The Decision to Have a Hair Transplant is an Exciting Choice to Make.
You don’t have to continue having hair loss thanks to various hair restoration treatments, such as the ARTAS iX hair transplant. If you’re ready to get the hair you desire, the next step will be determining if you qualify as a hair restoration candidate.
When determining if you would be a good candidate for hair restoration surgery, there are several factors that surgeons often consider. From age to hair loss type, when you meet with a hair transplant surgeon, they will ask you a series of questions and in order to determine if the procedure is the right solution for you.
What is Your Age?
While someone of any age could be a hair restoration candidate, the procedure is most effective for a specific age group. This ideal age to undergo a hair transplant is between the ages of 25 and 65. Even though those under the age of 25 can experience hair loss, it is often considered premature and something that could change with time.
On the opposite end of this age range, we have seen that the more a person ages, the thinner their hair typically becomes. Thinner hair in patients often makes it more difficult for the procedure to yield the desired results. While this age range is often considered the ideal range, it is possible for those outside of the range to be a good hair transplant candidate depending on other factors.
What is Your Hair Loss Classification?
Hair loss isn’t so simple that it is all grouped into one classification. In fact, there are various classes and systems that have been used throughout the years to determine the hair loss patterns of men and women. Today, most surgeons use the Norwood Scale as a way to classify male pattern baldness.
Identifying the classification of hair loss is essential to determining the qualification of a hair restoration candidate due to the nature of the procedure. To conduct a hair transplant, surgeons must have sufficient donor hair to use from the scalp. If the hair loss is too severe or there are insufficient follicles in the donor area, it could prevent the procedure from delivering the natural-looking results that patients often desire.
What is Your Hair Type?
Hair type is another factor that can play a role in determining whether you are a hair restoration candidate. Thick hair is often ideal as it will provide better coverage and more natural-looking results in the affected areas. Whether hair is curly or straight and even the color can also be a factor in determining a person’s candidacy if they are interested in exploring robotic hair restoration. Curlier hair and very light or white hair often make it more difficult to detect the follicle to be transplanted.
Do You Have Any Previous Health Conditions and Healthy Lifestyle Habits?
While a hair transplant may be minimally invasive, it is still a surgical procedure. As such, the overall health of a patient can significantly impact the healing process and the final results of the procedure. A hair restoration candidate should be in good health and have a strong immune system in order to reduce the risk of complications and promote the body to heal.
It is important to discuss with your surgeon any past medical conditions, medication history, or lifestyle habits, such as smoking or drinking, during the initial consultation so that they can guide you in making the right decision for your hair restoration surgery.
Find Out if You Are a Hair Restoration Candidate
The best way to find out if you are a hair restoration candidate is to meet with a qualified surgeon for a consultation. At West LA Hair, Dr. Melamed conducts every consultation, using his expertise to determine if patients qualify as hair transplant candidates. If you are eligible, Dr. Melamed will provide further information and direction, as well as be the doctor to conduct the surgery and post-operation appointments, so you know you will have an expert with you every step of the way. Based on your initial consultation, Dr. Melamed will advise you if you do not qualify for hair restoration surgery. In such cases, there are various non-surgical options available as a solution to your hair restoration concerns.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Melamed today and determine if you are eligible as a hair restoration candidate.