If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, you may be wondering if you would be a good candidate. In this article we will discuss the six main factors that determine suitability for hair transplant surgery.
As a general rule, patients between the ages of 18 and 25 are not the best candidates for hair transplant surgery. When hair loss begins at this early stage of life, it is likely to continue and become severe. This tendency has a negative impact on the long term results achieved with any hair transplant procedure. Hair loss at this age is usually best treated through medications.
Gender plays a role in hair loss, both in appearance and pattern. Usually, men experience localized patterns of thinning or balding, with substantial areas of hair remaining elsewhere on the head. On the other hand, women tend to have diffuse thinning throughout the entire head. For this reason, men are generally considered better candidates for hair transplant surgery than women.
Extent of Hair Loss
The extent of hair loss determines if you have viable donor sites available. Once active hair loss has stopped, the hair transplant surgeon will be able to better place the hair grafts to achieve the best result possible. Find a qualified and experienced hair transplant surgeon for your hair loss evaluation. At Sure Hair clinics, we are fortunate to have a staff of top quality surgeons and technicians to help you with your hair loss needs.
After the level of hair loss is determined, your hair type is then evaluated. Different hair types give different types of results. Thick, coarse hair provides better coverage that fine hair. Wavy and curly hair also provides advantages when considering coverage.
Hair density is key when determine whether you have an adequate amount of hair for donation of grafts. The more hair that is left once you hair loss is stabilized, the better your chances to qualify for a hair transplant.
Racial background also plays a part in your evaluation as a candidate for hair transplant. Those of Asian descent usually have straight hair with fewer follicles. Persons of African descent generally have coarse and curly hair that produces a better cosmetic result. One disadvantage encountered by this racial type is the possibility of keloid scarring, which may result in more noticeable scarring. Caucasian individuals have the largest range of hair and skin types. Generally, any individual with a hair color that is close to their skin tone or those with coarse, wavy hair will experience the best results with hair transplant surgery.
Scalp laxity refers to the degree of elasticity of the scalp and is the last major factor in determining suitability for hair transplant. Your hair transplant surgeon can discuss this further with you. In general, a greater laxity makes a larger graft count possible.