What it can or can't do for You?

You need to have realistic expectations. Keep in mind that a hair transplant does not create new hair. It simply relocates it from your donor area (the sides and back of your head) to your area of male pattern baldness.

So the look you can achieve with a hair transplant is really a question of "supply and demand". The supply is how much viable donor hair (genetically programmed to last a life time) you have. The demand is how much bald area you want to cover with a hair transplant.

To see what a hair transplant can do for you, begin by taking stock of what you have to work with.

On all men, even those with severe hair loss, there is typically hair that grows for life on the sides and back of the head. This is because the hair in this "donor area" is genetically different from the hair on the top of the head in men who go bald.

The hair follicles in the "donor area" are genetically resistant to the effects of such baldness causing hormones as (DHT) dihydrotestosterone. That's why they continue to grow while the hair on the top (in the male pattern baldness area) thins and goes bald over time.

The good news is that if this bald resistant donor hair is relocated (transplanted) to the bald area, it will continue to grow for a life time. It will grow just as it would have if it were left on the sides and back of the head. For a detailed explanation of why this works read the ABC's of Baldness.

How much viable donor hair you have is largely determined by the amount and density of the hair you have left on the back and sides of your head. The vast majority of people have enough viable donor hair to do at least one or two hair transplant procedures.

To create a way of measuring a persons degree of "Male Pattern Baldness" and the amount of donor hair they have, the "Norwood Scale" was devised by Dr. O'Tar Norwood. It gives a person a visual standard to describe their degree of baldness.


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