Deciding to undergo a hair transplant surgery is an excellent step towards restoring your youthful appearance and boosting your confidence.
However, surgical hair restoration is not for everyone. The success of the surgery depends on several important factors, and you must meet all of them to be a good candidate.
If you’re looking for a reliable answer to the question: “Am I suitable for hair transplantation?” then you’ve come to the right place. The medical team at Dr. Emrah Cinik Hair Hospital is here to answer your every burning question. We can help you make the right decision for your needs, but you must have realistic expectations.
For instance, if you have lost almost all of your hair, there might not be enough healthy hair follicles (Grafts) to move to your thinning areas.
If you have thinning hair that is still dense, there might not be enough space for the grafts. Similarly, if you have a nearly full head of hair, the hair transplant procedure may increase the risk of “shock loss” of your natural hair, and that lost hair might not grow back.
You must be realistic about the loss of your hair to ensure you make a sound decision.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA THAT HAVE TO BE MET TO UNDERGO A HAIR TRANSPLANT?
There are many criteria that you need to meet to be eligible for a hair transplant. Here are the most important factors to consider.
HEALTHY HAIR IN YOUR DONOR AREA
During the procedure, your surgeon makes grafts from the hair in your donor areas (the sides and back of your head, and lower beard area for men). The surgeon then inserts those grafts into your recipient areas, that is, areas where you have thinning or no hair.
If there’s not enough (or at all) donor hair to work with, the procedure simply cannot be effective.
Therefore, you must have a good amount of donor hair that your surgeon can move to the thinning areas of the scalp. Your donor hair is finite, so there must be enough of it for the procedure to meet all your expectations.
YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE A SERIOUS ILLNESS
You must be in good health to undergo this procedure. After all, hair transplantation is a surgical procedure.
You may not be eligible for the surgery if you are suffering from a serious illness that weakens your immune system. It’s simply because the risk of complications would be much higher.
For instance, patients with HIV or other long-term medical conditions are more at risk of potential complications during or after the surgery than those in good health.
Certain medications, such as blood thinners, would also make you a bad candidate.
Therefore, your current health and medical history play a big part when checking whether or not you are suitable for hair transplantation. Make sure you openly talk to your chosen surgeon about any medications you may be taking, and any diseases you may be suffering from.
TYPE OF HAIR LOSS
Your type of hair loss is also a deciding factor. For instance, the best candidate for a hair transplant is a patient with male pattern baldness.
That’s because the condition affects only certain parts of your scalp – the crown area of your head, your frontal scalp, or both. Therefore, this condition leaves enough hair in your donor areas (the sides and back of your head) for your surgeon to make healthy hair grafts.
THE AGE FACTOR
Age is also an important factor to consider when thinking about getting a hair transplant. There is no age limit for this surgery, but there is still an age range that makes a candidate best suitable for the surgery.
The best candidate for hair transplantation is between 25 and 65 years of age. If you’re losing your hair while younger than 25, your hair may start growing naturally as you grow older. But if you’re older than 65, your hair may be too thin for the surgery to be effective.
If you have any further questions about hair transplantation and other necessary criteria for qualifying for the procedure, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Dr. Emrah Cinik Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, is here to help you make an informed decision.