People ask a lot of questions about hair restoration on our hair loss discussion forum. Before giving any advice, there are many things to consider. We have composed a list of standard questions to be answered below, however, it’s important that they consider the answers to the following standard questions:
Age: How old are you? Younger hair loss suffering men and women may not be good candidates for hair restoration surgery. The younger the patient, the riskier it is to undergo surgery. Hair loss is a progressive condition and therefore unpredictable. A person's donor supply (the area on the sides and back of the head where hair is removed for surgery) is also finite. Young people should always proceed with caution when considering a hair surgery.
Norwood Scale and Graft Calculation: The level of hair loss you're experiencing on the Norwood scale will help determine the number of follicular unit grafts needed. As a guide (though this is far from a definite rule as hair characteristics play a significant role in determining the number of follicular unit grafts needed), take your calculated Norwood level and multiple it by 1000 follicular unit grafts on the conservative side to 1500 grafts on the liberal side and that will help determine the approximate number of hair grafts needed to achieve “decent” hair coverage and hair density of your balding areas. Additionally, I recommend using our animated graft calculator. Additional animations can be found by clicking here.
Hair Loss Treatment: Many have asked, is it necessary to continue to use Propecia (finasteride) and/or Rogaine (minoxidil) if I undergo hair surgery? Though neither of these hair loss treatments are needed to maintain or grow the implanted hair, these treatments for hair loss MAY be necessary In order to keep any native (natural) hair one might have. Using non-surgical hair loss treatments such as finasteride and minoxidil can be an important step to consider for long term hair restoration.
Hair loss surgery is not a cure for baldness. It is a surgical procedure to move hair from one area of one’s scalp to another. Because hair loss is unpredictable, there is really no way to determine with certainly how much hair loss one will experience. So to lower the risk of losing hair, hair loss remedies such as Propecia and/or Rogaine might help slow down or stop hair loss. One might even regrow hair.
Family History on Both Sides: What is your family history of hair loss on both your mother and father's side? Don't limit the answer to this question by looking at only the men or the women in your family. The genetic link is to both men and women as they can both carry the gene responsible for hair loss. Remember however, that hair loss is unpredictable - but family history of hair loss can be used as a guide in determining where you might fall.
Hair Loss Pictures: Many will ask whether or not hair loss and restoration surgery is right for them on our hair loss forum. Pictures of one's hair loss condition will help the veteran members and expert physicians give more accurate advice on your specific situation. I recommend posting higher resolution photos that shows hair loss in detail, different angles and lighthing. NOTE: Most people on discussion forums are not hair restoration professionals and should not be taken as medical advice. But those who have gone through surgery and are knowledgeable about hair loss and restoration should be able to give some sound advice. Always double check the advice given with a hair loss doctor.
Hair Restoration Goals and Expectations: It is extremely important to know what you expect and want out of hair restoration surgery. Discuss your goals and expectations with your chosen physician in order to ensure that your expectations are realistic. Understand that donor supply is limited. The amount of hair loss, the amount of available donor hair, and your goals will determine whether or not you will be satisfied with your results.
Hair Surgery Costs: Hair restoration surgery should be seen as an investment and is no doubt expensive for the average consumer. Typical costs are between $4-$5 per graft for the first 2000 grafts and $2.50 per graft thereafter per hair loss and restoration surgery. Taking into consideration your baldness level on the norwood scale, your expectations and goals, your available donor hair (based on donor laxity and donor density), the cost of such a surgery can end up being well over $10,000. Often times, patients with a lot of loss, end up needing two or three sessions to achieve their goals. This will of course become a separate fee. Read more about the cost of hair loss and restoration surgery.
Research, patience, and education is the key to a successful surgery. Research and find a doctor that has a proven track record and one you are personally impressed with. Do not go by one person’s results alone…research a dozen or more real patients to see their results. You are encouraged to take the time to follow a patient fresh out of surgery who is a faithful monthly updater on our discussion forum. That way you can be certain that the results are live and real, and not doctored. Ask questions and participate in forum discussions.
It's advisable to make a decision based on research rather than emotion. Take your time, learn, and educate yourself. An educated patient becomes a satisfied patient.
Bill - Managing Publisher
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