Chicago Hair Institute

Hair Loss Treatment for Women

Thinning hair or an unusually high hairline can make you feel self-conscious and prevent you from wearing certain styles.

At the Chicago Hair Institute, Dr. Raymond J. Konior provides personalized and innovative hair loss treatment for women.

Wondering how hair loss treatment at our Chicago, IL, office can transform your self-image and give you peace of mind?

3 Benefits of Visiting Our Hair Loss Specialist

Professional Diagnosis

In order to determine whether a restoration procedure is right for you, Dr. Konior will first identify the cause of hair loss by performing a professional evaluation. As a part of your exam, we may perform laboratory blood tests, scalp biopsies, and a full medical history evaluation to precisely determine the cause of your hair loss and whether the condition can be corrected using surgical methods.

Carefully Planned Procedure

We never recommend surgery unless it can treat your unique condition, so a careful diagnosis is very important. We also want to ensure that your results meet your expectations, so we work closely with you to discuss your goals and determine whether they can be met with surgery. In order to offer the safest, most effective solutions, we have undergone advanced training and work with internationally renowned experts in the field.

Life-Changing Results

A full head of healthy hair can dramatically transform your facial features, helping you feel more feminine and more beautiful. Because we carefully screen every candidate at our Chicago practice, we can accurately predict great results. Most times, the results of good female candidates rival those of men. By regaining your feminine locks, you can feel more confident in all areas of your life.

Ready to Regain Your Youthful Appearance? 
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Dr. Konior and Dr. Nadimi
Dr. Konior and Dr. Nadimi

You don't have to cover your forehead or head with hats and scarves. With the help of Dr. Konior, you can conceal thinning and achieve realistic, permanent hair growth in just a few sessions. Dr. Sahar Nadimi provides a range of complementary procedures to further refine your appearance, such as dermal fillers and facelift and eyelid surgery. Our doctors specialize in hair restoration and cosmetic surgery for both male and female candidates and are members of various notable organizations, such as the: 

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

To speak with us about your concerns, request a consultation online or call our Chicago office at:

(630) 932-9690

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Just a great guy , he would excel at anything he does ,affable and down to earth , had a few sessions with DR. KONIOR and each one of them was like the first ,a complete analysis, followed by a thorough explanation of the pending procedure , and the results were always beyond expectations the whole staff from Tom in reception to the nurses that do the initial prep work , "you could not ask for a better staff" .

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I did extensive research and came to he conclusion he is the best and the world. If you don't believe me then please spend a good 6 months investigating and if you go elsewhere then good luck! He spent 17 hours on my surgery and did ALL of the graft work. Yes he has a team of technicians to assist him (HT's are not a one man job). His overall manner and enthusiasm are first class and the results will astonish you. The only downside is he is booked out for months in advance so be prepared to wait a long time for surgery or consultation. It is well worth it. He is contactable via email and answers questions usually within 24 hours. By the way, I travelled 6,000 miles for my HT.

A Brief Overview of What to Expect

According to an article released by Harvard Health Publishing, one-third of all women will experience alopecia (hair loss) at some point in their lifetime. Because female baldness is considered less socially acceptable than it is in men, the condition can bring about strong feelings of self-consciousness

Our medical team in Chicago is proud to offer surgical solutions, which typically generate more reliable, permanent results than over-the-counter treatments like minoxidil (or Rogaine®). During our transplant procedures, we will take healthy hair follicles from another area of your scalp that is not affected by baldness and carefully transplant the hair follicles into the areas of concern. To ensure that your procedure is comfortable and carefully performed, treatments are typically performed over several sessions

Illustration showing severities of female hair loss

Many female hair loss patterns can be classified using the Ludwig classification system. The Ludwig system divides progressive female hair loss into three stages. 

Regain Your Feminine Locks

The various causes of female hair loss are discussed by Dr. Sahar Nadimi. She strives to understand each patient's concerns and goals so she can recommend the best treatment. Her extensive knowledge and training allow her and Dr. Konior to help women regain one of their most noticeable features so they can feel beautiful again.

