Understanding Hair Transplants and Hair Loss - Pacific Hair

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Understanding Hair Transplants and Hair Loss - Pacific Hair

Progression of Hair Loss

Generally, a young man who is a Class 4 by age 21, will probably be a Class 6 by age

30 . Sometimes there is not enough donor hair to transplant the entire head once one

projects the size of the future balding area. Nevertheless, there is usually enough donor

hair to do at least the hairline and the entire top of the head, leaving only a round spot in

the back if there is not sufficient donor hair. If years go by and it turns out there is sufficient

donor hair and the pattern is not as rapidly advancing as was suspected, at least a

modest coating of hair can be put in the crown or vertex of the head, which will present a

very nice appearance .

Younger Men

When beginning transplanting on young men, it is best to decide where to put the hairline

based on previous pictures, family pictures, and with the sense of what will generally

make the person look the best. It is not necessary to create a receded hairline look

in young men . There are plenty of men who have non-receded hairlines well into their

sixties, the author being one. Note the pictures of the author’s grandfather, Dr. J.T.

Waggener, from age 28 to age 100. Dr. Waggener’s hair was quite thin at age 100, but

with very little hairline recession present . Note that this thinning of old age is what is

termed senile alopecia and probably results from the falloff in thyroid hormones and

growth hormones in later life. It is not male pattern hair loss. If a young man has lost his

hairline, it is not too early to put him on medical therapy and rebuild his hairline with a

hair transplant .

John Todd Waggener, MD

Age 28 Age 62 Age 85 Age 100

U n d e r s t a n d i n g H a i r T r a n s p l a n t s a n d H a i r L o s s

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