hello Dr Rassman,
i have a question about hairlines. although it does concern an unlimited donor supply my question is indirectly related to a hair loss cure.
Would you restore juvenile hairlines on patients who requested this if there was an infinite donor supply? like do your concerns simply stem from the finite amount of hair an individual has available for redistribution? or is it an appearance issue?
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Hair transplant surgery, just like any cosmetic/aesthetic surgery, is a situation in which the patient chooses to alter his/her appearance. Thus, if the patient wants to have their juvenile hairline back and there is enough donor hair available, I see no reason why a doctor cannot accommodate the request. The caveat is that even if there is unlimited donor hair, you must consider the future of how that patient may continue to bald and that patient must prepare to have more surgeries. We keep referring to this as the Master Plan.
If the person was 20 years old, I might suggest that he wait 10 years to be somewhat certain he will not be balding. If he is 30 years old without signs of balding, then this could be looked at as if it was a safe decision and probably will not bald.
All of this is hypothetical, of course, because even if auto-cloning is a reality you would need multiple procedures to get that amount of hair distributed to cover the area you want to the density you desire.