Common Areas of Concern
Young Adults with Hair Loss
Hair restoration is an excellent option for patients of any age, however when a patient begins losing their hair at a young age, it is critical to plan for a long-term natural result for hair restoration, rather than simply addressing current hair loss. There is a natural elevation of the male hairline that occurs and our goal is to create a natural hairline that frames the face and preserves your youthful appearance.
If hair loss begins earlier in life, there is a greater chance that the hair loss may be more extensive if it isn’t properly managed, both medically and with hair restoration procedures. We all have a limited supply of hair, and with our current technology we can stimulate more growth in the transplanted hairs but are not able to increase the absolute number of hairs that are available to transplant. We have a finite number of follicles that we redistribute to areas of hair loss to restore areas with sparse hair. Therefore, it is critical to use careful planning when considering the number of donor hairs to use in the initial hair restoration and plan for a possible secondary procedure in the event that medical management doesn’t fully prevent the loss of some of the hair that is behind those that were transplanted. As we all know, transplanted hair is not susceptible to the effects of DHT.
Therefore, hair transplantation goals for young adults with hair loss may vary from those who experience hair loss later in life. Rest assured that during your consultation, the goal will be to give you the best hair restoration that is possible. It is important for the patient to understand that they may need to retain some hair in the donor area for possible additional hair restoration procedures. Therefore, a complete restoration of a full head of hair may not be in your best interest. The treatment of the front of the hairline and the top of the scalp may provide the outcome that you seek while leaving some hair “in the bank” in the event that we need to address further hair loss a number of years down the road.
If a patient consents to conservative measures to address initial hair loss they will likely find they are in an excellent position to treat future hair loss as well.
Noticeable Bald Spots
Many individuals experience hair loss at the back of the head around the crown, rather than around the hairline. For patients with multiple areas of concern, the priority will be the front hairline and the top of the scalp as this hair can often be styled to disguise thinning areas at the back of the head. For patients whose hair loss pattern has been established, a hair restoration procedure can be performed where there is balding in the crown.
Most men who don’t experience balding will still experience some amount of change to their hairline as they grow older. The natural transition to a more mature hairline is generally evident until a patient reaches their early 30’s. Hair restoration techniques that address a receding hairline will aim to create the appearance of a natural, mature hairline that would be appropriate for the age of the patient. The goal of the procedure is to make the hairline look as natural as possible, rather than as full as possible. The restoration of the anterior hairline is done when the hairline has receded past the point of a natural mature hairline.
Patients with thinning hair often wonder when the correct time is to consider a hair restoration procedure. The answer is that you should come in for a consultation as soon as you begin to express concern about your hair loss. Patients may want to wait until their hair in thin enough for the transplant to make a noticeable improvement; however, a consultation should be made as soon as possible so that you can learn about all of your options to prevent further hair loss. Initiating your personalized program, may prevent the progression of your hair loss.
When performing a hair transplant for patients with thinning hair, the desired technique is to transplant hairs between existing hairs to increase the density of the area. Should the non-transplanted hair in that area begin to thin out in the future there will still be enough hair in the area from the transplant. Patients will often choose to transplant just enough hair to reverse the appearance of the current “thinning” in the area. The advantage of not using excessive donor site hair is that it preserves ample hair in donor areas so that the patient may pursue another hair restoration procedure in the future to address any additional hair loss if it occurs.
Hair Transplant Correction
Many of the hair restoration procedures performed at the Hair Restoration Clinic are completed in order to correct hair transplants that were performed with outdated techniques by other surgeons in the past. One of the most common concerns is that previous techniques are too obvious and have left the patient with “plug-like” tufts of hair, rather than a natural looking head of hair.
The goal of a hair transplant correction procedure is three-fold: to improve the appearance of the hair by generating a more natural appearance; to improve hair density as much as possible; and to preserve the donor area.
Most often follicular units will be used to fill in sparse areas, or to create a more natural hairline, though on some occasions older grafts may need to be removed. Hair from these old grafts will be reused in the correction procedure. This may be done in one session, but occasionally it may require two separate procedures; the first in which the old grafts are removed, separated into follicular units and replanted in a more natural pattern. During the second procedure new follicular units are transplanted.
Loss of Hair Due to Scarring
Areas of scarring may often prevent hair from growing in that region. Prior to a hair restoration procedure it is essential to consider the cause of scarring to determine whether a hair transplant may be performed in the area. It is possible for hair to be transplanted into scar tissue, but it must be done very carefully and with the fewest number of hairs possible to ensure that the poor circulation that always exists in scar tissue is not further compromised. For the transplanted hair to flourish, it needs good circulation. The goal of hair restoration to scarred areas is to transplant hair to the areas with the intention of reducing the appearance of the scar and making it less visible.
Widespread Hair Loss
The most common form of hair loss, Androgenetic Alopecia, is characterized by hair loss on the top of the head. Some patients however, experience hair loss all over their head. This is known as widespread or diffuse hair loss. Widespread hair loss means that hair is also being lost from the usual donor sites at the back and sides of the head, which can make hair transplantation very challenging. These factors should be considered when pursuing hair restoration procedures.
Beyond Scalp Hair Loss
Hair restoration procedures are not simply for your scalp. Hair can be successfully be transplanted onto various areas of the body that experience hair loss. If you have an area experiencing hair loss you may contact us for more information.