I’m a 32-year-old male, and I have diffused hair loss. I still have a lot of hair, but it’s thinning, and it’s getting hard to style it. I was wondering if it’s possible to get a hair transplant to fill in the gaps between existing hair?
You can get a hair transplant and place transplanted hairs in between existing native hair. However, there is a risk of shock loss. Shock loss occurs because of trauma. Generally, if you have diffused hair loss, the goal should be to strengthen the remaining follicles before getting surgery. You can end up with net gain or looking worse unless you maintain the hair follicles.
How Do You Strengthen Existing Hair?
Two FDA-approved medications strengthen existing hair follicles and stop the progression of male pattern baldness. The first medication is called Rogaine (minoxidil), which is the only topical solution that has been approved by the FDA. Minoxidil works by improving blood supply and oxygen to the scalp, which can shuttle more nutrients to the hair follicles. Minoxidil has been studied extensively and is safe to use without many reports of adverse reactions.
The second medication is the most potent medication, which is called Propecia (finasteride). Finasteride is the only oral medication that has been approved by the FDA to treat male pattern hair loss. Finasteride stops DHT from binding to vulnerable hair follicles. However, this medication can cause sexual dysfunction among other undesirable side effects.
Finding The Right Surgeon
Transplanting between native hairs requires skill; finding a surgeon competent enough to transplant the follicles without damaging the surrounding native follicles is vital. Hair transplant surgeons skill and experience varies widely, as do their results. Learn from patients first before choosing any surgeon, read real reviews without commercial hype or marketing gimmicks. Click HERE to find a pre-screened surgeon in your area that can transplant between your existing hair.