You have been putting any hair treatment off for years. Your hair loss has now advanced. To the point you only really have your hair around the back and sides of your head remaining. Now you are looking to regain a better head of hair. How is it best to treat your hair loss pattern? Is a hair transplant the best option? Can you get back a full head of hair? In this article we look at how to treat advanced hair loss with a hair transplant and answer the many questions you may have before you commit to hair restoration.
Varying hair loss patterns – minor to advanced
Hair loss is progressive. The pattern determined by your genetics. As a result, we suffer different hair loss patterns. Some, minor hairline frontal or crown loss. others more advanced loss over the head. The earlier hair loss begins the greater likelihood of an advanced pattern.
Advanced hair loss can spread from the forehead to the crown area. As male pattern hair loss is slow it can be hard to predict. Especially at a younger age. The degrees of hair loss is categorised on the Norwood Scale. From minor to advanced loss.
Hair coverage, density and the illusion of thickness
To treat this total surface area is sometimes not possible. This is because the donor area cannot safely give enough hair in one procedure especially. Occasionally not in two procedures.
If hair loss has advanced is it possible to treat with a hair transplant? If we have lost all that hair how can there be enough to cover the same area?
By blocking the visibility of the skin by the hair achieves hair coverage. The look of hair density placed to give the illusion of thickness and fullness. Spreading less hair to cover a large area gives an unnatural see-through look that no one is ever happy with the look.
Full coverage and a natural density so no scalp is visible would require in the region of 8000 plus follicular units. Around 18,500 actual hairs. But, an average candidate even with careful planning, can only give around 7000 follicular units or around 16,100 actual hairs. As a result, depending on the hair characteristics total hair coverage and density may not be possible. Partial hair coverage may be the best result, or with a lighter hair coverage over the crown area.
Where to start your hair restoration?
Hair restoration starts from the hairline. Designing a natural looking hairline in proportion to the hair coverage. This means not too low, or too high. The hairline position must take into account the advanced hair loss pattern. As well as the individual’s facial features. Also, the coverage that can be achieved.
From the first hair transplant, the hair coverage needs to be balanced. If this is the only procedure it must look natural. In proportion. The hair will need to cover to around the mid-scalp area. With an appropriate hairline ideally further. Future hair transplants can achieve increased hair coverage. Very likely the hair density will slightly reduce the further back. This avoids a sharp unnatural end to the hair coverage. Also reduces the area of hair loss to a minimum.
Time for your hair loss consultation?
Donor management allows the sensible and ethical distribution of hair to gain the maximum coverage and result for the patient. Minimises the risks of visible scarring, damaged hair follicles and a patchy overharvested donor area. To learn more and maybe find out if you are a hair transplant candidate then request more information.