Hair Restoration can achieve better results in appropriate candidates. Some people may not be suitable for a hair transplant, so procedures in such cases will not prove successful, or more precisely they may not produce satisfactory results.
If an unsuitable candidate insists on hair transplant, the doctors should explain them that they should lower their expectations, knowing that they have the equal share of responsibility for any possible failure.
We should note here that no matter how much they insist, we do not perform Hair Restoration on ineligible candidates on principle.
If you are not a good candidate and still insist on hair transplant, and if a clinic or hospital solely motivated by financial gains agrees to do the operation, the results may make you wish you had never had that operation. It may result in further deterioration in your appearance.
Results depend largely on the surgeon you select
While these advances are giving patients natural-looking results, the outcome still depends largely on the surgeon you select. You want to choose a doctor who understands hair loss and performs hair transplants regularly.
Dermatologists specialize in conditions that affect our skin, hair, and nails, so they know a lot about hair loss. Many also perform hair transplants and can tell you whether you are a good candidate for a hair transplant.
Am I a good candidate for hair transplantation surgery?
The ideal candidate for hair restoration surgery has healthy hair on the sides and back of the head. These sites are used as donor areas for the grafts. Men and women with well-defined baldness, thinning hair and those with limited hair loss due to scalp injuries or repeated cosmetic procedures are generally good candidates for hair restoration surgery. The Our team will advise you of treatment options during an initial consultation.
Who is a candidate for hair replacement?
You may be a candidate for hair replacement surgery if you:
- Are in good health.
- Have realistic expectations about hair replacement results.
- Still have areas of thick hair growth on your scalp.
Hair transplants are effective procedures for restoring hair growth following many causes of hair loss. The success rate of hair transplant surgery depends on many factors, including the skill and experience of the surgeon and the thickness of the person’s donor hair.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), hair transplantation can provide a modest change in hair fullness. For dramatic changes, people may wish to opt for skin flap surgery, tissue expansion, or scalp reduction techniques.
There are no large studies that list specific hair transplant success rates. However, several smaller studies and articles provide some information about the effectiveness of these procedures.
One studyTrusted Source found that the majority of people who underwent FUE using body or beard hair combined with scalp hair were satisfied with the results at an average follow-up of 2.9 years. Among 79 participants, the mean overall score of satisfaction was 8.3 out of 10.
What is the best age for a hair transplant?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question as it typically depends on the individual. Your circumstances may differ from someone else’s, and you may require a hair transplant earlier than they do.
To ensure that your hair loss pattern is fully determined, it is advised that you wait for your procedure until you are 30 years old. Up until you have your hair transplant procedure, it is important to note that it can help you to use non-surgical treatments, as mentioned previously, to prevent any more chances of hair loss.
A good candidate should meet the following criteria:
- The hair loss should be at stage 2 or above based on the Norwood-Hamilton Scale.
- The heavy hair loss period should be completed or near completion despite every conservation efforts (even if it varies from person to person, the best time for a hair transplant is after the age of 30, because it becomes easier to predict future hair loss after that age)
- The donor region should yield healthy grafts enough to cover recipient areas. Higher density of hair in the donor region means denser hair in the recipient areas.
In extreme cases like severe hair loss due to trauma, injury, burns, or surgical procedures, people can get a hair transplant without any regard to the criteria above.
Candidates meeting these criteria are generally considered good candidates. Your doctor should explain whether you successfully meet these criteria once he has examined your hair.
When do patients see results from a hair transplant?
Most patients see results between six and nine months after surgery. For some patients, it takes 12 months.
It’s important to know that between two and eight weeks after the surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out. This is normal. By the third month, the hair may look thinner than before you had the transplant. Again, this is normal.