Is Female Hair Transplant Permanent?


                         Is Female Hair Transplant Permanent?



When someone talks about “hair transplants,” your mind only goes to hair transplants in men and not women. It is more common for men to do hair transplants than women. But women the hair transplant procedure is on the rise among women too. But despite the advances in the procedure, many people are still apprehensive about the transplant. When they think about hair transplants, they might envision the patchy and noticeable hair plugs of years past. But that’s not how they look after the surgery. Hair transplants have come a long way, especially in the last decade or so. The hair transplant results are visibly long-lasting and it is considered to be permanent.

Hair transplantation is also known as hair restoration. It is an outpatient procedure that uses micrografting technology. Taking hair follicles from donor areas and putting them on your scalp that is thinning, is how a hair transplant is done. The procedure can be done in many ways. But every procedure is time-consuming and involves a healing and recovery process. Women who have already experienced significant thinning of the hair from the crown of their heads are good candidates for a hair transplant.

Is Hair Transplant Permanent?

The main concern for women regarding hair transplant is whether the procedure has a long-term effect? But hair transplant has shown good results and the hair growth is considered to be permanent. In the procedure when your hair follicles are grafted from your donor area into areas where your hair is thinning, it takes some time to heal. In fact, it’s normal if your hair falls out for the first three months after the procedure, it does not mean that the procedure has failed.

Healing usually takes somewhere between 6 to 12 months. But after the healing process, the transplanted hair begins to grow that fills out the bald patches on women’s scalp. This transplanted hair will grow naturally like your other hair and will continue to do so as you get older.

However, like any other natural hair that might stop growing, the transplanted hair will also stop growing. Like the rest of the hair follicles, the transplanted ones too have a lifespan. At some point, as you get older, they may stop producing as much hair as they used to. And, once the hair follicles are moved, they are permanent. After this, there’s no way to return them to their previous position.

Do you need another hair transplant procedure?

Another concern women might have is how many times they might need to go through the hair transplant procedure. This depends from person to person some might need to go through it more than once and some don’t need another transplant. So, it’s entirely possible that your first hair transplantation procedure won’t be your last.

There are some women who will be informed by their doctor that they need multiple sessions of hair transplant surgery to achieve the hair growth they desire. While other women might be pleased with the results just after their first hair transplant, once it has completely healed. If they want, they can later decide to try to fill out other thinning patches they have on their head.

Types of procedures

Currently, there are two types of hair transplantation procedures that are performed by doctors.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction):

FUE is the most sophisticated method for grafting women’s hair. In this technical method, a unique tool is used which is less than 1 mm to remove hair from the donor area. Then the hair is transplanted to the area where there is less hair. After hair transfer, hair grows back to normal. In this method, hair can be implanted in groups of 1 to 4. But it depends on the thickness and number of donor locations. This method has a comparatively fast recovery time, and it is not required to stay overnight after the surgery. In FUE the patient receives local anaesthesia and is fully awake throughout the procedure.

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant)

In the FUT method, the pieces of skin are taken from the back of the head and surgeons can implant them in the thinning hair area. The wound from where the skin is taken is then sutured, but it leaves a visible linear scar. But this scar won’t be seen because usually the gap is closed and full hair covers it.

This method is preferred by most women as it does not require you to shave your head in the donor area. However, the result is the same for both methods. Recovery time for FUT is more than FUE which is about five weeks.

Both methods of hair transplants in women are considered to be permanent.

When does the hair start to grow?

Once the hair transplant procedure is performed by the doctor, it takes some time before you can see the final results. As the area where hair has been transplanted starts to heal, you might lose even more of your hair for the first few months. But you should remember to not fret over the loss of your hair as this is normal and it is to be expected.

Once the skin and scar where the hair transplant has been done are fully healed, you will see follicles of your own hair beginning to make an appearance. The hair will start to grow and the texture and length will be the same as the rest of your natural hair. The hair growth that comes after the hair transplant which is performed by a micrograft can be cut, styled, and dyed according to your likeness.

What to expect in the long term?

In the long term, you should expect your hair transplant to hold up. As you age it is entirely possible that the hair follicles will start to thin, but they will like your other non-transplanted hair will produce at least some hair for the rest of your life.

When women lose hair there, they are not concerned with the receding hairline as it happens with men. Even after the procedure if your hair thinning continues, the chances of you losing as much hair as before the procedure and according to your former pattern of natural hair loss. You should discuss with your doctor, at length, about the possibility of your hair growth not being what you expected it to be. Make a plan to make sure that your hair doesn’t appear to be patchy or grow unnatural in the coming years after you have done a hair transplant.

When should you talk to a doctor?

If you feel self-conscious about hair loss and before going the route of hair transplant you should speak with your doctor. There might be some medical conditions and medications that are the causes of your hair loss. Your doctor needs to rule out other factors before you are considered a candidate for a hair transplant.

There is no such process that will make you vet doctors who will perform hair transplantation. But it is important to do your homework and research as what doctor will be best according to you to perform this procedure. You should look for a healthcare professional who has a specialization in hair transplantation. These specialists may include dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and plastic surgeons. You should ask for proof from them that their hair transplant has been successful. Make sure to discuss the method and process of your hair transplant with the doctor you have chosen before booking your appointment.


Hair transplants are an option for women whose hair has been visibly thinning. Once you do a hair transplant the results are considered permanent as you cannot undo them. However, the possibility of your transplanted hair looking the same after it heals looking like that for the rest of your life is very less.

To achieve the desired results, it is essential to find an experienced provider who understands how to create a natural-looking, sustainable hair transplant design. So, do your research thoroughly and choose a good doctor.


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