Conditions We Can Treat with Surgery

Those who have stable or localized hair recession generally make excellent candidates for surgical hair restoration at the Chicago Hair Institute. This is because they typically have excellent donor hair reserves that are capable of achieving a full restoration in the affected area. This category includes those with:

A high forehead or deep recessions can create an aged or masculine look or simply create an unbalanced facial appearance. If you are bothered by an excessively high forehead or age-related frontal hairline recession, you may make an excellent candidate for surgical restoration. Candidates with these conditions generally have an abundant supply of donor hair which allows for a complete restoration. Women seeking improvement for these situations may benefit from a procedure which transplants hair to the front of the head and fills deep recessions. Our surgeon uses a custom-tailored approach to match the results with your unique facial characteristics to fully accentuate your natural beauty. 

Visible scarring along the forehead, ears, and sideburns occasionally follows facelift and brow lift surgery. These concerns are easily repaired using our ultra-refined follicular unit transplantation. Hair transplants can help camouflage even the worst facelift or brow lift scars. Camouflage is possible whether these scars are located around the ears or forehead. Follicular unit grafts are implanted directly into and around any problematic scar to create a seamless transition between the facial skin and the scarred area. Hairlines and sideburns that have been moved into unnatural positions or shapes from aggressive facelift or brow lift techniques can also be repaired with ultra-refined grafting techniques.

Woman's high forehead marked with marker
Age-Related Recession

As we get older, our hair growth drastically slows down as part of the natural aging process. As hair follicles start to produce less hair, we experience thinner hair towards the front of our heads. If you still have healthy donor sites in other areas of your scalp, such as the back of the head, you will typically be a good candidate for surgical hair restoration.

Woman's high forehead marked with marker
Traction or Trauma-Related Loss

Patients with hair loss from traction (braids, extensions, and weaves), trauma, infection, and chemicals (perms, dyes, and straighteners) generally make very good candidates for surgical restoration. As long as adequate donor reserves remain intact, a full restoration can be accomplished to thicken areas thinned by these traumatic factors.

Surgery vs. Over-the-Counter Treatment

One of the most popular and widely used treatments for hair loss is minoxidil (also marketed as Rogaine). Minoxidil can often slow the effects of alopecia, but it typically does not restore hair that has already been lost. Therefore, it is not an effective treatment option if you have already lost hair or have scarring. For the right candidate, surgery will typically be the surest way to cover bald spots across the scalp.

Our Results Speak for Themselves

BEFORE SURGERY - GENERAL VIEW OF THE THINNING AREA

Before hair restoration


BEFORE SURGERY - DEMARCATION OF THE TREATMENT AREA

Before hair restoration


AFTER SURGERY - FRONTAL VIEW OF RESTORATION

After hair restoration


AFTER SURGERY - CLOSE UP VIEW

After hair restoration

However, Some Women May Not Be Good Candidates for Surgery

Candidates with diffuse or progressive hair loss patterns are considered risky candidates for surgery. Unlike male pattern baldness, which has a well-recognized genetic basis, diffuse female hair loss is much more complicated and can have many causes. Although some in this category make reasonable surgical candidates, the majority of those with a diffuse hair loss pattern cannot benefit from surgical intervention. Unfortunately, diffuse patterns often extend into the donor region and deplete the very reserves that are needed for restoration. Therefore, proper diagnosis and careful patient selection are mandatory for women with diffuse loss in order to prevent unwarranted surgery and maximize the benefits of non-surgical therapy.

Prior to considering hair transplantation for a female patient, it is necessary to identify the cause of the hair loss. Hair loss arising from many medical conditions can typically be corrected without surgery.

We will begin by evaluating the cause of your hair loss at our Chicago office with a scalp biopsy or blood tests. In some cases, medical management such as prescription medication can treat the disorder, stop hair loss, and possibly restore some of the lost hair. 

