Hair transplantation is the most successful form of hair restoration currently on the market. FUE hair transplants provide realistic and natural-looking results which last a lifetime, however, it is important to be aware that hair transplant is not for everybody.
When is too late for a hair transplant?
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss hair loss in men. However, it doesn’t discriminate, and men of any age can experience male pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is also called androgenetic alopecia. It usually occurs later in life as a result of changing hormone levels. It affects 80% of all men and up to 50% of women typically starting before middle age.
Who is an ideal hair transplant candidate?
A hair transplant using someone else’s hair would be almost impossible. A hair transplant utilizes only the hair from your own body due to compatibility issues. Due to this, a doctor would not use hair from another person to avoid rejection of donor hair by the recipient and prevent future infections. If you use someone’s hair your body will develop an immune response automatically and reject the foreign hair which can result in infections and the hair will not grow which making the hair transplant be unsuccessful.
The density of your hair:
Although a hair transplant helps those with hair loss, you do need to have hair for the procedure to work. We look at your donor hair found at the back and side of the scalp. We’ll look to ensure there is enough density in your donor area to plan a good hair transplant.
Your hair type:
The different characteristics of hair can affect how successful a hair transplant is. Different factors such as hair color, texture and curliness can affect the result.
The cause of hair loss:
Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons and some of these reasons such as stress-related hair loss are not permanent and a hair transplant would not be a worthwhile treatment plan.
The age and severity of hair loss can play a part in being a good candidate. Some potential clients are too young and their hair loss is not yet predictable which can make a hair transplant hard to plan. For some, your hair loss might be too far gone, meaning a hair transplant is not possible.
Every patent over 45 will be required to have an ECG check to check the health of their heart, and other medical factors can determine if someone is a good candidate. During a consultation, we’ll ask a series of questions to ensure your general health is good.
Previous hair transplant:
Some people may be looking into getting a second hair transplant, however, this is sometimes not possible if you’ve had a previous hair transplant and your first hair transplant might not have been planned with future hair loss in mind which can leave you with less donor hair.
Can you do a bald hair transplant?
No, we can’t. Being bald is one time when it is too late for a hair transplant. For a hair transplant to be successful, we need our patient to have a good amount of donor hair. A hair transplant works by moving hair follicles from one area of the scalp to another, and therefore would not work for someone with no hair at all.
Hair loss is a frustrating problem for millions of men and women. Factors such as diet, stress, and medications can lead to hair loss but genes can also play an important role in male pattern baldness.
The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Contact us now to get free consultation from our Hair Transplant Specialist Doctor.