations of FUE it was only possible to safely extract 2500 hairs a day. Another advantage of FUE is that none of the follicular units are damaged during the extraction, whereas with the Strip method up to 30% of the donor follicles may be damaged by the use of a scalpel.

  • Will I feel any pain during the procedure?

    The treatment is simple and painless and the graft heals within 2-4 days. Compare this to the Strip technique where healing time takes up to 30 days and requires very strict post-operative care, and you can see why so many people are choosing FUE over the Strip method.

  • How long does the procedure take?

    The length of the treatment depends on the number of hairs needed. Usually between 6 and 8 hours.

  • How soon will I see the results?

    You will notice a difference immediately. The newly implanted hairs will start to grow, and shed. Hair growth usually starts around 4 weeks, with the final results settling in at about 8-9 months.

  • How long will the results last?

    Results with FUE are permanent.

  • Are there any complications associated with the procedure?

    As the placement incisions are so small, the risk of post-operative infection is very low with 3G FUE.