Hair Transplant For Forehead

A hair transplant for forehead allows women to personalise their hairlines to make the forehead appear smaller or more ‘feminine’ by increasing hair density further down the forehead and filling in this hair in your desired hairline shape. Let’s look at why so many women have chosen to undergo hair transplantation on their foreheads and whether you are a good candidate.

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The perfect candidates for a hair transplant for forehead

As with any other surgical procedure, your doctor will first take into account your candidacy for the operation and how likely you are to benefit from the permanent results that can be achieved through hair transplantation. The best candidates for a hair transplant for forehead:

Possess sufficient donor hair

Hair transplantation requires the transferral of hair from one part of the head to another. This process results in the removal of hair follicles from the donor area and implantation of the follicles in another area of the head. Where the follicles were extracted, the hair will no longer grow.

In order to ensure that the extracted follicles do not affect the aesthetic of your hair in the donor area, the follicles are extracted in a diffused manner so that thinning is not observed. However, should you not possess enough donor hair, you will be advised not to continue with your procedure as this will result in thinning behind the head, where they may not have been a problem, to begin with.

Struggle with female pattern baldness

This hair loss becomes more prominent in women over the age of 40 and is more likely to affect women who have an ancestral history of hair loss. Female pattern baldness often results in thinning of the hairline, side, and the back of the head. This hair thinning is observed as reduced coverage, especially where the hair parts at the top of the head.

Have experienced traction alopecia

This type of alopecia is defined as hair loss that is caused by tight styling and repeated hair pulling. You may be observing the effects of this condition on your hairline if you have a habit of repeatedly tying up your hair in tight buns, braids, or ponytails. The hair loss effects of traction alopecia may worsen if you regularly use harsh, damaging chemicals on your hair such as sulphates and parabens which are commonly found in plenty of drugstore products.

If you can adjust your hair styling habits, hair transplants for forehead are the perfect hair restoration solution for you as there are no hormonal factors influencing hair loss that may result in further hair thinning later on down the line after your procedure.

Have alopecia as a result of scarring

More often than not, serious injuries such as cuts and lacerations result in the replacement of hair follicles with scar tissue which leads to impeded hair growth around the healed tissue. Fortunately, hair transplantation can fix scarring alopecia by simply transplanting live follicles into the scarred area in which previously existing hair follicles have died.

Because scarring alopecia is not linked to any hormonal or genetic hair loss conditions, the likelihood of continued, permanent hair growth after the healing process is amplified.

Transgender women

For many transgender women, the purpose of a hair transplant for forehead is to achieve a more feminine hairline. Transgender women tend to possess a ‘masculine’ M-shaped hairline and often look to achieve the U-shaped hairline that many women desire. Additionally, forehead transplants may also safeguard transgender women from the effects of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a male sex hormone that would have previously been exposed to the hair follicles before their transition procedure.

The effects of DHT could result in a receding hairline, ultimately elongating the forehead. Fortunately, a hair transplant is permanent because it makes use of hair follicles that are less susceptible to DHT, therefore, the possibility of a receding hairline after a hair transplant for forehead is almost none.

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The ideal feminine hairline

In comparison to men who ideally possess an M-shaped hairline, women’s hairlines tend to grow in the shape of an inverted U. What exactly constitutes a high hairline, and what is considered ideal? 

First and foremost, if you are not unhappy with your hairline then you should not allow the following information to sway your confidence. These measurements are based on various sources and are listed as average ideal measurements. An ideal hairline is roughly 5-6cm above the eyebrows, measured vertically from the most central part of the brow directly vertical towards the hairline.

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Hair loss around the hairline

Losing hair around the hairline is not completely age-related. In fact, many women may experience hair loss as a result of:

  • The hormonal effects that being pregnant or giving birth has on your body.
  • The impact that chemotherapy or related medications can have on hair loss.
  • Extremely limiting diets that lead to rapid weight loss and protein malnutrition. Protein malnutrition often leads to hair loss because your body does not consider your hair to be an essential component in keeping you alive, so in order to be able to disperse enough nutrients from your limited protein bank to your extremities which keep you alive, your body rejects your hair which feeds off the protein you consume.
  • Consistent tight hairstyling or pulling as this weakens the hair follicles, which forces the hair to transition into the catagen hair growth phase. The catagen phase is outlined as a chapter in which your hair follicles shrink and detach from the root of your hair shaft, which ultimately leads to shedding once the hair transitions into the androgen phase roughly 2 weeks later.

Types of hair transplants for forehead

The best types of hair transplants for forehead include the FUT and FUE methods. The reason for this is that these methods are distinctively suitable for balder sections, in comparison to the DHI method which is most suited to areas that require more density.

Before your procedure, your surgeon will first establish your desired hairline goals. A new hairline will then be created using a laser tool, which helps the surgeon to place the hairline evenly, ensuring that it is even and symmetrical. Once you have both agreed upon the placement of your new hairline, your surgeon will begin extracting hair follicles from the donor area to be implanted in the new hairline.

The hair will then be inserted at the ideal depth in the ideal direction so that the final hair transplant for forehead results appear natural. For women, their hair tends to grow forward from the top of their forehead and backward further down the side of the head. Your surgeon will take this natural growth pattern along with your own natural growth pattern into account to ensure that the transplanted hair grows seamlessly with your hair once it starts growing normally after roughly 6 months to a year.

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