Before / Afters
Here is a potential class 5 patient who received 1600 CIT grafts. The patient has straight, medium-fine hair with average donor density (180 hairs per square centimeter). The patient's goal was to add density to the appearance of the frontal scalp. Dr. Cole's treatment plan for this patient was to conservatively transplant the CIT grafts to the top and frontal third. Medical therapy was also in the plan to treat the patient. The photos shown below depict this patient's progress at 24 months post-op. A dramatic change in the appearance of the frontal scalp has been achieved by adding such a small amount CIT grafts. With CIT, there is no linear scarring associated with the procedure versus the strip hair transplant method (FUT). No clinic can guarantee that a surgery is 100% scar free, but less invasive methods to harvest a donor area are available. The patient is very excited about the new natural looking growth and the boost of confidence.
This Norwood 6 patient presented his case to Dr. Cole back in 1997. At that time, Dr. Cole was one of a small group of hair restoration surgeons performing total microscopic follicular unit hair transplantation. In early 2004, the patient had two more surgeries. One was a microscopic FUT strip session for the frontal and mid sections and the other a 700 graft CIT procedure to address the crown. Over the course of his journey, he has received excellent hair coverage, with a total of 3650 FUs. The results are undeniably natural, and we are thrilled for him.
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.
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