Younger vs. Older Patients

by admin
February 28, 2017
Many men who show early signs of male pattern baldness find it difficult to accept the inevitability of baldness. Premature baldness can contribute to low self-esteem, many of whom suffer in silence. It can be particularly difficult for men who take care of themselves. For men who stay fit, eat well, and take care of their skin, a receding hairline or thinning patch at the crown can be extremely frustrating. If your father or grandfather (maternal or paternal) suffered from hair loss, genetically speaking, there is a greater chance you will too.

There are different stages of hair loss and depending on where you fall on the spectrum, you may be suitable for hair restoration treatment. Alternatively, you may be better suited to a non-surgical approach to halt your hair loss and stimulate and strengthen hair production. Thérapie Hair Restoration Clinic provides a number of non-surgical methods to solve one’s hair loss problems. These may be recommended before undergoing surgery, but this depends on the patient and their individual needs.
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A successful hair transplant (and a satisfied patient) is more likely when the patient is older. The pattern of hair loss is unpredictable when it begins at an early age. This makes it difficult to determine where the patient’s pattern of baldness is heading. The pattern stabilises and becomes more predictable with age. This allows the surgeon to predict more accurately the extent of future hair loss.

Having hair transplant surgery too young means that male pattern baldness continues in the non-transplanted hair; this hair eventually also reaches the end of its lifespan and falls out, leaving bald patches amongst the healthy transplanted hair. They will have to keep chasing the hair loss and possibly run out of donor hair to continue further surgeries.

The ideal person should be between 35 and 40 years old and must have very good donor hair. There must be good cover in the front before the crown area is considered. If a patient is young – in their early 20’s, it is not wise to transplant in the crown area because it would be a waste of follicles. One only has a finite amount of follicles for the rest of their life, so one would want to use them in the best way possible.

Using medication like Finasteride works best in the crown and mid-scalp area. This means one can then use their precious, finite follicles (from a safe donor area) to fill in the frontal area and frame the face. This way you get the best value out of the whole process.

When dealing with young patients, it is best to ‘kick for touch’ or buy time because they have a long road ahead of them. Dr Nel admits that he needs to work in a well thought-out manner to use sparingly the donor area over the young patient’s lifetime. If the patient is past 40 or 50, one can afford to be a bit more aggressive. This is because the pattern is set and we know it is not going to change drastically at that point.

Hair transplants can take up to 18 months to grow fully in. 80% of the transplanted hair shafts are lost two to four weeks after surgery. The transplanted hair follicles go into the resting phase for three months and then they start sprouting new hairs. Once hair is transplanted, it will not fall out.
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