Dr. Rassman, I have completed 2 NHI transplant procedures. However, because of my very fine hair, my scalp is visible, especially under bright overhead lighting. I am considering a third procedure, but would like to first try the X5 HairLaser or DermMatch. Any thoughts? Thanks
A hair transplant procedure has limitations, in that it simply can not restore all the hair that was lost, since there is a limited supply and usually a relatively large area to cover. Individuals with very fine hair often have see-through coverage, even with normal (birth) densities. As hair transplants rarely produce over 50% of the original density in one or two procedures, I am never surprised when there is a see-through look and I tell my fine haired patients that this is what they must expect. There has to be realistic expectations and if the desire is to increase the fullness and let less light through (making it less see-through), then more grafts are necessary if the supply of good donor hair lasts and the use fits into a good Master Plan.
If you had surgery with NHI, please give my office a call (800-NEW-HAIR) and I will review your file and would be happy to discuss your situation. We offer free in-office laser treatments for all of our patients, but I can not tell if it works yet. Before any lasers or other alternative treatments, I would strongly recommend finasteride (Propecia / Proscar) as an option if you are not using it already.