How Much Hair Do I Need to Undergo Hair Transplant Surgery?

July 24, 2018 — by Robert True
Tags: Hair Loss

Male with thinning hairHair loss is a condition that leaves many men and women feeling self-conscious about their appearance. Thinning hair often makes a person look significantly older, especially when hair loss begins at a young age.

Although there is not much that can be done to prevent hair loss, there are numerous hair loss treatments to restore fullness to the hairline. At True & Dorin Medical Group, we offer treatments such as hair transplant surgery to give patient’s back a thick, attractive head of hair.

While hair transplant surgery can be extremely successful, it is not appropriate for all patients. One of the most common questions our doctors get regarding candidacy for this procedure is, “how much hair do I need to undergo hair transplant surgery?” At our New York, NY practice, we can meet with patients to discuss the basic requirements for hair transplant treatment.

Timing Is Everything

A successful hair transplant surgery depends a lot on good timing. A hair transplant procedure cannot be performed if a patient has no healthy hair follicles to be transplanted. This means that hair transplant surgery is not an option for a patient who has already gone completely bald.

Knowing that hair is needed for transplant surgery, many patients want to have a transplant as soon as thinning or hair loss begins. However, this may not be the best option. Although hair that is transplanted is resistant to balding, any surrounding hair can still be lost. If hair transplant surgery is performed too early, results will be compromised if additional hair loss occurs, and a further transplant procedure will be necessary.

So how do we get hair transplant timing right, and how much hair is needed for a successful transplant? Fortunately, a person should be an ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery even if they have lost a great deal of hair from the hairline and crown of the head. As long as there are healthy hair follicles at the sides or back of the head, there should be enough hair to restore the scalp.

It is important to note that the length of the hair does not matter. As long as the hair follicles are healthy, even short hair can be used for transplant surgery. Because our doctors are highly experienced in hair loss treatment, they can predict how hair loss will occur, and can advise patients on when to schedule a hair transplant procedure.

Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a particularly good option for patients who have already experienced significant hair loss. Using this procedure, our doctors extract individual follicular units, rather than collecting an entire strip of hair follicles.

This technique requires a series of very small circular incisions that will not require stitching and will result in minimal scarring. Because we can collect individual units of follicles, the patient does not need a large section of the scalp to be covered in hair; even small patches of hair will do.

Those who are worried about whether or not they have enough hair for hair transplant surgery should discuss this technique with our hair loss doctors.

Learn More

There are many factors that go into determining whether a patient is an ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery. If you are interested in learning more about hair transplant treatment and if it is right for you, contact us at your earliest convenience.