Am I A Candidate For The FUE Procedure?

Dr. Anderson answers this question for a 24 year-old, male patient who is in distress about his high, broad forehead, and temple recession. The patient doesn’t feel his hair line frames his face, and finds it difficult to style his fine hair.

“Unless you have a scalp disorder, or an inflammatory condition in the donor area of your scalp, you are very likely to be a candidate for an FUE procedure. You state that you have a congenitally high forehead, which does not indicate hair loss per se, but you also mention that you have receding at the temples and frontal hairline. This does indicate male pattern balding, and your pictures are typical of this type of hair loss. Certainly, an FUE procedure could move hair to the areas of need for you, but this does nothing to halt the underlying process: progressive, hormone-based male pattern balding. You have inherited a genetic sensitivity to the withering effects of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, and over time this will cause more and more follicles to undergo a process called “miniaturization”….the hair shaft diameters become narrow, revealing the underlying scalp.

It is imperative, due to your young age, and you take action to slow the rate of hair loss, if you are considering a hair restoration procedure. Methods for doing such include,

a) medications: such as Propecia or Rogaine

b) low level light laser therapy (LLLT): several devices on the market, including the Capillus Laser Cap. Recent studies in peer-reviewed journals indicate 80%+ of patients who use LLLT experience a dramatic slowing or halting of their rate of hair loss, and 50%+ of patients report increase hair shaft diameters and hair follicle density.

c) cellular therapy: plateley rich plasma with ACell procedures have been shown to slow the rate of hair loss, and in some cases, appear to regrow hair by revitalizing the thinning hair.”