Hair Transplant for Women: Average Cost, Before & After Result

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Written by Hexahealth Care Team, last updated on 12 December 2023| min read
Hair Transplant for Women: Average Cost, Before & After Result

Quick Summary

  • Hair loss is a common condition for both men and women.
  • Hair transplantation is a safe and effective treatment for hair loss in women.
  • The cost of a hair transplant for women varies depending on the surgeon and the extent of the hair loss.

Hair loss is a common condition, unpleasant for both men and women. The taboo associated with hair loss for women restricts them from getting medical support, leading to embarrassment, emotional trauma, and unwanted stress. But not anymore! Women can get a female hair transplant to help restore a fuller head of hair. The most common question related to hair transplant is - is hair transplantation possible for women? The answer is yes! Earlier, hair transplantation was considered a baldness solution just for men. However, now it is also available for women who tackle the issue of hair loss. 


Almost one in every five women experiences some degree of hair loss caused by several factors. Unlike men losing hair in patches, women witness a subtle thinning all over their scalps. You can choose to get a hair transplant if thinning hair bothers you. Continue reading the blog to learn more about the procedure, cost, and results of a hair transplant for women.

What is a Hair Transplant for Women?

It is a surgery in which the dermatologist or plastic surgeon moves hair follicles from the donor area and implants them in the areas with thin or no hair. 
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are the two methods used for hair transplant. The best hair transplant for women depends on the type of hair loss experienced. Some forms of hair transplant include:-
  1. Androgenetic Alopecia (Female Pattern Baldness): It is usually a hereditary condition in which hair growth slows down. The hair follicles shrink, leading to thinner and finer hair that breaks easily. Female pattern baldness starts at the part line and sometimes appears all over the head. 
  2. Traction Alopecia: A form of hair loss caused by repeatedly pulling on your hair. You can develop this condition if you frequently tie your hair in a tight bun, braid, or ponytail. 
  3. Telogen Effluvium: Second most common type of hair loss that occurs due to a change in the number of hair follicles responsible for hair growth. This condition can be caused by physical trauma like being in a car crash, having surgery, or exposure to toxins. A sudden change in hormone levels and some antidepressants can also trigger the condition. 
  4. Scarring Alopecia: Also called cicatricial alopecia, it is an inflammatory condition that destroys hair follicles and causes scarring and permanent hair loss.
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Candidates for Female Hair Transplant

Though hair transplant has become a common procedure for women as well, few women have the type of hair loss that makes them an ideal candidate for the procedure. The candidates for a hair transplant include women who have:
  1. A distinct pattern of baldness in which the hair on the back and side of the scalp remains intact.
  2. Had previous plastic or cosmetic surgery and witnessed hair loss around the incision site.
  3. Scarring alopecia from accidents, chemical burns, etc. (hair transplant can fill the scar and reduce its visibility).
  4. Suffered hair loss due to traction alopecia or alopecia marginalis.

How is Hair Transplant Performed in Women?

Hair transplants for women require utmost care and precision throughout the procedure. It is generally performed in the doctor’s office. Before the procedure, the surgeon will clean your scalp and inject medicine to numb the back of your head. The two types of hair transplantation include:

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

The steps involved in FUE are as follows:
  1. The surgeon will shave your scalp and administer local anaesthesia to numb it. 
  2. They will use a tool with a fine tip to remove hair follicles from the back of your scalp. 
  3. They will use a needle or blade to make tiny holes in the scalp area that receives the transplant.
  4. The extracted hair follicles will be inserted into these holes at the donor site.
  5. Gauze, graft, or bandages will cover your scalp for a few days after the surgery. 

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

The steps involved in the FUT procedure are as follows:
  1. The surgeon will make a several inches long incision to cut a strip of skin from the back of the head. 
  2. The area where the scalp was removed will be closed with stitches. 
  3. The surgeon will then use a scalpel to divide the strap of the removed scalp into thousands of tiny grafts, each with a single or a few hair follicles. 
  4. They will use a needle or blade to make tiny holes in the scalp area that receives the transplant.
  5. The extracted hair follicles will be inserted into these holes at the donor site.
  6. Gauze, graft, or bandages will cover your scalp for a few days after the surgery. 
  7. The complete hair transplant procedure takes about four to eight hours. FUT is usually preferred over FUE for ladies’ hair transplants as women do not prefer shaving the donor area, a necessary condition in FUE. 

