If you’ve decided to go down the route of a hair transplant, please bear in mind that the success of surgery depends on many factors. Before you read on about the transplant solutions available to you, it’s worth asking: what makes an ideal candidate for surgery?
Are you a candidate for surgery?
Any reputable hair consultant or surgeon will discuss the following factors with you:
- General good health
Candidates for surgery should be in general good health. Remember, hair transplantation is an invasive procedure that involves local anaesthetic and a period of recovery time. Individuals should discuss with their hair consultant any health problems and/or current medication before considering hair transplant surgery.
It is typically young men with hair loss in their 20s who want to regain a full head of hair. However, genetic hair loss is gradual and will continue beyond your 20s – so it would be counter-productive to invest in a transplant too early. Our experienced consultants will assess your stage of hair loss and recommend the next course of action.
Age and stage of hair loss
- Amount/quality of hair in the donor area
The most significant factor that will determine the success of a hair transplant is the amount and quality of ‘donor’ hair. By that, we mean the density and volume of your existing, natural hair. Since the procedure involves taking follicles from a strip of this donor hair and transplanting it elsewhere, it’s important that donor hair is strong, healthy and will naturally re-grow within a normal timeframe without any problems.
- Ability to manage expectations
With any surgery of a cosmetic nature, it’s vital that you can manage your expectations of the outcome. While hair transplant surgery can restore a great deal of hair loss, it is unnatural for an individual in his/her 50s to have the hair volume and density of a teenager. Furthermore, as the years go by, hair should naturally thin. A hair transplant is an excellent solution to hair restoration provided it looks realistic – and age appropriate…!