What would prevent me from being able to have a hair transplant?

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When people are suffering from hair loss in many cases they’ll start to worry and look into potential hair loss treatments that might be able to stop their hair loss. A lot of people will almost instantly think about having a hair transplant to help with hair loss. However, it’s important to remember that a hair transplant isn’t the answer for everyone.

Today we’re going over some of the factors that could prevent you from having a hair transplant.


You can start to lose your hair from as young as 18 and for some, it can cause them a lot of concern. However, it is important to know that this doesn’t always mean you need or are ready for a hair transplant. Age is an important factor for us at the Harley Street Hair Clinic, below the age of 30, a man’s hair loss pattern is not always fully established and future hair loss can be unpredictable.

Due to future hair loss being unpredictable it can be difficult to produce a hair transplant that will be future proof. When we plan a hair transplant we always keep future hair loss in mind, which, means if you’re too young it can be difficult to ensure your hair transplant results will last into the future.

A previous bad hair transplant

Sadly, some people might have had a hair transplant procedure in the past that has not gone exactly as they would have hoped. This can happen if you do not get the right kind of hair transplant, or if you focus on getting a cheaper hair transplant.

Sometimes, a hair transplant might not be planned with future hair loss in mind and this could result in a clinic using a larger number of donor hair. Your donor hair is a finite resource and if it isn’t used wisely with enough preserved for future transplants it can mean you’re not a suitable hair transplant candidate. It’s very important to remember that your donor hair is the most important factor of a hair transplant, and the quality of a transplant should always come before the price.

Lack of donor hair

Hair density is a very important factor when it comes to who is and isn’t a good hair transplant candidate. The FUE hair transplant procedure is a fantastic hair restoration procedure, however, it cannot work miracles. In order for a hair transplant to be successful, you need to have a good amount of donor hair, this is the hair that is found at the back and side of the scalp.

In some cases, those who are quite old and have a very low hair density a hair transplant might not be the right option for you. However, other treatment such as advanced tricho pigmentation could help to restore the appearance of a fuller head of hair.

If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for a hair transplant please contact us today for a personalised consultation.

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