I am 27, and stupidly got two procedures (~800 grafts each) done about three years ago. Have been taking propecia since the age of 18 and just started on rogaine a few months ago. I guess I’m about a Norwood 3, moving towards a 4 (except no thinning on crown).
Anyway, the problem is that the transplanted hairs came in much thicker and more wiry than the natural hairs, and they were not always individual hairs, so I’m about a year into getting them removed as best I can via electrolysis. The skin is slightly scarred, but I’m unsure exactly how it will end up looking once it gets time to really heal and start to fade.
I’m trying to weigh my options for proceeding as my hairline continues to recede, and am deciding if I should continue to get the rest of the plugs removed as my natural hair goes or if it’s worth more transplantation but done with more care. The question is really do you have any knowledge about different types of hair responding differently to transplantation? My hair is dark brown and curly, would it be more susceptible to coming in thick and kinky than someone with finer straight hair? Because the last thing I want to do is get more transplants and have them be obviously fake and just compound my problem!
Thanks a lot, and I love your site.
As I’ve said many times before, the good news about a hair transplant is that it is forever… but if you have a bad hair transplant, then you probably aren’t looking at that news as being too good. Even removing the hairs may still leave a scar and cause an unnatural hairline, as you’re noticing with the electrolysis. Something concerning me though is that you’ve had 2 procedures at 27 years old of what you describe as “plugs”. I hope you aren’t referring to the ugly, old hair plugs that you commonly see in men that had surgery decades ago. Perhaps you’re just using the wrong term and you meant “grafts”, which are made up of 1-4 hairs. Modern hair transplants will look natural and the hair shouldn’t change character or color.
There are still options even though you may have a bad transplant, but BaldingBlog is not a place for second opinions. You’ll need to have an evaluation to see what options are available to you since each repair case is unique, so you should see a hair transplant physician (just don’t go to the one you already had two surgeries with, obviously). If you want to come out to Los Angeles, our consults are free and we have plenty of experience with patients who are in your situation. We have performed corrective procedures on many sub-par hair transplants.
See Dean’s Story for an example of a repair process, and check the Repair category for even more posts about this.