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Will 50% Hair Transplant Density Give me the Results I Want?

12/20/2009 12:35:30 AM

Question:

I have read and heard numerous times that when experiencing hair loss, you dont notice visible signs of balding until you reach below 50% of your original density. Therefore when transplanting new hairs, if you aim for that 50% mark you can achieve a great result. Is this actually true or just some sort of spin to suck you in? It seems sometimes, that people will believe anything that sounds too good to be true. I

Answer:

At 50% of your original hair density, most hair transplant patients won't show any signs of balding under normal conditions. Harsh lighting, especially at certain angles may reveal signs of thinning hair and the "see-through" look others have referred to elsewhere on our hair loss forum. But the real question is: would you rather appear like you have minor thinning or be bald?

For me, the choice was an easy one. It took 3 hair transplants of 7550 grafts for me to be satisfied with my hair. Of course, I was a class 5A on the Norwood scale of hair loss prior to my first hair transplant. My hair still appeared thinner after 3 hair transplants but most people couldn't tell. Later, I had a 4th procedure just to add more density. While I didn't feel I needed it, I wanted to thicken up the front to minimize the appearance of thinning under harsh lighting conditions. Even though my hair will never be as thick as it was in high school, it appears much more dense and virtually nobody can tell I ever lost any hair.

In my opinion, the higher hair density you can achieve, the less likely of presenting a see-through look under any condition. However, super high densities aren't always necessary and sometimes, more can be accomplished with less.

In my opinion, consult a qualified hair restoration physician and work with them to create a hair restoration plan that you think you can be satisfied with. If you don't think you will be satisfied with the outcome, perhaps hair transplant surgery isn't for you.

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Bill is the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.