4 Comments

  1. Barry Docherty
    August 12, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

    What guarantees are there that the hormones which caused hair loss will return to cause further hair on transplanted treated areas? If there is no guarantee of possible further hair loss, is there a time limit to coverage of treated hair?

    Thanks
    Barry

  2. David (TakingThePlunge)
    August 15, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    Barry,

    The hair that is transplanted to the balding areas of the scalp is harvested from the permanent zone at the back and sides of the head. This donor hair is genetically programmed to be DHT resistant and will grow for life in the vast majority of men.

    Once transplanted, this permanent hair will continue to grow in its new location just as it did before.

    However, due to the progressive nature of male pattern balding, the patient may experience continued loss of the native hairs surrounding the transplanted follicular unit grafts.

    David (TakingThePlunge)

  3. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    August 16, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    Barry,

    There is a crescent shaped area in the back (and sides) of each individual’s scalp that is resistant to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the hormone responsible for hair loss. Because of this resistance, these hair do not shed (even if the rest of the scalp hair is lost). When performing a hair transplant procedure, the donor hairs (which are removed and implanted in the balding areas) are taken from this donor area and are no longer susceptible to future loss. However, this does not mean that your remaining native (or natural) hairs will not shed. Because of this, it’s usually wise to investigate preventive methods (such as finasteride – Propecia and minoxidil – Rogaine)in addition to a hair transplant procedure.

    I hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

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