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Is Hair Transplant Surgery an Option for Those with Advanced Hair Loss Patterns?

5/5/2011 5:12:46 AM

Question:

I am 29 years old and have a family history of androgenic alopecia. I had a follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) of about 1500 grafts a couple of years ago to cover the hairline. However, I am class IV or V on the  Norwood Scale and hair loss is pretty much all over the top of the head as well as the front and middle portion. I am currently on Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) for the last 2 years and experience slow hair loss. Since, I will eventually be NW VI or VII, I am confused if I should go for follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or give up the fight against hair loss. Does an eventual NW VI or VII have any hopes from hair transplant surgery?

Answer:

This is an excellent question but one that does not have a universal answer for all patients. Depending upon such variables as hair characteristics, donor density, scalp quality and patient goals/expectations, a NW VI patient may have a very desirable result. NW VII patients will not be able to achieve the illusion of a full head of hair but, in some cases, can achieve an acceptable improvement.

Your best course of action is to contact one or more of our prescreened quality hair restoration physicians .

I also suggest viewing Hair Transplant Pictures and Photos : By Norwood Scale to find patient results that may closely match your own hair loss.

Lastly, posting your question on our hair restoration forum is a great way to get feedback from our experienced members as well as from several world-class hair restoration surgeons.

David (TakingThePlunge) - Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant

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