While it's possible to undergo surgical hair restoration without using non-surgical hair loss treatments, there are additional risks. Depending on your age and the agressive nature of your hair loss, a reputable hair restoration physician may decline performing surgery on you - especially if your hair loss is rapidly progressing with no signs of stopping. But for older men or for those with signs with mild recession and/or a family history of minimal baldness, performing hair transplant surgery on a patient who isn't taking non-surgical hair loss medication like Propecia (finasteride) and/or Rogaine (minoxidil) may be acceptable and rather successful.
Regretably, there's no way to know for sure whether or not a balding individual will experience significant amounts of baldness or not. Family history, age, current signs of hair loss and genetics are determining factors but even then, there's no way to know with certainty. After all, you may be a "first" in your family, either to experience virtually no hair loss or significant signs of balding.
For instance, Bill Seemiller, managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network was told when he was a child that genetic male pattern baldness followed the maternal grandfather. This of one of the many known hair loss myths. In his case, this mean that Bill wouldn't lose any hair since his grandfather on his mother's side had a full, thick head of hair and apparently never lost a hair in his life. Even his own father still had a decent amount of hair, though he did experience some balding. In Bil's case, he more closely resembled his father's brother and lost a significant amount of hair. Thankfully, after 4 hair transplant procedures, he was able to restore a full looking head of hair and is very satisfied with his appearance (click here to view Bill's hair loss website). However, this goes to show
Remember, hair transplant surgery only moves hair from one place to another. It does nothing to stop the progressive nature of male pattern baldness.
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Bill - Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q & A Blog and the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Community