View Full Version : Looking for a Doc's opinion

01-13-2010, 12:39 PM
Assuming that I manage to keep my current hair with rogaine/finasteride. Would the hairline that I drew be appropriate? It's with paint so it isn't exactly perfect but I think it gets the general idea across. This is just what I would want from a HT. Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


family history- Most of the men in my family have either full heads of hair or are very thin on top with very receded hairlines. None are completely bald though.

My personal expectations with a future HT surgery is to have a more fluid hairline, that looks natural and full. At the moment my hairline is thicker in the front then thinner towards the temples. I would like it to have the same density all the way through.

I know that my hairline could change with age but with starting minox and hopefully getting on finasteride within the next month, I can expect to stay relatively close to where I am right now. Possibly even thicken up my crown if I respond well. I am just glad that I'm doing something about my hairloss now, while i'm still young.

01-13-2010, 01:09 PM
I know that youíre young and want yore teenage hair line back, but your expectations are far too high. Concentrate on keeping the hair that you have and if you ever have a hairtranspant no good doctor would ever place your hair line so low. They might consider reinforcing your existing hair line and maybe bring it down a little, but the one that you drew is far too aggressive and will look strange as you mature.

Dr. Glenn Charles
01-13-2010, 07:58 PM
It would be helpful to have a frontal and top-view photograph. Also your age, family history of hair loss, and personal expectations should be used to help determine if you are a good candidate for hair transplantation. The lateral portion ( not temporal ) of a men's hairline should be either parallel to the ground or on a slight incline from the midline towards the ear. As apposed to angling downward. The hairline that you have drawn is not too far away from what I might have recommened. Remember that a hair transplant has to stand the test of time, and should look age appropriate for the life span of the patient.

01-14-2010, 07:10 AM
Thank you so much for the reply Dr. Charles! I am going to go ahead and actually draw a hairline later on today and take some pictures. I will add a frontal and top picture as well.

I will update my main post with the new pictures and information you suggested.

01-15-2010, 12:26 PM
Updated with new pictures.

01-15-2010, 02:18 PM
Yikes, do you really want your hairline to look like that in the temples? What do you think of his drawing Dr. Charles? Is this realistic?

01-15-2010, 03:39 PM

Why does this last picture from behind show you with loss of color? Did you bleach it or something? The other pics show you with medium brown color. Is it the lighting in the last picture?

01-15-2010, 03:48 PM
I'm not an expert so I didn't really know what would look the best for my temples, I just followed where there are still some small hairs left from before the major recession of my temples. I used to have a very low, rounded hairline, when I was in my early teen years. I know rogaine isn't supposed to work on the temples and hairline but I'm starting to see hairs popping up at my temples where they haven't been in a couple years.

But back on topic, It's mostly my hairline that I am concerned about, I just want my temples to look natural too. I dont think having a nice full hairline and then receding temple points would look good, but who knows! That's why I am asking for some opinions. :)

01-15-2010, 03:50 PM

Why does this last picture from behind show you with loss of color? Did you bleach it or something? The other pics show you with medium brown color. Is it the lighting in the last picture?

Sorry for the confusion in the coloration. Yes, it was the lighting. When I tilted my head down to take that specific one I was right under the light and it made it look much lighter than it actually is.

Dr. Lindsey
01-20-2010, 09:10 AM
In my opinion you have drawn too low of a hairline. It looks fabulous at age 20. When you are 45 like me, in my opinion, you would look goofy with that hairline.

There are only 3 real mistakes in hair. First, poor wound closure and a large wide scar occurs (avoided by longer, thinner strips and 2 layer closures---in most cases). Second, putting too little hair on too much bald head (spread a 3000 graft case over all of a class 7's head and you may wind up with a chia pet....; focus on one area and then move on). And third, too low of a hairline. Generally this is a problem for 25 year olds and under. I try to always push for a really conservative hairline, and I know we lose patients to nearby competitors who go along with a 20 year old's idea of what looks great. You can always add more to the hairline if you have good luck and good genes and never need further hair back in your scalp; but once you put that hairline down low, you are stuck.

Be careful not to plan for your old age...your 40s.

Dr. Lindsey McLean VA

01-20-2010, 11:10 AM
Thatís great advice doctor Lindsey! This kid is setting himself up for a lifetime of misery if he pursues a doctor who will give him that hairline and as you said there are many out there. I hope he takes your advise. I donít want to see him here in a year looking for advice of repair surgery. There are doctors I see on other forums who do these very low hairlines, some are even mixing in body hair. The scalps of these people always look raised and red with a very straight line across their foreheads of unnatural looking hair. Itís a disaster.

Dr. Lindsey
01-21-2010, 05:59 AM
Your exactly right. Friday I had a 19 year old college student and his mom here. He wanted a low forehead hairline, and to go in to diffuse thinning with 2000-2500 grafts. I spent an hour explaining why I would not offer him surgery with his present amount of hair, and when he thinned significantly further, I'd still opt for a pretty conservative hairline. Mother seemed to understand and agree; but as they left, he told me he had a consultation at a major national chain later that afternoon...and he wanted surgery, not waiting, nor medicines.

I expect he signed up.

Dr. Lindsey McLean VA

01-21-2010, 12:44 PM
I am a 33 year old male who has had gradual thinning of my hair..It is hard to tell whether I have male pattern Baldness, or a maturing hairline..I was recently diagnosed with low testosterone and have been put on Testim gel..Its supposed to restore your t levels..Anyways I recieved a hair transplant two years ago because I was worried about the thinning..Primarily in the back..I had the transplant and have been very happy with the results..I was never balding just thinning maybe up to a norwood class 2 with a little thinning behind..I was wondering if it were possible that my low testosterone is what has kept me from really loosing alot as compare to gradually and if the supplements of testosterone would cause me to loose more..I have included some pics of my hairline after my transplants..All I can say is that it is wise to listen to the doctor about if your a good candidate or not..The best are candidates who are in their early to late 30's where your adult hairline has begun to show through..I cant tell you the countless hours of research and horror stories of bad work..People who get it done younger have a greater chance of a disfigured hairline..Do you research..Know your Doc and for god sake make sure they have a stylist who will place hair correctly so you dont look like a torn up rug..