Being a good candidate for any procedure is always a question a patient should have. Surgeons and other medical professionals can provide these answers and determine who would be a good candidate for different procedures, including cosmetic. As a hair transplant doctor can explain to the right candidate, a hair transplant can provide the desired density and youthful look to the hairline. Hair restoration is when hair grafts are removed from the donor area of the scalp and transplanted to the balding or thinning areas of the scalp. The hair grafts are either moved individually (FUE) or in a strip removed from the donor area (FUT). The final result is a greater density of hair that looks and acts just like the natural hair in the transplanted area. If you are not sure that you qualify as a good candidate for a hair transplant, take a look below to see if you fall in the “ideal candidate” category:
An ideal candidate has a realistic idea about the type of results that can be achieved and this includes the amount of hair growth that can be expected after the hair grafts are implanted in the scalp.
A person with realistic expectations also includes someone who realizes that the results will not be visible overnight. It can take anywhere from 12-18 months before the final results are visible so patience must be part of the healing process.
The realization that there is a finite amount of donor hair that can be moved to the scalp is an important part of the hair transplant process. Not everyone will have a large amount of donor hair on the back and sides of the scalp. While there is a chance
that donor hair can come from other parts of the body (such as the chest and beard), it is important to know that there is only a certain amount of hair that can be moved for each person.
A hair transplant might not be the best option to deal with the hair loss you are suffering. Some patients can address their thinning hair with minoxidil or finasteride. There is also a chance that the hair loss can be the result of an infection or a medical condition. It is important to have a board-certified surgeon examine your scalp to determine the cause of the hair loss as well as make a treatment plan to address the reasons for the hair loss on the scalp. Men who have been losing their due to make pattern baldness are often a good candidate for a hair transplant.
Patients who have lost hair on their scalp due to an accident or trauma (such as burns) might be able to reverse their hair loss with hair restoration surgery.
Now that you know what to look for when it comes to good hair transplant candidates, it is time to schedule a consultation appointment with a doctor who is experienced in performing hair transplants. The doctor will walk you through the hair transplant process and let you know the benefits you can achieve from having the procedure. The doctor will also answer any questions you have in mind in order to make sure you have the facts you need to make an informed and educated decision about undergoing hair restoration.