What happens if I lose more hair and all I have left is the transplants?
Many patients begin treatment while they are partially bald. Since Male and Female Pattern Baldness are progressive, further treatment will be needed to keep pace with hair loss.
However, one of the most appealing aspects of contemporary hair transplantation is that the transplanted hair looks completely natural if the remaining native hair around it is lost. All it looks like is hair that is thinner than it was. So the decision about doing further treatment is optional, not a necessity. What we mean is that it is up to each patient if they want to add back lost density or continue treatment to a new area of balding not previously treated. Each treatment stands on its own in respect to being cosmetically excellent.
One exception is the patient who initially presents with hair loss both in the front and in the crown. If we transplant both areas we are committing the patient to have to do treatment to the area between if that hair is lost later. Otherwise they would have an abnormal balding pattern with hair at the front and crown but bald in the middle. The most conservative approach in such cases is to initially just transplant the front and use medical therapy with Minoxidil and Propecia to treat the crown, deferring crown transplants. This leaves the most options open to the patient.
The progressive nature of baldness is one of the main reasons we avoid restoring too low of a hairline on a young patient. Since the transplanted hairline will not change overtime, a very low hairline could look artificial if the patient goes on to lose more hair behind and does nothing about it.
Having a full discussion about these concerns is an integral part of our consultation and through proper planning issues related to progression of hair loss are successfully managed. Shown below is a patient who had a fair amount of native hair before his first hair transplant procedure and one year later. While he lost some native hair, he still has an evenly dispersed, natural result.
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While True & Dorin is known for their hair restoration surgery, they also offer highly effective hair restoration medicine.