These questions were posed directly to Dr. Ken Siporin of Beverly Hills, CA who is one of our recommended hair restoration physicians by a hair loss sufferer seeking hair transplantation as a means to regrow hair. His professional answer is below.
My hair loss is now noticeable and I was wondering if I should get a hair transplant as soon as possible or should I wait until it gets worse?
What determines how far a person’s hairline moves forward in hair restoration surgery? I saw pictures of people with transplants but their hair still look receded. Can you please explain why?
I see a lot of hair loss doctors’ pictures who also have receding hairlines or
who are bald. How come they don’t get hair transplants themselves?
You have asked some good questions, and I will attempt to answer them to your satisfaction. In terms of the timing of a hair transplant, that is something that you need to decide on your own, with the assistance of a qualified surgeon. There are so many variables involved, that I could not possibly tell you, via e mail, without examining you, determining your goals, and explaining to you everything in great detail, when the right time for you, in particular, would be. That is something to be determined once you have all the information you need, to make an educated decision, and that is the purpose of the consultation.
In terms of hairlines appearing receded after hair replacement surgery, that is a conservative approach to the procedure, so that patients appear natural as they age, and so they do not require multiple procedures in the future, if their baldness should progress.
Lastly, I can only speak for myself, and not other hair transplant surgeons, but I have had multiple procedures, and it is the reason I have such a passion for this specialty. Having gone through a bad hair transplant 18 years ago, I actually came out worse than before I started, and it took some corrective work to get me to where I am today. I was very insecure and self conscious, but I can honestly tell you, that I am now very confident and happy that I restored my hair to a natural appearance. It has made a world of difference in my life, and I want to assure my patients, that they do not have to go through what I did, to have nice, natural hair.
Take care, and I hope I answered your questions.
Kenneth D. Siporin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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