Hair Loss Advice

Am I suitable for a hair transplant?

By Alex

People can start to lose their hair from as early as their 20s, and hair loss can start from different places on the head.

When deciding to get a hair transplant many different points will come in to play, for example, what is the cause of your hair loss? How severe is your hair loss? Different factors will all be taken in to account to decide if you are a suitable candidate for a transplant.

At The Harley Street Hair Clinic we require all of our prospective clients to undergo a detailed,no obligation consultation so that we can ensure you get the best possible treatment. If you are considering getting a hair transplant take a look at the different factors that determine if you are suitable or not.

Your age will be considered when applying for a hair transplant

You can begin to lose your hair from as early as your 20s. Starting to lose your hair this young does not always mean that you will go bald, or that you need a hair transplant immediately. Showing early signs of hair loss, such as a receding hair line, is normal.

At a young age the pattern and extent of hair loss is not clear, and with this in mind we would not usually recommend a hair transplant this early on in the hair loss stage.

If you still feel that you would like to be treated, please remember we have other hair loss treatments that you might be suitable for.

You are experiencing stress related hair loss (Telogen Effluvium)

You can lose your hair for a number of different reasons, and not all hair loss is permanent.  Telogen Effluvium can cause hair loss, due to an increased number of hair follicles entering the resting stage, and this is commonly caused by a number of reasons, most notably stress.

The body shuts down production of hair during periods of stress, so if you have had a stressful period, the hair follicles will enter the resting stage and after around three months these hairs will then shed. If the stress has stopped, the hair will eventually grow back, after around another three months. If you are experiencing Telogen Effluvium you will not be suitable for a hair transplant, as in most cases your hair will grow back.

You have extensive hair loss

When undergoing a FUE hair transplant, the treatment works by taking donor hair from areas of the head that still have hair, and using a micro surgical needle to puncture the scalp area that is to receive the hair grafts. The individual hair follicles are then inserted into these micro punctures, at a density and angle to match the original hair growth.

As the treatment works by using donor hairs that you already have on your head, if you have extensive hair loss there might not be enough hair for the treatment to work. In this case you will not be suitable for a hair transplant.

Your hair is thinning

In some cases you might believe that you are losing your hair, when in actual fact the hair is just thinning. If your hair is thinning but still reasonably dense you may not be suitable for a hair transplant. If the hair is dense there may not be enough space to insert the donor hairs and the transplant will not work.

If you would like more information on hair loss, and our hair loss treatment please feel free to contact us, we can then provide you with information specific to your case.

 

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