Why I had hair transplant surgery

Judging by my before pictures, you’re probably wondering, Lance, you weren’t even bald. Why on earth did you have a hair transplant?

The truth is I wasn’t bald yet.

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The Norwood scale identifies the severity of a man’s hair loss. Whereas a I contains no hair loss, I was a II prior to my surgery where I had noticeable recession into my temples. My father has been a VII for the majority of his life and if I did nothing to maintain my regular hair, I most likely would have continued down the same path.

Family history and genetics are not on my side as dear-old dad is bald and my older brother from my dad’s first marriage is getting there.

At 28 years old, I had significant recession in my frontal hairline and temples and hair loss is a progressive condition that gets worse with age.

I figure taking care of it now at 28 is the best course of action instead of waiting until I am 38 when it is much worse and more expensive to treat. You don’t have to wait until you are noticeably bald before getting a hair transplant and the sooner you see a hair specialist, the sooner you can find out what your options are.

I first noticed my hair loss when I was 25 after going through a photo album with pictures from my teenage years.

My hair loss made me incredibly self-conscious making me look and feel older than my age and I would avoid styling my hair certain ways as well as having my picture taken from certain angles.

Among the many insecurities that men have whether it be their career, height, or penis size, hair loss tremendously bothers a lot of men and as a young man it’s incredibly disheartening to enter the prime of your life only to see your hair in the shower drain.

Instead of viewing hair loss as an unwarranted vanity issue, I look at it like replacing your front tooth — if you knocked out your front tooth, you’d get it fixed, wouldn’t you? I see moving hair from one part of my scalp to another the same way.

This motivated me to start researching hair transplant surgeons and I ended up having three procedures in total; two FUT/strip procedures with Dr. Matthew Huebner to lower my frontal hairline and build out my temporal peaks, and one FUE scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath.

My dad and me at a taekwondo tournament before my 15th birthday in 2001. My hairline used to be much more square like in the front. This photo surprised me with how much hair I had lost over the past 13 years.

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This is me during my pre-surgery consultation before my first procedure with Dr. Huebner in 2014. Notice how much higher my forehead and temples are compared with the photo above from 2001.

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