Hair is one of the most important attributes for many women and their fall can cause problems with self-esteem and even depression. At Sanatur, we also perform hair transplants for women in Turkey with the Sapphire FUE method, the same system as for men, with some variants adapted to the particularities of female alopecia and the needs and expectations of each woman.
Hair transplant for women
Hair transplantation in women with the Sapphire FUE method involves collecting the follicular units one by one with the micromotor to relocate them to the bald areas. This method, in which the scalpel is not used and the stitches are not practiced, is currently the most used technique in the world.
How is a hair implant practiced in women?
To perform the Sapphire FUE technique, it is necessary to shave the hair from the donor area on the back of the head. But in the case of the use of this technique for women, shaving is usually a problem because it involves a radical change of image for a period of time.
For this reason, with the hair transplant for women, the option of leaving a few small curtains that camouflage the shaving area is offered. This technique can be performed if professionals believe that the grafts obtained in the donor areas, smaller than in the usual shave, will be sufficient to cover the reception area. If this option is chosen, the area of the hair donor will be more limited, so the areas to be covered will also need to be smaller.
Alopecia in women usually develops in the frontal and upper area of the head. Evolution tends to be slower than with men, and it is not usual to reach such advanced stages (to total baldness) as men.
Types of female alopecia
DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the leading cause of female alopecia, as it reduces the size of the follicles until they fall. It is an androgen or metabolite of testosterone. It has an action that causes a change in the body and produces the development of the male sex organs. The hormonal process of testosterone is converted into DHT, which damages hair follicles, which occurs in both men and women.
It is synthesized in large quantities in the prostate, hair follicles and in the adrenal glands. It has a direct relationship with the enzyme 5-α-reductase because it is responsible for the production of androgens and estrogens. It can be regulated by taking natural inhibitors of 5 alpha-reductase, blocking part of its action and its effects on the body. The function of DHT is:
- Hair care.
- Growth of body hair.
- Muscle growth.
- Male voice production.
- Genetic inheritance also has a significant influence.
Diffuse female alopecia
Also known as telogen effluvium. This type of alopecia is temporary and reversible unless it is combined with areata or androgenetic. It increases the telogen effluvium, the phase in which the hair falls. The normal thing is usually a daily loss of about 100 hairs; When this type of alopecia occurs, the loss is much greater (300-500). It can be easily detected by looking at the hair that stays on the pillow or brush while combing; also if the scalp is irritated or very sensitive (“hair pain” or trichodinia). This can happen when the body goes through a moment of intense stress (childbirth, malnutrition, serious infection, surgery, unbalanced diet, etc…)
Female alopecia areata
It is hair loss in a very localized area, through “patches”; This loss can be slow over time or very fast. It is caused by inflammation of the follicles. The causes are unknown; is considered stress, allergies, genetic causes, pollution of the environment, etc…
Ludwig scale: female pattern hair-loss
To measure the type of alopecia in women, Ludwig’s scale is used to rank female pattern baldness by area and degree of assignment. There are therefore different types:
- Type I. The central area of the hair shows the scalp while up close. There is a small hair loss or they become thinner.
- Type II. The empty space has grown and now it is easily visible. The hair has lost density and volume. With this graduation, a hair transplant is recommended.
- Type III. It’s not very normal. The upper part of the head has fine hair or there is a significant loss of hair. The area with baldness is very visible.
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Recovering your own hair with a completely natural finish is our goal. Our medical and technical team extracts the follicles from the back and from the sides of your head (depending on the case), and then implant them in the zone (s) that require it.