Hair Restoration for Women

When people think of hair loss, they naturally think of the men they know with thinning hair and bald spots. However, many women experience hair loss, and it can be very detrimental to their self-esteem and well-being. More than 10% of pre-menopausal women suffer from hair loss or thinning hair, and that number jumps to over 50% when accounting for women of the age of 65.

There are a variety of different causes for female hair loss, the most common being genetics. Other common reasons include pregnancy hormones and the onset of menopause. Women can lose hair along their hairline or on the sides of their head. Our doctors can develop a customized treatment plan for women with most types of hair loss.

At Reese Hair Restoration we are very sensitive to a woman’s desire to have a full head of hair and we offer advanced treatments to give natural looking results to women of all ages. Female hair loss can be treated with the same technologically-advanced procedures that we currently use for male hair loss.

Each Head of Hair is Unique

Very few people are aware of the fact that every woman’s hair is as unique as a fingerprint. This ranges from the curl, color and pattern of your hair line to the contrast between your scalp and hair. No two women have the same head of hair! This is exactly why Dr. Robert Reese and Dr. Chahira Issolah provide their female patients with individualized and custom made hair loss treatments and strategies to meet their expectations, goals and needs.

As a first step to the treatment, our doctors will draw up a unique treatment plan. This is done with an evaluation of the “four Cs”:

  • Caliber of hair
  • Curl of hair
  • Color contrast between scalp and hair
  • Characteristics of hair loss pattern and facial structure.

Reese Hair Restoration offers women a wide range of surgical hair loss solutions. Dr. Robert Reese and Dr. Chahira Issolah have a combined total of more than 30 years of experience. They developed the skill, precision and artistry needed to recreate your natural hairline.

Both doctors pay special attention when developing the angulations, dissection and placement of each follicle to make sure patients get the best of density and natural looks. The types of surgical hair loss treatments we provide are as listed below.

Donor Harvesting Techniques

Three different techniques exist:

  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
  • Combination of FUT and FUE

A patient may have a preference for one type of donor harvesting technique over the other, but the final choice can only be determined after a physical exam is performed by Dr. Reese or Dr. Issolah.

Each donor harvesting technique has certain advantages and disadvantages outlined below.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

  • The is the traditional method of donor harvesting.
  • It is also known as the “strip” method.
  • A strip of donor scalp is removed from the back of your scalp and closed with a suture that is removed about 10 days post-procedure.
  • The follicles contained in the strip are individually removed by skilled technicians using magnification which is why follicle transection (injury) rates are so low using this technique (typically less than 1%).

FUT advantages

  • Most cost effective method of hair restoration.
  • Always moves the most amount of hair for the patient.
  • Always performed as a one day treatment session.
  • Immediately undetectable because the overlying hair covers the suture line

FUT disadvantages

  • Creates a linear scar—but typically only 1 to 2mm wide.
  • More discomfort compared to the FUE technique.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE is a minimally-invasive technique where follicles in the donor zone are harvested INDIVIDUALLY over a large area of the donor zone.

FUE advantages

  • Minimally invasive technique compared to FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).
  • No linear scar.
  • Optimal technique for those who prefer a short hairstyle
  • Minimal post-procedure discomfort.
  • Allows the doctor to choose the follicles to transplant that are most appropriate for the patient’s procedure; 1, 2, 3 or 4 hair follicles.

FUE disadvantages

  • Longer harvesting times (performed over 1-2 days).
  • Increased rates of injury to the follicle compared to the FUT technique with transection rates typically in the 3% to 7% range.
  • May require the donor hair to be cut very short for the procedure.

WHY choose SmartGraft® FUE

Dr. Reese has seen and/or used every FUE device ever invented. SmartGraft® is the fastest, most technically-advanced, most accurate and most follicle protecting FUE device ever invented.

Most FUE devices only score the scalp leaving the follicle in place which must be manually extracted; it is this manual extraction component (pulling) where injury to the follicle occurs.

After scoring the scalp, the SmartGraft® advanced technology suction-extracts the follicles without manually pulling on them. It is the manual pulling action that leads to so much injury in the follicles using traditional FUE equipment. The extracted follicles are then stored in a moist, chilled environment to avoid dehydration of the extracted follicles. Other FUE devices do not provide this added benefit.

Currently Reese Hair Restoration is the only practice in the Twin Cities to have the SmartGraft® technology.

Click below to watch some short informational videos about the SmartGraft technology:

Combination of FUT and FUE

All hair transplant surgeons are challenged with the concept of large demand zones (where the hair is needed), versus smaller supply zones (where hair is removed from).

Most patients have a “mismatch” with large area demand zones, compared to smaller area supply zones.

For patients that have experienced significant hair loss that would require very large hair transplant procedures, the combination of the FUT and FUE techniques are ideal to obtain the maximum number of follicles available to transplant in a single day treatment session.

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