When Should I Get a Hair Transplant?
We recently spoke with a young man on the telephone this week who was concerned about his thinning hair. He is 38 years old and is concerned that his hair is thinning on the top of his head and especially in the crown area, and he wanted to know if a hair transplant procedure could help him in his situation.
Successful hair transplant surgery depends upon a multitude of factors, including how much hair the prospective patient has on their head at the time of surgery, as well as their age, and potential future hair loss. In this young man’s case, one of the major factors as to whether hair transplant surgery will be successful for him is how much space is there between the existing hairs on the top of his head and in the crown area where he is noticing thinning occurring. If there is significant gaps and spaces between his existing hairs, then hair transplant surgery may be a viable option.
Post-Operative Shock Loss
However, if the spacing and gaps between his existing hairs is very small, then hair transplantation could cause damage to the existing healthy hairs through a process known as “shock loss.”
While hair transplant surgery offers amazing hair restoration potential and excellent results, there is always the potential for post-operative “shock loss” to the patients existing hair. Given the normal cycles of hair growth – anagen (hair growth), catagen (resting), and telogen (hair shedding) – any hair follicles that would normally continue to grow for a year or more will more than likely regrow following shock. Hair follicles that genetically would normally stop growing within the next several months or are in the telogen phase probably will not regrow.
For this reason, an in-person hair and scalp analysis is necessary to determine the best course of action with respect to planning successful hair restoration on an individual patient-by-patient basis. During a private consultation, we can also determine how best to minimize and prevent post-operative shock loss.
Contact PAI Medical Hair Restoration
To explore the many advanced hair loss treatment and hair transplant options available to you, and learn more about our custom hair restoration procedures, we invite you to speak with an experienced PAI hair transplant and hair restoration specialist who will work privately and confidentially with you to answer all your hair transplant and hair restoration questions. Our goal is to help you find the perfect hair restoration solution to meet your own individual needs and make a well-informed decision about your hair restoration options.
Our hair restoration specialists will work closely with you to find the perfect solution for your unique needs, lifestyle, and budget. Schedule your free, private consultation today.