How do I know if I am a good candidate for hair transplant surgery?
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Candidacy for a hair transplant varies from patient to patient. The first step, and the most important, is receiving a consultation from a specialist. They will typically assess your current hair loss and its rate, family history, personal health, type of hair, and other factors.
One of the most intrinsic elements of a consultation is evaluating donor hair availability. Hair transplants, properly implemented, adds the appearance of thicker hair but, in fact, is actually the relocation of hair from one area of the head to the other. Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), is the sole exception; with the addition of ACell, 30% to 40% of CIT® extractions regenerate, the equivalent of 300 to 400 new hairs for every 1000 single extractions. This significant yield happens in donor sites, so the increase in density is often unapparent. However, it is ideal for patients with limited donor hair as such regeneration increases their overall supply for future procedures.
Patients with a low hair donor supply do have options. Body Hair Transplantation (BHT) is an emerging method that combines regular FUE, or CIT® in Forhair's case, with body hair extractions. BHT absolutely requires a skilled surgeon that effectively blends body hair grafts with head hair grafts. Head hair grafts will always encompass the hairline, where texture is most noticeable, while body hair transplants enhances overall coverage. Done successfully, head hair grafts obfuscates the coarser, often shorter body hair behind the hairline. Dr. Woods, the pioneer of BHT, claims to have noticed body hair transplants take on characteristics of head hair with time. However, such changes vary by patient. BHT results can be exceptional, but not every candidate is right for it. Responsible specialists always conduct a test procedure on each patient before committing to this transplant type.
There are other factors that influence one's candidacy for a successful transplant. Personal health can be a major factor, as can the reasons for hair loss and the hair type. Curly and very curly hair sometimes easily transect, or become irrevocably damaged, due to the curly hair follicle's shape; one reason why, like BHT, we often have patients with very curly hair undergo a test procedure. Forhair, unlike most clinics, will never commit to a procedure if the patient is a bad candidate. Doing so compromises the interests of the patient and the integrity of the clinic. At Forhair we believe every patient deserves the best results possible and sometimes that means acknowledging a procedure is likely more a hazard than a boon. Schedule a consultation today to learn if you are a good candidate for hair transplantation.
The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for hair transplantation is to have a consultation with a hair restoration surgeon. Generally, those who are very young (in their teens or early twenties) are not good candidates because it is difficult to predict how far their hair loss will progress. Other factors that a physician may consider in deciding whether you are a good candidate include donor supply, the extent of your current hair loss, family history of hair loss, personal hair characteristics and whether or not you have realistic expectations.