The Right Candidate

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Am I a Hair Transplant Candidate?For the right patient, exhibiting the right hair and scalp characteristics, hair transplant surgery can be a life changing cosmetic procedure. However, not every hair loss sufferer is a good candidate for surgical hair restoration. It's important to fully understand the criteria that makes a good hair transplant candidate in order to make a better informed decision when considering surgical hair restoration.

What a prospective patient needs to remember is that there is a finite amount of donor hair that can be moved to the balding areas of the scalp, and If this hair isn't used in a prudent and efficient manner, the outcome of the procedure will not meet a patient's expectations. Do not underestimate the importance of discussing these issues with your hair transplant surgeon during your consultation. Providing the surgeon with your honest expectations can better help him explain the reality of your particular situation, and discuss whether or not undergoing a hair transplant procedure is right for you.

It's also important to note that the approach of surgically "keeping up with your hair loss" is not a practical way to address most patient's situations. Unfortunately, this mentality has evolved through the flashy and high pressure,  late night marketing that has been the cornerstone of the less than ethical side of the hair transplant industry.

Having small procedures early on in the hair loss process can be disastrous. Many young men and women are mislead by this marketing approach and are forced to deal with the emotional and physical consequences of falling into this trap. Patients in the early sages of hair loss, who have a significant amount of hair run the risk of "shock loss" caused by the trauma of the surgical procedure. While in most cases, the native hair that was shocked out will return, it can take many months to appreciate the full result of the surgery, causing distress to those who are affected by this. In some cases the young patient might be left with less hair then before the procedure.

Understanding who makes the right candidate for surgical hair restoration is vitally important during the decision making process. Consulting with as skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeon will make this process easier.

In general, the best candidates for hair transplant surgery are:

  • Men who have been losing their hair due to genetic hair loss for more than five years, or who have progressed to a Norwood class III or above.
  • Men with realistic expectations who understand that their hair loss might continue to progress even if they are taking prescription medication to stop the progression.
  • Men who have been balding for many years and who's pattern of loss has stabilized
  • Men and women who have lost hair due to trauma or burns.
  • Men and women who have lost hair or who’s hairlines were raised due to other cosmetic procedures such as face-lifts and brow lifts.
  • Women with stable donor hair who exhibit more of a male pattern, than a female diffuse unpatterned hair loss.
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Brook Wyndham said:

Brook Wyndham
Aside from the less threatening risk of hair transplant surgery the most important factor for me is the entire procedure is safe because it can be managed by means of local anesthesia. I have a phobia on total darkness and losing consciousness.
May 13, 2014
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