Dear Dr. True, I want to know if it will cost $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 for a hair transplant. I’m willing to spend the money. But I want to be certain it’s going to work. How long after a hair transplant will I be able to go out in public? I’ve heard of burning sensations in the donor area. Is this true? What kind if financing is available and what is a typical interest rate? Will you be able to work with the existing hair on top of my scalp? How long before I see results? What have you heard about Bosley?
The above question was posed to Dr. True via email. Dr. True’s response is shown below.
Thank you for your inquiry. In looking at the pictures you sent, I would put you at a class 5 to 6 baldness rather than a class 4. While you do have a small amount of remaining native hair in the front, the unfortunate truth is that this hair will eventually stop growing as well, essentially leaving you with the typical full balding pattern.
The best approach in cases such as yours, is to do an initial hair restoration surgery in the 3000+ graft range to restore as much hair as possible throughout the pattern. After one year, another hair transplant can be done to add density. In future years you may need some small touch-ups for any thinning of native hair at the margins of the balding pattern. I would also suggest adding Propecia to your Rogaine as protection against further balding and to help promote some regrowth in the crown.
In our hands hair transplants “really do work”. 98 to 100% of the hair will survive, grow and stay with you for the rest of your life.
Some patients will experience temporary numbness associated with slight
burning sensation for a few weeks to months post treatment (not longer).
Like other members of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians, we offer the most advanced and sophisticated hair transplant techniques available anywhere. We are not a large chain and offer highly personalized service.
We will work around your existing hair. But as I say, eventually that hair will also need to be replaced. You will begin to see results three months after your hair transplantation. But it is a gradual evolution from that point to the final result at one year post treatment. Within 10 to 14 days after your hair transplant you can go out in public without your head covered.
The best way to proceed is to come for a consult during which we can perform a careful examination and explain all aspect of hair restoration treatment.
I am not in the practice of commenting on other groups. You should look
At the hair restoration discussion forums on the Hair Transplant Network to learn of other experiences. When considering a hair restoration clinic the most important thing is to be able to sit down with the doctor who will be treating you, have a thorough discussion with him or her, and have opportunities to talk to, see, and review patients who he or she have specifically has treated.
Cost and financing options will be fully discussed during your consultation.