I hate my look. I answered an ad in the newspaper when I was in my early 20s and very depressed about losing my hair. It was not bad then, just starting to thin in the front. The doctor’s sales guy came in and did a job on me, telling me that it was on special and that he would give me 50 free grafts on top of the reduced price and I would never have to deal with the balding again. I scheduled for surgery done the next morning. This was 8 years ago and have hated myself ever since. I did not see how bad they looked until the hair fell out in the front, all within a few months of the surgery. Now I just want to become bald. Can I do it?
My astute readers will notice that this is the 3rd blog entry I’ve made in the past week relating to this very issue (see also: Alas, Bald Again and Years After Transplant, I Want To Shave My Head ), but it is very important to drive home the fact that hair transplants are forever. I know that these deforming surgeries are what most people think that a hair transplant is, but based upon what I see in these pictures, I would expect that you had this 15 or more years ago, not 8. This is malpractice today and I believe even so 8 years ago. The way the doctor unleashed the salesman on you was downright immoral and I would report that doctor, at the least, to the medical board of the state. In California, the medical board takes responsibility to protect consumers against such behavior.
I think that going backwards and becoming bald may not be your best choice, because even if each of these plugs were removed, the scalp skin would then show the individual scars from each excision and the reflection of any light in the room would show the deformity. I suspect that the situation can be improved as shown in these articles and this patient example (see Dean’s Story link below).
- The Art of Repair in Surgical Hair Restoration Part I – General Aspects of Repair and Basic Repair Strategies
- The Art of Repair in Surgical Hair Restoration Part II – The Tactics of Repair
- Dean’s Story – Step by step photos of a repair procedure
- Repair Work Photo Gallery – Before and after patient repair photos
You need a good doctor working with you one-on-one who has the experience to address YOUR needs. This requires both a very experienced hair transplant surgeon, one with good communication skills, compassion, and understanding. Then the two of you can work out what your real options are. For those readers who are seeing this scary picture, don’t think that this is the standard of care (take a look at what is the standard of care today in our Photo Gallery).
Note: This work was NOT performed by New Hair Institute. Click the photos to enlarge.