At 38, I Am Thinking About Getting a Hair Transplant.

I am 38 years old and in the early stages of male pattern baldness. Currently, I am probably type 2 but it could evolve into type 4. I have been using coconut oil for the past 1-2 months and I do notice some growth (maybe 5%). However, I was looking into getting a minor hair transplant (FUE). I just had a few questions. If you could shed some light, I would be grateful. Thanks!

  1. I have a short haircut in general with buzzed sides and long hair on top. Do I have to shave my head completely for the procedure?

  2. If I get a minor transplant, and somehow it gets worse in the future, would I be able to get another one? Why do some people say you can only get a few transplants throughout your lifetime? Assuming you have enough donor hair.

  3. Do I have to be on medications after getting a transplant? I am looking into this because I did not want to be on propecia or monoxidil due to the side affects.

  4. How often do you have to come back for checkup and what does the entire procedure entail?

  5. Is there usually a minimum number of grafts that a doctor requires?

1. You only need to shave the back of your head short and within a week it will look like normal short hair.
2. There are lifetime limits to FUE and hair transplants in general. If you exceed these limits, then you can become bald in the back of your head. Read here:
3. I would like to see pictures of your hairline. If you were my patient, I would do a HAIRCHECK test to find out what the naked eye can’t see from planning purposes. Send photos to:
4. Once a hair transplant is done, other than a final sign-off with the doctor when it is grown out, there is no real maintenance.
5. There is an activation cost for the surgery room, the staff, and the set-up which is embedded into our fees. Generally, there is a $3,500-4,000 minimum cost but that would include about 600 grafts if it is not FUE.
I look forward to hearing more from you after reviewing photos.
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