Dependent on whether you use medications will have an influence on how the doctor plans your hair restoration, along with your age and hair loss pattern now and potential in the future
Before deciding on what approach for either hair retention or hair restoration it is vital to always research well and choose the best option for you at that time but with your long term well-being in mind.
The decision should not just be based on what you would like most as a result but what result is sustainable over time. Much will depend on the age of the individual and the hair loss pattern they have
Timing is very important when considering a hair transplant, treating minor hair loss at a young age can lead to problems in the future if the hair loss progresses aggressively and you cannot sustain a balance natural restoration
It is important to understand that surgical hair replacement without medical therapy may not provide a suitable result, dependent on your hair loss stage and future loss. Planning is important before deciding on a hair transplant, whether you intend to use hair loss medications or not, and having an open and honest dialogue with your doctor.
There are three FDA approved medicated treatments and therapies for treatment of hair loss, although FDA approved it must be understood there is no miracle cure and results can vary from person to person, and always consult a specialist before using
Combining medications and surgical hair restoration is an option; this can have the benefit of potentially reducing the size of the operation required and sustaining much of your natural hair growth
When consulting a hair loss or hair transplant doctor be clear whether the intention is to use a treatment programme long term after a hair transplant has been performed as this will have a bearing on the approach and master plan the doctor makes in your restoration
Dependent on the individual´s hair loss pattern some clinics may advise to wait before undergoing a hair transplant, either use medications or simply allow the hair loss pattern to mature a little more
This allows for the potential hair loss pattern to be easier identified and making long term planning easier; also allowing for the individual and doctor to agree on the goals and set out a plan, hair line design and coverage
Surgical hair restoration for the correct candidate can help restore hair permanently to areas that have suffered from hair loss; but it is not a miracle cure and will not prevent future hair loss of the native hair