It’s often thought that typically only men opt for cosmetic surgery to counter their hair loss. However, it’s becoming increasingly common for some clinics to perform hair transplants for women to help them tackle their thinning or total loss of hair.
Hair loss in women is actually very common, and according to the NHS approximately 40% of women over 70 can suffer from female pattern baldness. The condition, also known as alopecia, is just like male pattern baldness, and is thought to be hereditary.
There are many other things that can affect female hair loss, including diet, health, and stress. Some women may have considered cosmetic surgery to help change their appearance and regain their hair, which is why clinic’s like the Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic also offer female hair transplants.
It’s key to remember that a hair transplant is still an invasive procedure, and it shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. It’s always best to speak to your doctor or GP before you commit to any surgery.
How does a female hair transplant work?
Just like a regular hair transplant , hair follicles are removed from your donor areas, and implanted into the area requiring treatment. This can be done to counteract overall hair thinning by increasing the number of hair follicles in an area, or to treat completely balding areas.
There are two key types of hair transplant surgery; FUE (follicular unit extraction) and DHI (direct hair implantation). Which one you will have usually depends on the type of hair loss you’re trying to treat.
However, for women’s hair transplants, the Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic understands that the idea of shaving off your existing hair in order to reimplant it might be worrying. That is why they exclusively use the DHI hair transplant method on women.
The DHI method works by using a pen-shaped tool, which allows the surgeon to create the incision in the donor area of the scalp at the same time the follicle is removed. The same tool is then used for re-implanting it into the treatment area.
By using this tool, they can be more precise than the traditional FUE method, which involves creating individual cuts, before the hair is implanted. This method is considered by Dr Aygin to be minimally invasive, as it eliminates the need for shaving the existing hair.
With the FUE method, the area would need to be shaved to allow them a clearer area to work on. With the DHI technique, however, they can avoid shaving the area as the pen allows a precise incision.
Aftercare and results
As patients are able to undergo their hair transplant without shaving , the healing process will be less visually obvious than on a shaved area. However, it can also make it difficult to keep the area clean, so it’s important you always follow the aftercare given to you by the surgeon.
Side effects can occur, so you should follow all guidance given to you. It’s also important to discuss these, and any potential risks, with the surgeon before you undergo the surgery.
Healing from hair restoration surgery requires patience, and in Dr Aygin’s experience it can take three-six months until you see your new hair grow. It can take a full 12 months before you see the final effects of your hair transplant surgery and notice any substantial hair growth.
About the Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic
The clinic was founded by Dr Serkan Aygin, who has worked on a variety of hair transplant techniques over the years. He has been practising medicine since 1996, and after graduating from medical school, he was a member of the first team in Istanbul to perform a hair transplant.
As well as more than 25 years experience, he has also been awarded the European Award in Medicine in the field of hair transplantation , and is a member of the International Society of Dermatology. He opened the Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic in 2013 to help treat more patients, and won the “Best Medical Tourism Facility” at the 8th annual Health Tourism Awards La Razon in Spain.
His clinic specialises in hair transplants, and offers a range of different types and techniques. These include hair transplants for women and men, beard transplants and even eyebrow transplants.
As his clinic is located in Istanbul, Turkey, he is also able to offer his cosmetic surgery packages, usually at a more affordable rate than in the UK. These packages include transport to and from the airport, a hotel stay, a driver to take you to and from your appointments, and the full cost of the surgery and aftercare.
All you need to do is organise your own flights, and everything else will be covered by their package deals. These can be discussed at your free consultation appointment, and Dr Aygin also offers to tailor the packages to suit you and your budget and needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic, or wish to book a consultation, you can visit their website .
Like any cosmetic surgery, hair transplants are invasive andare not risk-free or a solution to personal problems, and are not to be performed on anyone under 18 years old. Always seek independent medical advice and give the procedure careful consideration before going ahead.