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Female Hair Restoration

Female Hair Restoration

Newport Beach, CA

Hair loss is a difficult experience for most people, but it can be especially upsetting for women.

Our female patients often feel like an important part of their identity and sense of femininity is being taken away as their hair thins.

Many people think of hair loss as a male problem, but 40 percent of hair-loss sufferers are women. The loss presents differently in women than in men, typically as thinning rather than balding, but it can significantly reduce hair density, affecting a woman’s appearance and self-confidence.

At Varona Hair Restoration we have the medical expertise to understand the causes of female hair loss. We also have the experience and skill to provide successful hair-restoration solutions.

Varona Hair Restoration specializes in the leading techniques for restoring natural-looking density for women suffering from hair loss. Whether your hair shedding is caused by medical conditions, hormonal fluctuations, or other factors, our expert team will design a custom treatment plan to restore your hair and your confidence.

You no longer have to feel held back in life because of your hair loss. Discover a more beautiful, confident you with female hair restoration in Newport Beach.

Contact Varona Hair Restoration to schedule your personal consultation for female hair restoration.

Understanding the Causes of
Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss for women is usually much more complex when compared to hair loss in men. This is why Dr. Christopher Varona takes the time during consultations to carefully assess your medical history and get to the underlying cause of your hair loss. Our female patients typically have a full work-up and a biopsy, if necessary, to rule out other issues.

Hair loss in women is frequently caused by the following:

In men, the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is thought to play a major role in triggering hair loss. While most women have very low levels of this hormone, even small amounts have been shown to cause female pattern baldness (also known as androgenic alopecia). This type of hair loss in women can also be hereditary.   

Female pattern baldness usually first manifests as a widening part, and you might start to see more visible scalp. As shedding continues, you may notice diffuse thinning all over the top of your head. It typically does not cause complete baldness, but some women with more advanced cases may have significant thinning on the top of the head and crown area. 

Significant hormonal fluctuations have been known to trigger hair loss in women. This frequently occurs when women start or stop taking hormonal birth control pills, and it can also happen after pregnancy. Women who have medical conditions like PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) usually have increased androgens, which are male hormones. These male hormones can cause symptoms like acne, increased body hair, and loss of hair on the scalp.

Nutritional deficiencies are another common cause of hair loss for our female patients. Women are particularly susceptible to iron deficiency anemia because of menstruation. With iron deficiency anemia, the body cannot produce enough hemoglobin, which is essential for hair growth. A deficiency in vitamin D can also lead to significant hair shedding.

Because the causes of female hair loss can be complex, Dr. Christopher Varona takes the time during consultations to carefully assess your medical history and get to the underlying cause of your hair loss. Our female patients typically have a full workup and a biopsy as part of their evaluation before a personalized treatment plan is developed.

Treatment for Female Hair Loss

Treatment for female hair loss can focus on restoring the vigor of hair follicles or on moving vigorous follicles from places on the scalp where hair is thick to spots where it is thin.

Dr. Christopher Varona, of Varona Hair Restoration in Newport Beach, CA, has deep experience and expertise in both approaches. We use the latest and most effective techniques for restoring natural-looking density for women suffering from hair loss. We tailor treatment to address the causes of your hair loss and provide the look you want to achieve. Whether your hair thinning is caused by a medical condition, hormonal fluctuations, or other factors, our expert team will design a custom treatment plan to restore your hair and your self-confidence.

Treatment with Medication

Early-stage hair loss can be slowed and often reversed with medication. Medication can also be used effectively in combination with restorative surgery. The leading medications for hair-loss treatment include Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine®).

Finasteride, or Propecia, works by inhibiting the production of the hormone DHT, which has been identified as a contributing cause of hair loss.

Minoxidil, or Rogaine®, is a topical treatment, applied to the surface of the scalp, that stimulates the flow of blood to hair follicles. It can help keep follicles active that might otherwise stop growing hair. It can even revive dormant follicles.

These medications are most appropriate for people who are in the early stages of hair loss and are not ready to consider surgical hair restoration. They can also be used in combination with hair restoration surgery.

For some women, iron deficiency may contribute to hair loss. You may be tested for this as part of your medical evaluation at Varona Hair Restoration. 

If you do have an iron deficiency, iron supplements may be part of your hair-restoration treatment.

How Female Hair Restoration Is Performed

women with blond hair in a ponytail

Surgical female hair restoration is typically performed using the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) technique, but it can also be performed using follicular unit extraction (FUE) as well. FUT does not require the patient to shave large sections of their head, which is why it’s a popular option for our female patients.

