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Are Multiple Hair Transplants Required to Achieve Desirable Hair Growth?

5/3/2012 2:05:18 AM

Question:

I had a hair transplant 8.5 months ago. Is it true that I won’t get the full result until one year has passed? What percent of men need a second procedure?

Answer:

It’s really not possible to put a percentage on the number of patients that may need a second hair transplant because there are so many factors involved.

  • Is the second hair restoration surgery a matter of need or of want? Many men will be happy with the results of a single procedure. Many others will suffer from what is known as “hair greed” and wish to continue to add density to and refine their transplant. 
  • What is the patient’s hair loss pattern on the Norwood Scale?
  • Does the patient have the physiology to support a “one and done” mega-session (3000+ follicular unit grafts)?
  • Is the hair restoration clinic capable of performing these types of large sessions or do they require multiple smaller sessions?
  • How many grafts can the patient afford?
  • What is the density of the patient’s donor hair?
  • What is the caliber of the patient’s hair? Is it coarse or thin?

As you can see, with so many elements to consider, it’s best to discuss with your hair transplant surgeon your specific wants and needs.

David (TakingThePlunge)
Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator


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