Can a person with 80% hair loss go for a transplant?
On the average there are more than one hundred thousand hair strands on a young human adult. Blondes are on the top with an average of 140,000 strands. People with black hair come second with an average of 108,000 strands, while people with red hair have the least average, 90,000 strands.
For a transplant to be successful, it is necessary that the patienthas sufficient number of hairs inthe donor area. The quality of donor hair is also very important. If the hairs inthe donor area are already weak, there is a greater chance of the early fall of these hairs after transplant.
Can a person with 80% hair loss go for a transplant?Let’s do some math and calculate the remaining number of hair, if you have already lost 80% of your hair. If you are blond, you should have 28,000 hairs left (20% of 140,000). If you have black hair, you should have 21,600 hairs left (20% of 108,000). And if you have red hair, you should have 18,000 hairs left (20% of 90,000).
The number of transplanted hair per session varies widely. Nevertheless, 3,000 hairs are considered adequate to improve the look.
Your expectation and goal is very important in this regard. If you have already lost 80% of your hair then you cannot expect a hair transplant of 3,000hairs to fill your head. 3,000 hairs can be harvested from all three categories i.e. blonde, black, and red. But the quality of those hairs is really important. You will not achieve a good look if the quality of donor hairs is not good. The survival rate also depends on the quality of donor hair.
With only 20% hair left, you’ll most probably have a large bald area. A transplant with 3,000 hairswill improve your head, but it may be far from what it used to be in your youth.
Another important concern is the scar at the back of your head. With fewer numbers of hairs at the back of your head, your scar may become visible. If the scar isn’t visible now, it may become visible in future. Discuss this point with your surgeon specifically.
An alternative is the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method which harvests the grafts without a scar. The grafts are harvested from the back and side of the head with motorized punches—hence there is no linear scar.
It is also important to let your hair transplant surgeon know if you have long and thick body hair on your chest or abdomen. BHT or body hair transplantation is a valid technique in those patients in whom the donor site at the scalp is inadequate. Both the FUE and BHT are performed at all the clinics of Dubai Cosmetic surgery.
So in a nutshell, it is possible to get good results, even if you’ve only 20% of your hair left. But your expectations should be realistic, and your remaining 20% hair should be healthy enough. Discussing these issues with your surgeon may answer your concerns.