I received mixed hair transplant advice from multiple surgeons. I am unsure what to do. (Photo)

So the story starts that I am 27 years old with diffused hair thinning with a Norwood V hair loss emerging. I have been on monxoidil but reluctant to take finisteride because of the side effects I have now spoken and seen roughly about 8 surgeons. Some regarded as the best in the world with mixed fredback. 6 say I need about 1800-2000 grafts and 2 say roughly 5000 grafts. I said to the 6 surgeon about other feedback and they said there would be no place to put that amount of grafts. I feel lost

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If you have post surgical issues, please contact your doctor. Your doctor knows the details of you surgery and can best answer y

If you have post surgical issues, please contact your doctor. Your doctor knows the details of you surgery and can best answer your questions.

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

I received mixed hair transplant advice from multiple surgeons. I am unsure what to do.

1800-2000 grafts would be the best estimate for you, judging by your age and the amount of thinning hair on your photos. More than 2000, in my opinion would be a gross misuse of your limited number of "safe" donor grafts. Be conservative. You'll be happier I bet. 

William Woessner, MD
New Orleans Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Variable graft ranges

Doctors differ in their approach.  The likely answer is that they are both right - because although 1800-2000 grafts will make a significant difference, you are going to be losing more hair over time just on minoxidil, so eventually you will need more grafts, hence the estimate for 5000.

In general, more grafts=happier patient, so some docs like to get as much as they can the first time, and some docs just don't feel that that would be their approach.  GO with the doc you feel most comfortable with.

Good Luck!

Sara Wasserbauer, MD
Walnut Creek Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Different opinions from different surgeons

Welcome to the world of surgery, where there are sometimes as many opinions (whether it's your kidney stones or your follicles) as there are surgeons! But I agree with most of the other doctors who have submitted responses to your question: at your age, it makes sense to be conservative with your donor area and get started on finasteride to maintain your native hair and minimize the need for repeated surgeries. I'm not sure what to make of the photos you've posted (they look like they're from two different people), but I would think 2000-2500 grafts would make a considerable difference. 5000 grafts seems excessive, in terms of your recipient area, your donor area, and your wallet. 

Understand that it is in your interest to maintain your existing hair no matter how large or small a transplant you have. Finasteride is by far the most effective way to do that. It is successful in halting or even reversing the progression of male pattern baldness in 90% of men. There is no drug that has no possible side effects, but the much feared side effects of finasteride are waaayyy overblown in Internet chat rooms, with no scientific studies to support the claims. On the other hand, a large, randomized, controlled, prospective, double-blind study found that there was only about a 0.5% greater risk of decreased libido/erectile dysfunction compared to a placebo. It's important to remember that up to 40% of men have ED by the age of 40, and that ED has myriad known causes: relationship stress, family stress, financial stress, job stress, depression, and hypertension/diabetes/alcohol/other drugs, to name the more common reasons. Finasteride has become a convenient scapegoat for many cases of sexual dysfunction, and more often than not the "side effects" are simply a self-fulfilling prophecy. And don't forget, the side effect of NOT taking finasteride is baldness.

What you could do, if you're afraid that you'd be in the 0.5% and not the 99.5%, would be to start with a very small dose (0.5 mg) 2--3 times a week and gradually increase to 1 mg a day over the course of several weeks. My money is on YOU.

  Thanks for your question--I hope this was helpful.

  Dr. Ballon

Jonathan Ballon, MD
Atlanta Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Mixed hair transplant advice

I think that you will loss all the hair at the middle part of head in time .İt is hard to say something about vertex and back ..I advice you to have 2000 grfats for frontal area +for anew frontal hair line and 1500 or more  grafts for the middle .İt supports your young appearence and self confidence at least 4-5 years without any problem .But after you lost more because of AGA you will need a second intention to support middle and the back .dont feel lost , you just need a good plan 

Ilhan Serdaroglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Mixed opinion on graft number

At age 27, you need to use your donor hair very judiciously. Your non transplanted hair is still in a state of loss (and no one knows the rate of that loss) It would be wise to stay on the lower more conservative side of graft numbers if you decide on a transplant.

Dow Stough, MD
Hot Springs National Park Dermatologic Surgeon

What to do

5000 grafts i taking your money and depleting your donor area significantly for future needs. Don't do that!

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

The more the better

Realistically, you'd look great with 2000 grafts.  If you don't take the finesteride and continue to lose your hair, you'll need 5000! I would really ask you to consider the finesteride.  The side effects occur in only 1% of cases and are completely reversible if side effects do occur. Medical therapy is most important in young patients because this is a progressive disease -- you are still losing hair.  Combining medical therapy with a transplant will prolong your results and save money in the long run! Long story short, take the Finesteride and do 2000 grafts, then add more in 10-15yrs!  Good luck.

Robert S. Houser, DO
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

I received mixed hair transplant advice from multiple surgeons. I am unsure what to do.


Thank you for your question and photo, 

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It does not hurt to start

small and ad more later if needed.  You should choose the doctor you are most comfortable with as no doctor is perfect.

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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