Hair Loss Treatments

Hair transplantation: Am I the right candidate?

By Alex

Noticing hair loss can be a scary time for anyone, it can quickly become a time where you start to panic and worry about what your hair is going to look like in a few months’ time and if there is anything you can do to stop it.

As soon you start to research hair loss you’ll find a huge variety of different ‘hair loss solutions’ and different hair restoration treatments that might be able to solve your hair loss problems. One of the most popular hair loss treatments is a hair transplant and today we’re letting you know if you’re the right candidate!

What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is a hair restoration procedure that we at the Harley Street Hair Clinic specialise in. A hair transplant works by removing individual hair follicles from one area of the scalp, with the use of a specialised extraction tool and then transplanting them to an area of the scalp where the hair may be thinning. The procedure works to give the appearance of a fuller head of hair with a natural and realistic looking hairline.

The hair transplant procedure can give amazing results; however, the treatment is not suitable for everyone here are a few different factors that can determine if you’re a suitable candidate.

Your age

We often get asked when is it normal to start losing your hair, but it differs for everyone. Men can start to lose hair from as young as 18 and it can cause them a lot of concern, the important thing to remember is, this doesn’t mean you need a hair transplant.

Hair loss can be quite unpredictable for those under the age of 30, your hair loss pattern will not be fully established, and with this in mind, it can become difficult to produce a hair transplant that is future proof.

Our hair loss experts always keep future hair loss in mind, and because of this, if you’re too young it can be difficult to ensure your hair transplant results will last into the future.

Your hair density

This is one of the most important factors of a hair transplant, a lot of people assume anyone can have a hair transplant – even if they don’t have any hair. This isn’t true, because it just is not possible. The treatment works by transplanting hair from one area of the scalp to another, and although the treatment has amazing results, it cannot work miracles.

In order to have a hair transplant, you’ll need to have hair. During your consultation, our doctors will look at the density of your hair before deciding if you’re a good candidate, you should have a good amount of healthy hair growing at the back and sides of the scalp in order for us to successfully donate these follicles to other areas of the scalp. In some cases, those with low hair density are not always the right candidate for a hair transplant.

Your general health

Having a hair transplant is only considered as a minor surgery, however, there is some minor risk still involved and because of this, it is important to be in optimum health. All patients over 45 are required to have an ECG check to check the health of their heart. Other medical factors that can vary from patient to patient will also be discussed during a consultation, this will all determine if you’re a good candidate.

Are there any other treatments I can try?

Yes! If you do not feel as if you’re the right candidate for a hair transplant we do offer other treatment. We offer ATP, or advanced tricho pigmentation – this is a pigmentation delivery system that replicates the appearance of hair follicles. The treatment is great for those who might be a bit too early for a hair transplant and want to add the appearance of density or even those who have no hair and want to replicate the appearance of a full head of shaven hair.

You can take a look at some of the amazing ATP case studies here.

So, am I a good candidate for a hair transplant?

These are just some of the factors that will determine if you’re a good transplant for a hair transplant, and it does not mean those who differ to this cannot have a hair transplant. Every candidate is different, as is every hair transplant and the best way to ensure you’re a good candidate is to book in for a consultation.

During the consultation process at the Harley Street Hair Clinic, we will assess your hair loss and discuss all of the factors mentioned above to see how we can help you. Contact us today for your no obligation consultation.

 

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