This class 3V, potential class 5 patient came to our clinic in the winter of 2007. This patient's hair loss pattern was somewhat similar to a Ludwig pattern. This pattern is an overall thinning that is typical of female hair loss. The patient has about average donor density of 180 hairs per square centimeter. Years prior to treatment, the patient began using Finasteride to maintain native hair (non-transplanted). The patient's goal was to obtain conservative, natural looking coverage to the top and front region. Our surgical team successfully transferred approx.1040 CIT grafts to the area.
The patient is now wearing a long hairstyle without looking too thin. In the future, the front and top may be thickened to increase density if necessary. Our outlook on aggressive procedures is that these procedures may aide in over taxing patients' donor resources. The purpose of conserving donor resources and medical therapy is to enable patients with an optimal chance to combat additional loss. A long-term and short-term plan should be given to all patients. Patients should be given recommendations along with the pros and cons of procedures, all possible side effects, and pertinent hair restoration information.