April 22 2005, 9:30 am PT | Posted in: Hair Pieces / Systems
I live in Brasil, I’m 41 year old and my grade of baldness is 6 / 7. I use a hairpiece for 18 year and i want to get free of this, but i have a problem, because when i started using , i was able to avoid peolple noticing that was a hair piece, as was very natural and my baldness was class 2/3 and as i used to travel a lot i didn4t see people so frequently. My case i believe is needed a scalp reduction for a start, but i’m afraid of procedures go wrong and i cannot remove the hairpiece to much in advance. Please help me . I can travel to NHI if necesary but I can forward photos to a better evaluation of my case
Your story of how one starts with a hair piece and then gets caught in a cycle of more and more dependence as the hair loss advances, is a common story. Many of our patients have been where you are now. The problem for advanced hair loss patterned people is the availability of supply. The basic point is to find out if there is enough donor hair, when combined with good styling, to produce the type of coverage you want or need. That depends upon many factors, of which the number of hairs available for transplants is only one of these factors:
- A better match of hair and skin color will work to your advantage, wavy hair and coarser hair also will work to your advantage if that is what you have. What is your skin and hair color?
- How loose is the skin in the back and sides of your scalp. For those who have loose skin, the availability of donor hair is generally higher.
- Is your hair wavy or straight?
- Is your hair coarse or fine?
Sending me a good set of pictures is important for me to establish a good baseline. Please answer the questions above for me in your responsive email. You can use the form or my email address on the Contact page.
In answer to your other point, the idea of using scalp reductions, I will just say that this procedure has fallen into a bad reputation and most good surgeons do not do them anymore. The problems are that there is severe scarring on many patients and thinning of the donor hair to such a degree that there is not enough donor hair to restore the frontal area. Although there are some patients that may do well with them, there are far too many risks for the average patient. I know about these risks because I had three scalp reductions in the early 90s and was left with scars and a return of my entire balding area. I eventually got transplants and had enough donor hair to fill in the crown defect. Best of all for me was that I had no frontal hairloss. Had I been a Class 6-7 balding pattern, I would have been in trouble. So in conclusion, cutting out the bald spot is a risky surgery with many things that could go wrong. The key to a good hair restoration procedure is low risk and a normal, hairy outcome in a reasonable time-frame.