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Issue Date: October 2006 Issue


Ask the Plastic Surgeon

Question: I am a 34-year-old male and I am experiencing hereditary hair loss. My hairline is receding significantly and I have developed a bald spot in the back of my scalp. I am very self-conscious about it, and I feel that it makes me look older than I am. It is only getting worse. What can I do?

Question: I am a 34-year-old male and I am experiencing hereditary hair loss. My hairline is receding significantly and I have developed a bald spot in the back of my scalp. I am very self-conscious about it, and I feel that it makes me look older than I am. It is only getting worse. What can I do?

Answer: There are many types of hair loss, but the male pattern baldness you are experiencing is hereditary. Unfortunately, you received the short straw on the genes. There are several medications available to help you slow the loss and even regain some of the hair on the back of your scalp. Some are over-the-counter medications, while others require a prescription. You should visit a qualified physician for these options; it is a good place to start. Your surgical option is a hair grafting. Hair grafting today is a standard procedure in the hands of experienced surgeons. It is not the old "hair plugs" that everyone fears. The procedure has become refined and gives a natural hairline that you will not lose. The terminology used today is "single follicular grafting": this has replaced micro-hair transplantation to give the most natural appearance. The procedure can be performed in an afternoon under a local anesthetic. The grafted hair will take several months to begin growing, but it is well worth the effort to have natural-looking and permanent hair growth. More than one surgical session may be required. A consultation with an experienced, board-certified surgeon to discuss your options is recommended.
 
Submit your questions to “Ask the Plastic Surgeon” at allnewu@AOL.com. Questions may be condensed and reformatted for the column.
 
Questions are answered by Dr. Mark A. Foglietti, a nationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon and author.

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