During this procedure, a small strip of tissue is surgically removed from the back of the patient’s head. Hairs in this area are more resistant to balding, which makes them ideal for transplanting. Once the strip of tissue is removed, the individual hair grafts are dissected and counted until the desired amount is collected.

Dr. Varona then prepares the transplant sites to receive the grafts. This important step requires a great deal of artistry and precision. Dr. Varona’s technique ensures that the angle and distribution of the transplanted grafts match the surrounding hair. This approach allows him to create superior, natural-looking results.

IS FEMALE HAIR RESTORATION RIGHT FOR YOU?

Female hair restoration with FUT surgery is a great option for women who:

  • Are seeking a long-term solution to hair loss
  • Exhibit pattern baldness or hair loss caused by hormones
  • Have not responded to medication

At your initial consultation, Dr. Varona will help you explore your full range of options. If your hair loss is still in the early stages, you may want to start a medication such as Rogaine®. Many of our female patients also have success with PRP therapy. This is not a surgical hair restoration technique, but it can help regrow hair and enhance the overall results of surgical hair restoration.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy

PRP therapy is a new advance in hair-loss treatment. Platelets are extracted from your blood, and this platelet-rich plasma is injected into your scalp. Blood platelets have regenerative properties, and by boosting their concentration in the scalp, your follicles can be stimulated to healthy hair growth. As with medication treatments, PRP therapy is most appropriate for treating early-stage hair loss, or for use in combination with hair-restoration surgery.

Hair-Restoration Surgery

Hair-restoration surgery is a procedure to transplant hair follicles from a part of the scalp where hair is thick but less visible to locations where thicker hair is needed. Surgical female hair restoration is typically performed using the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) technique, but it can also be performed using follicular unit extraction (FUE) as well. FUT does not require the patient to shave large sections of their head, which is why it’s a popular option for our female patients.

FUT (follicular unit transplantation) hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure in which a group of hair follicles, in a small strip of tissue, is harvested from the back of the head. This strip of tissue is then minutely dissected to separate the individual follicles, which are artfully transplanted into thinning areas of the scalp to restore hair density. This procedure does leave a small linear scar at the back of the scalp, where the “donor” tissue is removed, but this is easily concealed with a hairstyle that covers the spot.

FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant is a similar procedure in which hair follicles are individually harvested from a thick-growth area of your scalp and implanted in areas where hair is thin.

Dr. Christopher Varona is renowned for his skillful hair transplant techniques and for his ability to seamlessly incorporate the grafts into the patient’s natural growth pattern. He ensures that the angle and distribution of the transplanted grafts match the surrounding hair. The result is a thick, natural-looking growth where hair had been thin.

Before & After

Young female patient with a genetically higher hairline wanted to add density and lower hairline and advance temples. The right side pictures are after 10 months.

African American woman's hairline restoration after 10 months and FUT treatment

Schedule a Consultation

Hair Loss Treatment in Newport Beach

If you’re interested in female hair restoration, take the next step by scheduling a personal consultation with us in Newport Beach. Dr. Varona would be happy to assess your hair loss and set you up with an effective treatment plan.

Discover a more beautiful, confident you with female hair restoration.

Frequently ASked Questions

Female Hair Restoration

Recovery from FUT surgery is minimal. You will likely experience some mild pain and swelling on the treated areas for the first few days. By one week to 10 days, you will start to notice scabbing around the transplant and harvest sites, but these temporary symptoms resolve on their own.

FUT surgery does produce a fine linear scar on the back of the scalp. In most cases, this scar will be easily concealed by your hair.

The transplanted hair will follow the same growth behavior from the area it was harvested from, so your results will be very long lasting.

Meet Dr. Varona

Blending Artistry with Surgical Excellence

As a former hair transplant patient himself, Dr. Varona understands the transformative power of hair restoration. He is inspired by the way these treatments can completely change someone’s outlook, and he has spent the last decade perfecting techniques that produce natural-looking, long-lasting results. Dr. Varona approaches hair restoration from an artistic perspective; the graft sites are meticulously placed to match the patient’s natural hair.

Dr. Varona blends this artistic approach with superior surgical techniques to restore thick, healthy hair. He is one of the few surgeons who perform FUE extractions himself, and he uses specialized tools to manually control the depth, angle, and distribution of hair grafts for natural-looking density. This dedication to detail and artistry has made Dr. Varona one of the leading hair transplant surgeons in the field.

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