Hair Restoration

Women experiencing hair loss have more treatment options than ever to restore density and fullness as well as shine and manageability to sparse, thinning hair.  Hair loss treatments include hair restoration surgery and non-surgical topical treatments like Rogaine® and laser light therapy – and all are available at The Skin Center Medical Spa.  

Women's Hair Loss Factors Include:

  • Hormonal Changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Vitamin Deficiency
  • Side Effect of Certain Medications
  • Chemicals found in Hair Products
  • Genetic Hair Loss or Female Pattern Hair Loss 

Female hair loss can be improved through a number of treatment options available at The Skin Center Medical Spa in Pittsburgh. These hair loss treatments can improve the health and vitality of the hair, improve hair growth and thickness and surgically restore thin and sparse hair with the patient’s naturally growing hair. 


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Female Hair Loss Treatment Options

Female hair loss treatment should begin with a visit to a primary care physician who, through simple blood testing, can rule out any medical condition that may cause hair loss. 

If a medical condition is not the cause of the female hair loss, it may be genetically induced hair loss also called female pattern hair loss.  Hair loss in women can occur as a natural part of the aging process. Available in Pittsburgh, female hair loss treatments include:

  • Hair Restoration Surgery
  • Stem Cell & PRP Assisted Hair Transplant
  • PRP Hair Growth Treatment
  • Rogaine for Women
  • Laser Light Therapy

Hair Restoration Surgery for Women

In Pittsburgh, follicular unit hair restoration surgery, performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dominic Brandy, MD, is a hair transplantation technique that is commonly performed on women with thinning hair. Performed at The Skin Center’s state-licensed and nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgical center located in Pittsburgh, hair restoration surgery uses the woman's own hair to restore fullness and volume to thinning areas. To obtain the best results in women, follicular units that contain one to three hairs are used in the hair restoration process.

During a simple outpatient procedure, hair follicles are harvested from the "fringe area" which is located in the back of the head and are then transplanted carefully into the areas where the hair is thinning.  Using a very precise technique, there is very little or no damage to the existing hair on the patient's head and there is no need to worry about losing the newly transplanted hair because this hair, which originally grew in the "fringe" area, is not predisposed to pattern baldness.  

Most women are very satisfied with the results after one or two follicular unit hair restoration surgery sessions, while others opt for an additional procedure for added fullness.

Stem Cell & PRP Hair Transplant Surgery

At The Skin Center in Pittsburgh, hair restoration surgery combined with stem cell therapy and PRP uses the unique repair mechanism of your own stem cells to provide rapid healing to the donor hair site and improve the vitality, density and growth of the transplanted hair as well as slow the hair loss process.

Combining both stem cells and PRP therapy during hair restoration surgery stimulates hair growth and helps stabilize further hair loss. The combination of Stem Cell & PRP therapy is used in the following ways during Hair Restoration Surgery:

  • Injected into the various points in the scalp to promote new, healthy hair growth.
  • Placed in the donor site incision to encourage faster wound healing and minimize scarring.
  • The extracted hair will be bathed in the stem cell and PRP solution prior to implantation to add growth factors to the hair, reduce trauma to the extracted hair and stimulate healthy, hair growth.

To learn more about the benefits of Stem Cell & PRP Assisted Hair Restoration Surgery or PRP Hair Growth Treatment, visit the following treatment pages.

Female Hair Loss Treatment: Rogaine

Rogaine for Women contains minoxidil, which is the only FDA-approved active ingredient to improve female hair loss.  It has been proven safe and effective in the treatment of hair loss in women through extensive clinical trials and years of consumer experience. 

Rogaine for women works with the natural hair growth cycle.  Normal hair growth occurs in three cycles or phases:

  • Growth Phase
  • Transition Phase
  • Resting Phase

Sometime during the resting phase, the hair will fall out, or shed, in preparation for new hair to grow.  Thus beginning the hair growth phase once again.   

For the hair follicles that are genetically predetermined to shed or become thin, the hair follicles get smaller and smaller, which reduces the amount of time the hair follicles spend in the growth phase.  This process is called miniaturization.  Rogaine for women, as a hair loss treatment, reverses the hair thinning process and lengthens the growth phase by revitalizing the hair follicle.  

For women, who are not satisfied with the results from Rogaine for women, hair restoration surgery for women may be a consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which type of hair loss treatment is best?
During a private consultation with an experienced hair loss specialist, they will examine your hair loss pattern and review your medical history information and current medications to confirm the cause of hair loss. The best course of treatment for you will be based on your personal concerns and expectations. Using a unique magnification system, the natural follicular growth pattern will be examined to determine the stage of hair loss. If hair restoration surgery is necessary, then a microscopic hair loss tool will help identify the natural follicular growth pattern so that the same pattern may be duplicated during the hair transplantation surgery.
Can over-the-counter hair products help stop hair loss in women?
There are many hair loss products on the market today that claim to stop hair loss or help re-grow lost hair. Unfortunately, many of these hair loss products cannot support their claims with clinical data. The Skin Center Medical Spa offers female hair loss treatments that are proven effective through clinical studies or hair restoration surgery which offers a permanent result to hair loss.
Are there any alternative female hair loss treatment options?
The only female hair loss treatment options found to be effective in slowing the progression of female hair loss are Rogaine for women and hair restoration surgery for more permanent* results. However, for women with thinning or brittle hair, low level laser light treatment has been effective in improving the condition and quality of the hair by thickening the hair shaft. With continued treatment this has been shown to halt the progression of additional hair loss in some cases.
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual's physical appearance, but also to his or her self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.

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