FUE Hair Transplant Consultation With Carlos
Carlos has been losing his hair for about 10 to 15 years. He is now basically completely bald and is considered a Norwood Stage 7. The Norwood Scale is a ranking system for male pattern baldness, and 7 is the very last stage. The area of the scalp where Carlos is bald is the typical area that is affected by DHT (dihydrotestosterone), the hormone that is responsible for androgenic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness.
In a consultation, Dr. Torgerson will evaluate the cause of the hair loss by assessing the pattern of hair loss as well as by discovering which family members also suffer from hair loss. It is also important to ask questions about previous medical history that not only may be partially responsible for hair loss, but that can also have adverse effects on the transplanted hairs once they have been implanted into the new area. Some common things are thyroid problems, iron, eczema, dermatitis, allergies, or any other medications. Smoking can also affect the transplanted hairs.
Once a preliminary assessment has been completed to establish the cause of the hair loss as well as the previous medical history, it is important to evaluate the donor area. The donor area is the part of the head where Carlos still has hair. This hair is not affected by the DHT like the bald area was. It is necessary to establish how many hairs can safely be taken from the donor area without “over harvesting”, or making this area look thin. The hairs from the donor area will be used to replace the hairs that have been lost in other areas. Once a hair has been taken from the donor area, there will no longer be a follicle to grow hair in that spot because it has been moved to the recipient area.
For Carlos, Dr. Torgerson created a hair restoration plan that consists of 3 procedures at different stages, all of which will use roughly 2,000 to 2,500 grafts each. (Anything over 2,500 grafts is considered a “mega session”, and the take rate of the grafts will start to go down from an initial 94% take rate.) The first stage is to restore his frontal hairline. Once a natural hairline is established with good density, the other stages fill in hair throughout the entire top of the head. The frontal hairline is almost always the MOST important part of hair loss to focus on when creating a hair restoration plan. The frontal hairline is what frames the face, and as long as you have dense hair in this area, it will always look like you have hair.Once the transplant is complete, the hairs that are transplanted will fall out in about 2 weeks and will then grow brand new hairs at around the 3- to 4-month mark. The most important part of a hair transplant is patience!
If you suffer from hair loss, we look forward to meeting with you for your no-obligation consultation.