How can I get the most out of my hair transplant?
Hair transplantation can be an effective treatment option for people experiencing all levels of hair loss. Once a person makes the decision to have a hair transplant, they have usually researched it and know that we will be moving hairs that are resistant to hair loss into their areas of thinning/balding. So they are hoping that once the transplanted hairs have grown in, they will not have to do anything more to treat their hair loss.
But genetic hair loss (a.k.a. androgenic alopecia) is a steady progressive process. Even though a transplant will restore a nice density of hairs into the thinning/balding area, this is done by complementing any natural native hairs that are in the area. If the transplant patient then does nothing to save or slow down their natural hair loss, those native hairs will slowly be lost. Once that occurs, only the resistant transplanted hairs will remain. It may still look good, but it may also look thinner than it appeared in the first years after the transplant.
So how can you avoid this from happening? Save the native hairs! There are a handful of treatment options that can be used to help keep your native hairs from thinning and falling out. Generally, I will review all of these options with my transplant patient. If you are already on one of the treatment options, then I will give you a high five and encourage you to continue it.