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Why Do Some Men Need More Than One Hair Transplant?

Whilst Belgravia does not carry out hair loss surgery – we specialise in non-surgical hair restoration – our specialists are frequently asked questions about hair transplants.

Hair restoration hair transplant surgeryOne 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 procedures

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

Areas of the scalp affected by male pattern hair loss baldness - Belgravia Centre

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 advised to try topical and oral pharmaceutical treatment methods 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 two hair restoration surgery 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.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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