suitability for hair transplant surgeryFor those of us who are experiencing the tell-tale signs of hair loss; a receding hair line and/or thinning of the hair on the top, crown or temples, there are many steps to take that could help mitigate the problem. Some of these are backed by science, while some are lifestyle choices that will improve our overall health and well-being. Nevertheless, if you’re suffering from genetically predisposed hair loss, there is not a lot that can be done to reverse the process naturally.

Some sufferers will cut their losses and adapt their style to fit their remaining hair. Others will consider the surgical route, and start exploring the possibility of permanent hair transplantation.

Will hair transplantation work for me?

Every case is unique so booking an appointment to see a hair specialist is the first important step. The sooner you have a professional opinion, the sooner you know what your prognosis is. Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, and results from a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. If you are suffering from a non-reversible type of hair loss such as male pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia), the sooner you can get yourself sorted with a treatment plan – and potentially booked in for a surgical procedure – the better chance you have of finding a workable solution.

What are the qualifying criteria for a hair transplant?

Generally speaking, to be eligible for a hair transplant you need to be in good overall health. Ideally, you will already have tried working with other types of hair loss treatment, to rule out non-surgical alternatives first. It also helps if you don’t have a family history of very severe male pattern baldness. If you do, the surgeon may decide that the risk of failure outweighs the potential benefits. From an emotional perspective, approaching the surgery with realistic expectations of what can be achieved is also sensible.

Hair to spare

The final important part of the qualifying criteria is that you have got enough hair that can be moved from elsewhere on the body (called the ‘donor site) to the affected areas of the head (the ‘transplant site’). Hair specialists have a clever device called a densitometer which helps calculate the prevalence of hair in the donor site, which will give the surgeon a helpful indicator for likelihood of success.

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