In the early stages of hair loss important factors such as potential for future loss, recipient surface area, the size of the donor safe zone are impossibly to determine accurately
Prior to undergoing surgical hair restoration it is important to understand a hair transplant is not a miracle cure; as positive it can be on the right candidate it does have limitations that cannot be overcome
In more advanced stages of hair loss the ultimate pattern is easier to establish but also a compromise may be required on hair line placement to ensure a balanced and natural looking coverage can be achieved
Be aware that to rely solely on family “hair history”, especially at a younger age is ill-advised as hair loss does not always follow the genetic pattern of our paternal, maternal or siblings; it is a guide only.
A man in his early/mid 20´s with minor hair line recession wanting to rebuild the hair line to its original position; can this be achieved? Yes of course, with a relatively minor number of grafts the hair line can be rebuilt, 1000-1500 FU´s needed
The goals of the individual have been met but what happens as hair loss progresses over the years and the balance of hair to bald area becomes disproportionate and unnatural with a hair line fixed in a low position
Understanding the limitations and accepting them it is then possible to set your goals accordingly; this will go a long way to ensuring your long term happiness and well-being, and not being another “repair case” statistic.
As tempting as it maybe to jump into hair restoration it is always better to take a step back and rethink your goals long term. A hair transplant is not something that can be reversed if you do not like the result
As the donor hair is key to the long term result, especially as hair loss is progressive over our lifetime, it is essential to have a clear plan in the worst case scenario what the donor resources can give and what coverage can be achieved
Have the donor hair density measured, calculated the approximate average hair to FU count, good, bad or fair hair characteristics, skin healing and laxity, donor safe zone size, the best techniques to use now and in the future.