A schematic drawing demonstrating the various zones of the head, the frontal area (F) running from the hairline zone to a line drawn more or less perpendicularly from the ears the mid-scalp area (M) from that point back to where the head changes its orientation from more or less parallel to the ground to more or less vertical, and the crown or "vertex" area (V) behind that area. Areas labeled FE, ME, and VE are zones that still contain hair but can be anticipated to lose that hair over the patient’s lifetime. These areas are in general best treated at the same time as the more obvious areas are transplanted, in order to avoid a constant chasing of an enlargeing bald area.
A patient before treatment (top photo) and nine months after the second of two transplants; the first to the frontal area and the second to the mid-scalp area with a total of 3864 FU and a relatively low density of approximately 20 to 25 FU/cm².
A frontal view of the same patient taken at the same time as Fig. 4b. Note that the hair appears thicker in this view than in Fig. 4b. Always look for comparable views in "before" and "after" photos.
A patient with apparently very limited hair loss in the fronto-temporal corners of his hairline.
The same patient as shown in Fig. 6a nine months after his first transplant.
The same patient as shown in Fig. 6a, and at the same time, which demonstrates that he had diffuse thinning through the entire frontal area and that the hair loss was not limited to only the hairline zone, as might at first have seemed to be the case.
The same patient as shown in Fig.6c nine months after a session of 2211 FU. One does not have to wait until an area has experienced the loss of the majority of its hair before the area can actually be treated. However, the hair density shown above will not persist for the patient’s lifetime because it is a combination of the transplanted hair and the original hair in the recipient area at the time the surgery was carried out. As the patient loses his original hair, the hair density in the transplanted area will become more like that shown in the "after" photos in Fig. 4b and 4c by the time he would have looked like the "before" photo in Fig. 4b, (if he hadn’t in fact undergone transplanting).
A photo of the same patient before and nine months after his second transplant, one to the frontal area and one to the mid-scalp area after treatment with respectively 1923 and 1643 FU at an average density of 30 FU/cm². Note in the before photo that there is a hemispheric area above the temple area that we most often refer to as the supra-temporal hump. This area was treated at the same time as the more obvious areas of thinning towards the midline were transplanted.
A photo of the same patient one year after his third session.
A back view of the same patient just prior to a fourth hair transplant session. While in many patients three sessions (one in each of the frontal, midscalp, and "crown" areas) are sufficient to treat the entire bald area, if that area is larger than average or the donor hair density is lower than average, a fourth (or sometimes even a fifth) session may be necessary to achieve that coverage.
A young man before transplanting. Note that the supra-temporal areas have been outlined and will be treated at the same time as the more obvious areas of thinning.
Nine months after treatment with 2137 FU at an average density of 30 FU/cm².