This is the question we will help you answer over the next week. For the first and second installation in this three part blog series, click here and here.
Last week we discussed non-surgical options that can help you regain temporary hair density. This week, we want to examine the pros and surgical options.
The decision to have a transplant is made when you want hair replacement that is permanent and requires no ongoing maintenance. This is a good procedure if the size of the balding area is not larger than the amount of hair that can be taken from the donor area. If a person has a class VI hair loss, and they want a full head of hair, it will be difficult to fulfill their expectations with a transplant. On the other hand if your hair loss is less intense, and you have a good amount of hair in the donor area, the result can be fantastic. When evaluating the donor area, we measure the amount of follicles in a per centimeter squared area, as well as the amount of elasticity in the scalp. The more density and elasticity there is in the donor area, the more follicles there are to be transplanted. A typical transplant will allow us to transplant 2,000 to 3,000 follicles in one procedure.
Therefore it is important to ask yourself these questions before you commit to a surgical procedure:
Do you have enough donor hair to meet your expectations?
Do you need more than one procedure?
Is the doctor able to create a natural looking hairline and also implant the follicles in the natural way that you want to style your hair?
Is your doctor board certified and licensed?
When considering hair restoration it is most important that you feel confident and comfortable with the consultant you are working with.