Results After Hair Transplant for Women

If an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon performs a hair transplant, the success rate for women can be as high as 99%. Your transplanted hair will fall out two to three weeks post-surgery. However, you will begin noticing new hair growth within a few months. Your scalp will become fuller in less than a year. Here’s what you can expect in each of these phases:
  1. Two weeks after the transplant: This is the resting phase for hair follicles in which the hair will fall or shed, a process known as shock loss. It is a natural process that you do not need to worry about. Shedding will create a new healthier hair structure. There are no more drastic changes for about a month. 
  2. Two to three months after the transplant: Thexcellentnot excellent in thickness or texture, you will start witnessing hair growth in the recipient area. About 10% to 20% of hair growth will be achieved within two to three months. Moreover, if you had a FUT procedure, the scar would shrink to its final size and shape during this phase. 
  3. Four to six months after the transplant: You will experience 50% to 60% of hair growth during this phase. The hair will become better in thickness and texture. You must pay special attention to avoid sunburn in the recipient area. 
  4. Seven months to a year after the transplant: About 80% to 90% of hair growth is seen at this stage, with an increase in volume and a better texture. 100% hair growth is observed after approximately 18 months. 
​​​​​​​However, you must know that the hair growth progress after a hair transplant varies from person to person as it depends on one's genetic composition. Moreover, it can also differ based on the technique done and the recipient area. For instance, hair follicles in the frontal area may grow faster due to the several arteries and blood vessels in the area responsible for the nourishment of the hair. 

Cost of Hair Transplant in India

The average hair transplant cost for women in India ranges between ₹ 55,000 to ₹ 60,000. While FUE hair transplant ranges between ₹ 30 to ₹ 45 per graft, the cost of FUT hair transplant ranges between ₹ 25 to ₹ 35 per graft. The cost of FUE and FUT hair transplants are as follows for the various number of grafts:
No. of Grafts FUE FUT
500 ₹ 15,000 to ₹ 22,500 ₹ 12,500 to ₹ 17,500
1000 ₹ 30,000 to ₹ 45,000 ₹ 25,000 to ₹ 35,000
1500 ₹ 45,000 to ₹ 67,500 ₹ 37,500 to ₹ 52,500
2000 ₹ 60,000 to ₹ 90,000 ₹ 50,000 to ₹ 70,000
2500 ₹ 75,000 to ₹ 1,12,500 ₹ 62,500 to ₹ 87,500
3000 ₹ 90,000 to ₹ 1,35,000 ₹ 75,000 to ₹ 1,05,000
3500 ₹ 1,05,000 to ₹ 1,57,500 ₹ 87,500 to ₹ 1,22,500
4000 ₹ 1,20,000 to ₹ 1,80,000 ₹ 1,00,000 to ₹ 1,40,000
4500 ₹ 1,35,000 to ₹ 2,02,500 ₹ 1,12,500 to ₹ 1,57,500
The cost of hair transplant in major cities of India includes the following:
City Cost
Bangalore ₹ 77,000 to ₹ 1,65,000
Chennai ₹ 35,000 to ₹ 2,65,000
Delhi ₹ 25,000 to ₹ 1,25,000
Gurgaon ₹ 77,000 to ₹ 1,65,000
Hyderabad ₹ 35,000 to ₹ 2,65,000
Mumbai ₹ 20,000 to ₹ 1,50,000
Pune ₹ 77,000 to ₹ 1,65,000
The different parameters that affect the cost of hair transplant include:
Parameters Affecting Cost Price
Cost for a single graft ₹ 25 to ₹ 80
Surgery cost ₹ 35,000 to ₹ 2,65,000
Post-surgery cost (PRP sessions) ₹ 20,000 to ₹ 60,000 (2 to 6 sessions)
Hospital stay ₹ 6,000 to ₹ 10,000

Factors Affecting the Cost of Female Hair Transplants in India

Several factors affect the cost of hair transplants for women. These factors include:-
  1. Level of baldness: The cost of hair transplant in India is directly proportional to the level of baldness. As the severity of hair loss increases, the number of grafts required also rises, affecting the cost of transplants. 
  2. The total number of grafts required: During the initial consultation, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon will inform you of the number of grafts required to cover the baldness. A hair transplant throughout the scalp is more expensive than a hair transplant in one or two bald spots. 
  3. Hair transplant procedure: The two types of hair transplant techniques for women are FUT and FUE. The cost of both techniques differs, and you will have to pay according to your chosen procedure. 
  4. Experience of the surgeon: A hair transplantation procedure requires a high level of skill and experience. Well-experienced surgeons who are considered experts in the field may charge a higher fee than others. 
  5. Location: The cost of female hair transplant is also affected by the location in India. The surgery is more expensive in areas where the cost of living is high. 
  6. Clinic or hospital: Well-established hospitals and clinics usually charge more than small hospitals for hair transplants in women. 

