How To Deal With Progressive Hair Loss?

There are various forms and conditions of hair loss, with the most common being genetic, androgenic alopecia, in men commonly known as male pattern baldness, in woman female pattern baldness, MPB and FPB respectively

Genetic hair loss is hard to predict, family history can be a guide but only that as in men MPB can skip generations and even in the same generation progress more in one sibling than another

A Suitable Hair Transplant Candidate? When To Commence Surgical Hair Restoration

A Suitable Hair Transplant Candidate? When To Commence Surgical Hair Restoration

MPB first shows with the miniaturising of the hair shaft until the follicle stops reproducing hairs, then showing signs of hair loss and thinning areas, typically first manifesting in a recession of the hair line

The initial signs of hair loss can have a traumatic impact on some and a knee jerk reaction to find a permanent solution to repair the area of hair loss; but there is not a cure that can repair hair loss; only solutions to either try to retain the existing native hair or hair restoration of areas of hair loss

As MPB is progressive if surgical hair restoration is the method an individual wants to use then timing is vital; when to start restoration will impact on your life long term happiness as a hair transplant has limitations

In the early stages of MPB it is impossible to say how far the pattern of hair loss will progress; also impossible to determine the size of the donor area safe zone, especially if hair loss continues to an advance level

Hair loss retention medications can be a useful tool to limit the effects of hair loss, especially in the earlier stages; although it cannot restore lost hair it can sustain the growth and in some improve the quality of the remaining native hair

The first procedure can set the tone of future hair restoration as the scalp and hair is in the best condition; every future procedure will impair the donor area, even when performed to a high level

The higher the hair loss stage the easier it is to assess the donor safe zone and the progressive pattern of hair loss; in some cases being able to see a demarcation line between the recipient and donor areas

Treating early stages of hair loss with a hair transplant will inevitably require future multiple surgeries to combat future loss, and potentially small touch up sessions to rebuild areas to sustain a natural look

If surgical restoration is left to a slightly later stage of thinning a larger area can be treated effectively and sustain a balanced coverage even if hair loss progresses; and a future procedure is always available when required

Advanced stages of hair loss have complications and require a large number of hairs but on the right candidate it is possible to complete restoration from hair line to crown with correct planning and mutual agreement between the candidate and doctor

A Master Plan is important when looking at surgical hair restoration; not all individuals are good candidates as the donor resource is finite and will differ from person to person; deciding when to begin surgical hair restoration can determine your long term happiness, so it is important to research thoroughly before commencing

 

 

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