If a younger patient (late 20s) wanted to ‘touch up’ their hairline to make it more symmetrical with a small transplant e.g 10cm surface area…approximately what density should this be at if you were to consider that the patient has fine hair and wants to be cautious with regard to future loss?
I’ve seen some surgeons using ‘dense packing’ produce great looking results, but i know these can be risky as future loss can leave a bad result…but would it be ok to transplant at a lower density in this case? And do you ever perform ‘touch ups’ to the hairline of a younger patient if they’re not on medication?
Also, are lower densities (i assume 25-30 per square cm?) going to give a very poor looking result for someone with fine hair?
Each case is different, so you will need a diagnosis first to see if you are balding. Some young men get freaked out about a mature hairline (which is not balding), so it’s very important that you get a diagnosis before you can plan for surgery to address any cosmetic issues to the frontal hairline.
If someone wants a very full hairline (original non-balding density), for most people that would likely require more than one surgery, regardless of how densely packed the hair can get. If your hair was medium-coarse or thicker, you might get a reasonably full look in one session.
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. You should want to create a Master Plan with your surgeon to account for any future loss that might occur. Remember, you’re talking about a surgery to your scalp (particularly at the hairline, right in front of everyone that you interact with in person). You should want to make sure that if you do have hair loss progression, the results from any earlier surgery will remain natural in appearance.