Conclusion

Hair transplants are highly successful for women if done by an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon. So do hair transplants work for women? Yes, they do! The best hair transplant for women depends on several factors. During your initial consultation, the surgeon will determine which procedure best suits your transplant needs, assess the need for grafts, and the amount and quality of the donor’s hair. 
If you have more doubts about hair transplants for women, you can consult a HexaHealth expert TODAY! Our team of surgeons will offer online or offline consultation at your convenience. Moreover, you can get extensive assistance throughout the treatment, from finding the right doctor and hospital to post-surgery recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, female hair transplants are successful. According to experts, only 2% to 5% of women are ideal candidates for a hair transplant. However, the ideal candidates can achieve a success rate as high as 99% if a well-experienced surgeon performs the hair transplant.
Yes, the results of a female hair transplant are permanent because you cannot undo them. About three months after the hair transplant, new hair starts to grow at a normal rate, and the growth continues for a lifetime. However, sometime the recipient site may affect the growth and longevity of the transplant. 
 
The complete results of a hair transplant in females are usually visible after a year of the procedure. Modern hair transplant techniques are safe, natural, and last a lifetime.
The hair transplant surgery is not painful because the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. While every surgery has some level of pain and discomfort, a hair transplant surgery is usually an easy experience for patients. 
 
The natural and unnatural look of the hair transplants depends on the accuracy of the surgery. If the angle or direction of the transplant goes wrong, it will look fake or unnatural. However, thanks to the advances in creating the hairline and placing hair in the thinning areas, the transplant gives natural-looking results. 
 
Yes, women can opt for a hair transplant if they fulfil the eligibility criteria for transplant. The candidates for a female hair transplant include women who have:
  1. Female pattern baldness
  2. Scarring alopecia
  3. Traction alopecia
  4. Had previous cosmetic surgery around the incision area
Transplanted hair usually falls out after one to five weeks of the surgery. However, new hair grows again a few months after the procedure. 
 
Yes, female hair loss can be treated. The treatment depends on the cause of hair loss. Some common treatment options include the following:
  1. Medications
  2. Hair transplant surgery
  3. Injections of protein-rich plasma (PRP)
  4. Microneedling of the scalp
Medications or procedures like hair transplants and Protein-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections can help regrow a woman’s hair. Some lifestyle solutions can also help your locks thrive. These solutions include:
  1. Stress less
  2. Take a proper diet 
  3. Try a natural vitamin supplement
  4. Try essential oils
  5. Use Minoxidil, the only FDA-approved topical treatment for female hair loss
  6. Get rid of dandruff
  7. Handle your hair strands with care
The average cost of a hair transplant for women in India ranges between INR 55,000 to INR 60,000. The surgery cost varies depending on several factors, such as:
  1. The level of baldness
  2. The total number of grafts required
  3. The expertise of the surgeon
  4. Hair transplant procedure
  5. Location
  6. Clinic or hospital
Deficiency of vitamin D, zinc, selenium, riboflavin, folate, biotin, and vitamin B12 can cause hair loss. Usually, correcting these deficiencies can reverse the hair loss problem. 
 
Usually, female hair loss does not come back after the transplant surgery due to the nature of the harvested hair follicles. However, transplanted hair can thin over time. 
 
Certain products and ingredients can help slow down or even reverse female hair loss, depending on the cause of hair thinning. Some of the best products for female hair loss include:
  1. Rogaine 5% Unscented Minoxidil Foam
  2. Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment
  3. Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Shampoo
  4. Vegamour GRO Hair Serum
  5. Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash
Yes, they can. Women who undergo hair transplants may witness thinning hair for the first three months. However, three months after the procedure, hair may begin to grow thicker and fuller.
Women usually experience some loss or thinning of hair in their 40s or 50s. Almost 55% of all women experience hair loss by the time they reach 70 years. The most common cause is a genetic condition known as female-pattern baldness, characterised by the gradual thinning of hair. 
 
Hair loss in females develops from hormonal imbalances, especially dihydrotestosterone (DHT) imbalances. DHT can get attached to the receptors on the hair follicles, causing the follicles to shrink and contributing to hair loss. The increase in DHT can also result from other things that cause hormonal imbalances, such as stress, menopause, and underlying thyroid issues.
Yes, being an important member of the women’s health care team, a gynaecologist can help with hair loss. Common types of hair loss, like telogen effluvium and female pattern baldness, can be diagnosed and managed by an OB-GYN (obstetrician/gynaecologist). 
 
Yes, hair transplants are an effective cure for female pattern baldness. The procedure can help restore hair permanently for women with irreversible hair thinning and loss.

Updated on : 12 December 2023

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and learning purposes only. It doesn't cover every medical condition and might not be relevant to your personal situation. This information isn't medical advice, isn't meant for diagnosing any condition, and shouldn't replace talking to a certified medical or healthcare professional.

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Dr. Priyanka Sharma

Dr. Priyanka Sharma

MBBS, DNB Plastic Surgery

14 Years Experience

Dr Priyanka Sharma is a well-known Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon associated with HealthPort Clinic in Delhi. She has 14 years of experience in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery and worked as an expert Plastic,...View More

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