These photos were taken from an article published in the Hair Transplant Forum by Manny Marritt, M.D. in October 1993. Dr. Marritt died a week ago, but his ideas helped many of the caring doctors in the field of hair restoration think of the patient’s future hair loss when considering a hair transplant. The need for a Master Plan in hair transplantation is evident in the photos below of a man who supplied pictures of himself as he aged from 16 to 62. It should be evident to all of you that this man could be you.  A hair transplant that might have helped fix his receding hairline when he was 22, would look freakish when he was 35 or 62 unless there was a Master Plan to allow for the advancing of the balding process which happens in almost 100% of balding men.  Fixing this man’s hair at 22, will not help him when he is 35 or especially 62. I see patients every week who are caught in this conundrum where they had a hair transplant without a Master Plan. Too many doctors, encouraged by the overly enthusiastic patient who wants to get their hair back when they are young (this could be you), do not really do them a service if they can’t see a long-term plan allowing for the type of changes that genetic hair loss often brings to the balding man. These pictures speak for themselves. For those of you who want to know what will happen to you when you get a hair transplant, challenge the doctor who is offering you a hair transplant. With a proper explanation of what may happen to you and what will be your options if you should develop significant balding, you will have been properly educated so that you understand your future if you continue to bald as you get older. Short-term fixes at the age of 22, does little for your long-term future without a Master Plan in hand.

16 and 2235 and 62

Age:  16                                     22                                    35                                    62