I’m a Caucasian 27-year-old male with zero known family history of MPB. However, I’ve lost some hair on the front of my head, and crown miniaturization was detected — meaning that down the road, I could have a serious (Norwood 6?) pattern. I started taking Propecia and hope it can hold onto my hair for 5+ years.
That said, I already need a transplant. (A “conservative” well-regarded doctor recommended 1400 FUT.) I understand the need for a Master Plan and to not run out of donor hair too early. However, it’s very important to me to not be viewed as balding as a young man (I’m single and haven’t firmly established a career.)
I have fair skin and dark brown hair. Luckily, I’m blessed with wavy hair, donor density 2.3, that people commonly describe as coarse and thick. So, I’m wondering, how big of a transplant could I do now for the front of my head, and still leave enough donor hair for future loss? Could I transplant 2000-2500 grafts without worry? I imagine other patients might be in a similar situation to me.
Thanks so much.
Everyone is different. A 2.3 density suggests you have more hair in the donor area than many people, and with coarse hair you may be able to cover an extensive pattern. But for those with fine hair, it may not be enough to cover a class 6 or 7 balding pattern. I have many patients who have had more that 6500 grafts and most of them get quite depleted. A few of these patients have gone to 10,000+ grafts like this man, and although he could have passed the 10,000 graft number, he got realistically what he needed.