Thick, healthy hair is something that many people strive for. However, due to age, genetics and health conditions, hair loss can become a problem. Although hair loss is common, it can cause one to become self-conscious about their appearance. Many will turn to or consider a hair transplant but wonder if they’re a good candidate for it. Depending on a few factors, the doctor can determine if the procedure is right for you.
In recent years, hair transplants have become quite popular, for example, the Follicular Unit Extraction (or FUE) is one of the most common procedures. This revolutionary hair transplant is a minimally invasive technique that doesn't require stitches and features natural-looking hair. It is also a quick recovering, permanent transplant, unlike most techniques.
Here are a few factors to take into consideration when thinking about getting a hair transplant:
All ages are available to get the work done but if a patient is too young doctors may want to hold off performing the transplant. Most of the young patients tend to have premature hair loss. This means that as they advance in age, hair loss will progress. For example, a young patient might need multiple procedures in the future to maintain a natural looking hairline. Older patients make the best candidates since their hair transplant will stay looking natural over time. As for the perfect age, it's above the age of 30 as their pattern has been well known and established.
The best candidates for hair transplants are those who take care of themselves physically. That includes eating well, exercising regularly and staying out of stressful situations as much as possible. On top of how a candidate takes care of themselves, the current condition they are in is also very important. If a patient is sick or has permanent immune system issues, it can mean a longer and tougher recovery.
Type and Classification of Hair Loss
This simply means how severe the patient’s hair loss is. Doctors have to consider the amount of donor's hair that is available to be transplanted to the thinning areas. The amount of donor hair available determines the expected results of the procedure. If a candidate has extensive hair loss and/or a lack of donor area, the transplant could return much less than expected results from the patient. This is something that will need to be discussed between the patient and doctor before moving forward.
During the consultation, the doctor will consider the above factors to determine if the patient is an eligible candidate. For more information on hair transplants, contact the team at Shear Pointe today!