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One and done hair transplant possible?

6/18/2018 3:43:23 PM

Is it possible to have one hair transplant and achieve full coverage with adequate density in a lifetime? Most likely no, in this article we will discuss the physical limitations of having one hair transplant for a progressive condition such as androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss.

 Men/women are born with roughly 100,000 hairs on their head. This breaks down to about 50,000 follicular units thus, requiring upwards to 25,000 follicular units to completely restore the entire top of the scalp (assuming the front, mid-section and vertex are completely bald). The average donor supply can range from 4,000-10,000 follicular units thus it is not surgically possible to replace every follicle which has been lost due to genetic hair loss. Fortunately, the average donor supply can restore the appearance of fullness in the front two thirds of the scalp excluding the crown (vertex).

 In the beginning stages of genetic hair loss, the thinning may be confined to the front portion of the scalp. However, if left untreated androgenic alopecia will spread and affect other sections of the scalp such as the mid-section and crown (vertex). For this reason, it is not reasonable to believe that one hair transplant will last an entire lifetime because of the progressive nature of androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss. Hair transplantation is the only proven permanent solution to restore hair on a completely bald scalp. However, hair transplantation does not prevent or stop the progression of male pattern or female hair loss.

So how can you prevent further hair loss?

Hair loss drugs: Medication such as Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride), have made real contributions toward stopping and even reversing hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) was discovered in the early 80’s initially used as a blood pressure medication, it was found to have hair growth as a side effect. Propecia (finasteride) inhibits the conversion of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) the hormone responsible for genetic hair loss.


While the idea of having one hair transplant and never looking back is an attractive one, it is not really possible due to the nature of genetic hair loss. It is imperative that a potential patient speak with a surgeon that performs high quality ultra-refined follicular unit transplantation. The surgeon will be able to provide the potential patient with a long-term strategy which is essential in producing lifelong results that are natural and undetectable. Find a quality prescreened hair transplant surgeons  in Canada, the USA, Europe/Asia and South America and schedule a consultation today.

Written By,

Melvin (HTSoon) - Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator For the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog. To share ideas with other hair loss sufferers visit our new Hair Loss Forum and Social Community.