Today's hair transplant surgery is highly refined, very natural looking and can restore a much more youthful appearance in many men suffering from hair loss. But what about individuals with advanced levels and degrees of baldness? Can a fully bald man with no hair on the top of their scalp achieve a full head of hair?
Hair transplant surgery is about the art of illusion and operates on the principle of supply and demand. In other words, the more balding an individual is experiencing, the more hair will be needed for transplanting. Regretably, donor hair (hair on the sides and back of the scalp) is limited. Sure every single follicle can be removed and transplanted on top leaving bald sides, but this isn't very practical nor is it natural looking. Thus, the goal is to move as much hair as possible while keeping and creating a full looking appearance in both the donor and recipient areas. Thus, while donor hair supply is limited, the demand for hair on top varies depending on how much hair loss an individual experiences. But what does that have to do with illusion?
Thankfully, natural hair density is not required to create the appearance or "illusion" of density. As long as hair is strategically placed by a skilled and artistic hair restoration physician, only 50% of the original density needs to be re-created to look and appear full. Regretably, those with advanced levels of balding may not have enough donor hair to restore an illusion of fullness to al areas. But a qualified hair transplant surgeon will maximize fullness to critical areas such as the hairline, frontal third and midscalp. These areas are much more noticable to the average person than the crown. Thus, the crown is typically a little thinner looking but no longer bald.
For those considering hair transplant surgery, we highly recommend consulting with a prescreened hair transplant surgeon, such as those recommended by this community. See our high standards for recommendation.
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Bill - Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q&A Blog and the Hair Restoration Forum