Highly Reviewed by Our Patients

"Dr. Nadimi is one of the most precise physicians I have met with... She is very informative, professional, and motivated. She thoroughly elaborated on all the question I had. The office staff is also very kind, yet professional, which allowed me to feel very welcomed. Something I always appreciate! I highly recommend Dr. Sahar Nadimi for all of your cosmetic desires!" Stephanie D.

Conditions That Can Benefit from Non-Surgical Care

If you are losing hair because of a medical condition, you may not be a good candidate for surgical hair restoration. These conditions include:

Thyroid Dysfunction

Disorders of the thyroid gland, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, can lead to pronounced hair loss. Thyroid dysfunction and the consequent hair loss are more common in females compared to males. The team at the Chicago Hair Institute can often coordinate with your doctor to address this particular concern.

Pregnancy-Related Hair Loss

Hormonal and stress-related hair loss is common following pregnancy. It is usually temporary and often reverses several months following its onset. Shedding commonly stops and healthy hair growth resumes once hormonal fluctuations have returned to normal, but occasionally, this type of hair loss is permanent.

Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is more common in women than in men and this condition may also be the cause of unexplained hair loss. Our doctors can diagnose this somewhat common condition with a simple blood test. In general, dietary iron supplements are recommended for hair loss caused by this type of deficiency.

Low Estrogen

Estrogen levels naturally drop as we age, and approximately two-thirds of women experience significant hair loss after menopause. Hormonal replacement may help some candidates combat post-menopausal thinning. We can work with other care providers, if necessary, to treat this cause at our Chicago practice.

Vitamin Supplements/Medication Side-Effects

Many medications contribute to hair loss and thinning. Dietary supplements can also influence hair loss because they can contain high doses of vitamins and herbs that interfere with hair growth. Medications should be reviewed with your physician to determine if they are the cause of your hair loss.

Prolonged Stress

Stress is a well-recognized cause of hair loss. Divorce, loss of employment, and the death of a loved one come to mind as factors which can lead to stress-related hair loss. This type of hair loss can resolve once the stress has been controlled. Stress management techniques, such as meditation, may be helpful. 

We Can Treat Thinning and More

Woman's thinning hair
In contrast to men, widespread thinning throughout the crown is an even more common complaint among our female patients.

Want to Find out If You Are a Candidate? Schedule a Virtual Consultation

The best way to determine whether hair restoration surgery is right for you is to schedule a virtual consultation. Simply take these steps:

  • Take photos of your head and scalp from various angles including the back of your head, which will act as the donor region.
  • If you have a high forehead, use a marker to draw your ideal hairline and take a photo of your desired results.
  • Send Dr. Konior a message that includes details about your hair growth goals, previous surgery, and use of any therapies such as minoxidil.

Our team will respond to your message as soon as possible. To learn more, request your consultation online or call the Chicago Hair Institute at:

(630) 932-9690

I'm worried about discomfort. Is the procedure painful?

Your Comfort Is Our Top Priority

Before we begin each procedure, we will apply a gentle local anesthetic to your scalp to ensure that you do not feel any discomfort during treatment. While some patients experience some discomfort or tightness while healing from surgery, these side effects can typically be relieved with over-the-counter medication

Our Unique Approach Ensures Beautiful Results

As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Konior is familiar with the intricate patterns in which hair grows from the scalp. He combines a keen eye for detail with a specialized skillset to carefully place each hair follicle in a position where it will look natural and provide effective coverage. Every staff member at the Chicago Hair Institute has an in-depth understanding of how females' appearances should look in comparison to men's, which allows us to produce incredibly natural-looking results.

What Our Patients Are Saying about Us

"If you are like me, wondering the pros and cons of undergoing hair restoration. Just stop wondering, stop questioning! It will be the best thing you've ever done... hands down! Once you have overcome that hurdle... do yourself the favor and get it done by Dr Raymond Konior!" Christian Chouchani, September 2018

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Our friendly team is ready to meet you.

At the Chicago Hair Institute, we welcome men and women who want to correct hair loss or enhance their look with cosmetic surgery. Our doctors stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and are members of several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Ready to see one of the nation's leading hair transplant surgeons? Request an appointment online or call us at (630) 932-9690.

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