Without a Master Plan, a Norwood Class 7 patient can be exposed to the worst of the problems in planning. An unfortunate example of this is a patient with a complex surgical history that I just saw who had three procedures with three different doctors over the past 10 years. His balding pattern was heading to a Class 7 and none of his doctors seemed to understand where he was going with his hair loss problem. This man had transplants that were spread all over in a most unnatural look, with areas left completely untouched. Some hair was placed in areas that should not have received transplants (they weren’t beneficial to the appearance), and he now has a massive scar in the donor area with no significant donor hair left. He asked I not post his photos here, but what are the options for a case like this?
- Use beard and body hair transplants to fill in the areas that do not look normal. Fill in the scar with beard hair transplants as well. Learn to use transplants as an aide to styling and hair length needs to be planned. I’m not a fan of body hair transplants (BHT) in the great majority of cases, but his options are extremely limited.
- Use cosmetic camouflaging such as Toppik or DermMatch.
- Consider scalp tattoos.
- Get a wig.
Some people still don’t get why a Master Plan is even important, so think of it as a surgical blueprint that plans for the worst case scenario of your hair loss progression. I can not stress the importance of a good Master Plan. Some doctors made a lot of money from this man, but did him no favors. And as I sound like a broken record, never forget — let the buyer beware!