Dear forum readers,
An oft faced delimma is – At which point in the hairloss process should the patient and the doctor intervene with a hair restoration.
There is a lot of variation. Patient’s awareness, his donor resources, commitment; the doctor’s skills and philosophy all have a role to play in making the decision.
There is the safe approach – Wait for the hairloss to stabilize. Once the hairloss has run its course, then is the safest time to go for a hair transplant.
Modern medicines, in form of Minoxidil and finasteride, have helped some people stabilise/stop their hairloss. It is wise to try them before deciding to proceed with an HT.
However, patients often protest, sometimes justifiably, that the safe approach has its disadvantages.
They need hair now.
My advise to them is to make sure that they know what all is involved should they go for a hair restoration surgery early in the hairloss process.
Be aware of the high graft requirements in case they proceed to higher Norwood levels.
Transplanting an ambitiously youthful hairline carries its own set of responsibilities.
Facial hair, BHT, FUSE/fue and Strip FUHT megasessions have opened up a much larger donor resource.
But it is nonetheless a big commitment.
It is better to dwell over the worst possible outcome (in form of continued hairloss) BEFORE starting the HT journey.