Are your strands looking thinner than usual? You may be a candidate for a hair transplantation. Not everyone is eligible, though. Here are five signs you are.
Are you concerned about thinning hair? Do you feel self-conscious when you take off your hat and expose your head? You’re not alone.
While it’s normal to shed between 50-100 hairs a day, exceeding that amount may wreak havoc on your image- and your self-esteem. Hair transplantation, however, may be the solution you need. Let’s get into the top signs that you’re a fit candidate for this procedure.
1. You’re Older Than 30
While men and women may experience hair loss at any age, most surgeons recommend waiting until after your 30s before looking into procedures.
That’s because it may be challenging to determine the pattern of your hair loss. Ideally, good candidates have experienced balding for several years. While it’s reasonable to want to “fix” the problem as soon as you notice it, a longer period provides your doctor with a more comprehensive perspective about what approach will generate the desired outcome.
2. You Are Patient
Of course, aesthetics are important, but the success of hair transplantation does not occur overnight. In fact, the results may take several months to a year.
Transplanted hair doesn’t naturally adapt to the hair growth cycle right away. It takes time. Therefore, you must be patient and aware that transplanted hair may fall, replenish, and then grow appropriately.
Note that some people will need to continue taking medication after their surgery. That’s why being patient and realistic with the process is so essential.
3. You Are Generally Healthy
Successful candidates take care of their physical health. They know to eat a nutritious and rounded diet, exercise regularly, and follow healthy-living habits.
Your general health has a tremendous effect on your immune system. Your immune system plays a fundamental role in speeding up your recovery process.
If you are experiencing any health conditions, it is imperative that you discuss your medical history with your surgeon in advance.
4. Your Hair Loss Is Associated With Trauma, Burns, or Cosmetic Procedures
People who have lost hair due to external circumstances (i.e. burns or cosmetic procedures) generally make good candidates for hair transplantation.
Many of these people lose hair on their scalps. The transplant can restore their hair follicles via removing clusters of hair from the donor area and inserting them into the bald area. The final product will look natural and smooth.
5. You Have Tried Other Options
Surgery is usually the last option for hair restoration. Most surgeons recommend trying the procedure only after trying out other approaches.
That’s because the procedure can be costly. And, as mentioned, the results are not immediate. Furthermore, hair loss may continue to progress despite the procedure and taking other prescribed medication.
Furthermore, surgery can result in the loss of hair due to the surgical procedure. Unfortunately, this hair may not grow back, which may result in even thinner strands.
Final Thoughts on Hair Transplantation
Although it is not for everyone, hair transplantation can provide a profound solution for restoring both your image and your self-confidence.
While there are several methods of hair transplantaton, Dr. Neavin prefers follicular unit extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft to reduce scars and post operative pain.
Interested in learning more? Want to see if you’re a good candidate? Schedule a consultation with us today!
Dr. Tim Neavin is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, California.