Hair loss is experienced by several males, at some point in their life. Advanced hair transplant surgeries can be of great help to suitable males experiencing hair loss. Surgical Hair Restoration drastically enhances the appearance and general well being of an appropriate candidate. Though, every person is not a perfect contender for surgical hair transplant. Every person should be assessed individually.
Persons with adequate amounts of hair on their scalps may tend to lose some or much of their existing hair due to the trauma caused by the surgical hair restoration procedure. In few cases, the lost hair fails to return and it may also lead to increased thinning of hair as compared to before the surgical procedure. Hence, it is essential to know whether or not you are a right candidate for the hair restoration procedure.
Some of the factors which are helpful in evaluating perfect candidates for hair transplantation are as follows:-
Compared to females, males are the best candidates for surgical hair transplant as they have localized areas of thinning. Females generally have diffuse thinning, but if they possess localized areas of thinning then, they too can be considered as ideal candidates.
Young persons are generally not considered as ideal candidates for surgical hair restoration as they experience recent hair loss which probably has more chances of progressing further with age. Irregular hair growth patterns in younger men, particularly those below 30 years fails to make them good candidates for hair transplant. Hair transplant at such an early age may lead to inaccurate distribution of donor hair, resulting in dis satisfactory results in the future. It is advisable to address recent hair loss with medications. Permanent hair transplant is ideally suitable in males above 30 years of age as by this time, the hair loss pattern is well ascertained.
Hair transplantation techniques utilize the existing hair in the donor areas hence, amount of donor hair available is an utmost important factor in assessing the eligibility for hair transplant surgery. People with inadequate amount of donor hair are unsuitable for transplant. Best candidates for surgical hair replacement are those who have sufficient quantity of hair in the donor areas of the scalp. Donor areas are the back and sides of the head. These sites are the part on the scalp from where grafts and flaps are extracted. Hair taken from these areas is genetically programmed to never fall out.
More the laxity of scalp, more the donor hair can be extracted. Scalp laxity determines the quantity of donor hair that can be removed.
EXTENT OF HAIR LOSS:
Such males are excellent candidates for hair restoration surgery, who have
– Experienced loss of hair for over five years or
– Advanced to a Norwood class 3 or above hair loss or
– Stabilized hair loss pattern and
– Interest in just adding a small quantity of hair to offer a younger look.
When the hair loss is stabilized, it becomes easier for the transplant surgeon to place hair grafts into appropriate locations. On the Norwood hair loss scale, males experiencing Norwood class 1 or 2 should refrain from hair restoration as that condition can be treated with medications. Males with well-defined male pattern baldness are best recommended for hair transplant.
Density is defined as the number of hair follicles per unit of surface area. Higher the density of hair, higher is the number of hair available for transplantation. Males having dense hairs are the best individuals for surgical hair restoration.
HAIR LOSS DUE TO TRAUMA:
Hair loss in males due to trauma; burns; scarring; scalp injuries or other cosmetic procedures such as face-lifts are good entities for hair restoration surgery. Hair replacement is not recommended in males where hair loss is because of medications such as chemotherapy.
People with thick, coarse and wavy hair are suitable individuals for hair transplants as thick, coarse and wavy hair offer more density resulting in better appearance.
The health status of an individual should be assessed to ensure that he is fit to undergo the surgical procedure. In case an individual suffers from any medical condition then, the procedure should be performed only after the individual is treated and healthy to undergo the surgery. Healthy lifestyle leads to reduced recovery time and decreased risk of acquainting complications.
Best outcome of surgical hair restoration is observed in males with coarser, denser hair and whose skin color is alike their hair color. Blacks have coarser hair which is good for hair transplantation while Asians have straight hair with reduced follicular density as compared to Caucasians.
Considering the above mentioned factors one can decide whether or not to opt for surgical hair transplantation techniques.
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