does not carry out hair loss surgery - we specialise in non-surgical hair restoration
- our specialists are frequently asked questions about hair transplants.
One of those that comes up time and again in relation to surgery for Male Pattern Baldness
, is "Why do some men need more than one hair transplant?"
Here we give a quick run-down as to why multiple procedures can be required, how to help minimise the chance of this becoming necessary, and when even one hair transplant
may be avoided.
When are multiple hair transplants sought?
- When the first surgery was not carried out properly and the results fail to meet the client's expectations
- If hair starts to thin in areas other than where the initial grafts were implanted, for instance if a man had hair restoration surgery to correct a receding hairline
but then later develops a thinning crown
- If, as a man gets older, he experiences thinning hair in the donor area, this can also lead to hair loss
in the grafted areas
- To correct 'botched' hair transplant
How can extra hair restoration procedures be avoided?
- Use an experienced, specialist surgeon you feel comfortable with, and who has the appropriate qualifications and certifications
- Listen carefully to the instructions given by your surgeon regarding recovery and looking after your scalp during the initial healing period
Hair transplants involve harvesting hair that is not affected by genetic hair loss and using it as donor hair to graft into recipient sites where Male Pattern Baldness is active
- Follow a recommended male pattern hair loss treatment
regimen as on-going aftercare to help prevent baldness around the implanted grafts
When is a hair transplant inadvisable?
- Younger men under 30 years old are often advised to try topical and oral pharmaceutical treatment methods for at least 6 to 12 months before considering surgery
- If there is not enough good quality donor hair available, a hair transplant is unlikely to be worthwhile as the result will be compromised; this can also be the case when a man has already had one or more hair restoration surgeries and his donor hair has become depleted due to 'over-harvesting
'. Generally the maximum number of hair transplants a man can have successfully is three, though this is very much decided on an individual basis, from person to person
- If the hairloss is not sufficient to warrant surgical intervention; a hair transplant may appear to be a 'quick fix' solution for hair loss, but it is actually unnecessary for some men, particularly those with mild to moderate levels of shedding.
It is often recommended by hair experts and top surgeons that men considering surgery use clinically-proven hair loss treatments for a minimum of six months prior to their operation. This helps to stabilise hair fall and maximise hair growth, giving the surgeon a cleaner area to work with and allowing the patient to see what they can achieve without the procedure. Whilst some may choose to go ahead, others may cancel, however, if they wish to retain their hair with a view to preventing baldness
moving forward, carrying on with this type of treatment course will be required in both cases.