I am a 26 year old male with vertex hair loss only. My hairline and frontal hair is very strong, yet my vertex is almost slick bald for a few years now. I was thinking about having a hair transplant, yet I am not sure whether I will lose my hair in the front or not.
I have been to a hair transplant surgeon and he was very surprised with my unusual pattern of loss and suggested that I get a hair transplant (I strictly do not want to use any medication).
I am left confused here. I do want to replace the hair that I lost in my crown, however I certainly do not want to have a weird loss pattern if I start losing frontal hair in the future. My question is, how long should I wait to find out my eventual hair loss pattern or should I cross my fingers and go forward with the process now? I know a diagnosis without a physical examination is impossible, but a second opinion cannot hurt I guess.
There seems to be a disconnect between you and your doctor. If he recommend surgery what is the problem? What is the “weird” hair loss pattern? Is your doctor a novice where he has never seen a person like you before? Maybe you need a second opinion from another doctor (in person). Some people do not fit into a classic Norwood balding pattern. Some people only bald on the top vertex area just as Dr. Rassman had (no frontal or top balding and only a bald crown). You definitely need a good diagnosis and a Master Plan of action. What we do in such a situation for someone of your age, is that we perform a bulk analysis of your hair in front and on top. then compare the hair bulk from the same sized area in back of your head (the permanent zone used for hair transplants). Most people your age, will show some decreased hair bulk in the frontal area and on the top of the head if they have any balding present elsewhere in their head.
A person with a balding crown may increase the size of the balding area as they age. If they have a hair transplant and they the crown balding area enlarges, you must transplant the wider balding area or you will be left with a hair ‘island’ in a larger balding area. The implications of transplanting the crown should be known to you, of just research it on the internet or our website (https://newhair.com/resources/assessing-hair-loss/), purchase our book ‘Hair Loss For Dummies’ which can be ordered through Amazon or our office, or visit one of our badlingblog editors if you are in Los Angeles, Koream or England.