Over the years, I have lost 30 or 40 percent of my transplanted hair. I am a 72 year old male. I first had 300 plugs put in the frontal part of my scalp at age 40. About half of the hair fell out over 10 years. I was told that it was because the plugs were too large and did not get the proper blood flow. I then had 3 FUE prcedures done over a 8 year period in my 60’s. The first two were 1200 grafts each and the the last procedure of 1000 FUE’s was done at age 69.
All total, about 30 percent or more of the these grafts have fallen out and not come back. My hair now looks like it did after I had the first FUE transplant. The doner area still has hair. At first I thought that the doctor took hair from too high from this area but my hair loss has not gone down that far.
Do you know what would cause transplanted hair to fall out and not come back or, is there anything I can do to keep from loosing any more transplanted hair? Could it be that there may be something wrong with my scalp on top of my head? or ?
The first Doctor who did the plugs was one of the first to do plugs. The second doctor that did the FUE’s had been doing follicle transplants for 15 to 20 years and had a good reputation. I was going to ask my doctor about this but the second doctor passed away last year.
Any help or information is greatly appreciated.
Hair taken from the back and sides of the head is permanent, but the permanent zone is only 2 1/2 inches high in the back of your had and many doctors years ago, harvested hair that was not permanent with punch excision and the old open donor method of harvesting. I have seem many of these patients over the years with this problem. You are correct that the old plugs have oxygenation problems and they often lost hairs within the plugs in the short term after a hair transplant. About 1/3 of the population lose about 1/3rd of their permanent hair. If this is you, you should see a loss of hair in your permanent zone. This problem seems to be more for people of your age than younger men and it is called senile alopecia. If you have senile alopecia, there is nothing that can be done about it. You might try minoxidil, as it tends to prolong the hair cycle and could prevent the death of some of these hairs.