One of our New Year's Resolutions is to include a bit more video footage within our before/after presentations. We'll kick off 2016 by presenting this female patient of Carlos K. Wesley, M.D. who underwent a follicular unit transplantation (FUT) with our team.
I am a 21 year old female with a bad hairline. My hairline is very high and recedes further back at the temples (looks similar to male-pattern baldness). My hairline has been this way my entire life. All of the living women on my mother's side of the family share this trait and they all had it as children as well.
My question is, can surgical hair transplant work on someone with poor hairline, even if hair has never grown in those areas?
I have been searching all over the internet and I cannot find any information about these procedures in reference to a naturally bad hairline. The couple threads that I have found, people just respond that the person is in denial about their hair loss. I am not. My hair has always been this way. I have a full head of hair, just an ugly hairline.
I have had very thin temples since childhood and recently have seen some thinning in the hairline -- it is not as solid as I'd like it to be. I have pretty thick hair over all otherwise.
I went to consult for an FUE and was denied a transplant to fill out the temples/partial hairline.
The surgeon said that the donor hair is much thicker than the hair in the front/crown area and would draw more blood to the new grafts which would make hairloss worse and speed it up in the surrounding area as result because the rest of the follicles would not get enough blood supply or something along those lines.
I don't know if this makes sense but it does definitely concern me and put me off a HT. Is there any truth to this "new" logic/theory? Any suggestions or anyone that has had their hairline restored?
Any feedback would be appreciated. Many thanks.
This young man was 29 when he came to Dr. Keene to fill in his receding frontal and mid frontal hairline. She recommended Finasteride, in addition to surgery, in order to help maintain his existing hair behind the frontal area, and transplants for the area of significant hairloss. Now, 18 months after, at just over 30 years old, he looks younger than he did in his 20s . The photos are from before, and 18 months post operatively, when he stopped by because he happened to be in AZ. He was very happy with his results! The graft breakdown is as follows:
1 haired grafts 310
2 haired grafts 567
3 haired grafts 567
4 haired grafts 213
Total grafts 1657
Total hairs 3997
I'm a 28yo male with a 9cm hairline and I'm seeking to lower it 2.5cm via grafting. I've consulted several surgeons in preparation for my transplant and all of them tell me that my desired hairline is too low. I have lived with the embarrassment of a large forehead since high school and anything less than 2.5cm will leave me feeling less than confident.
I've actually come a long way since 4 months ago when I started considering HT; I originally wanted 3-4cm of lowering. After observing other guy's hairlines I came to realize that my concept of "average" was a bit off. The average non-receded hairline seems to be around 6.5-7cm.
I understand that HT surgeons have years of experience and that a hairline needs to be appropriate for both the present and the future. However, I see gray-haired guys with 6cm foreheads all the time. Plus, if I'm paying for a new hairline, why wouldn't I place myself among the lucky minority of guys who never experience recession?
So the big question is, who wins? Should I stick to my guns since I won't be happy any other way? Will a surgeon refuse to operate if he doesn't get his way? I don't think I'm being unrealistic here.
This gentleman was in his early 20's when he came to Dr. Arocha. He wanted a hairline enhancement and lowering. Dr. Arocha performed a 1575 FUT procedure. The after photos were taken exactly one year following his procedure.
Please view the complete album HERE.
This patient came to Dr. Arocha in his mid-twenties seeking to restore and enhance his receding hairline. He received a 2300+ FUT procedure. The after photos are taken 11 months following his procedure. He has elected not to pursue pharmacological therapy.
You can view his complete album HERE.