Am I a Candidate for Hair Transplant?
The decision to have a hair transplant is a deeply personal one. Hair loss impacts everyone differently and the reasons patients decide to have a hair restoration procedure are rarely the same. Not every person with hair loss is a candidate for a hair transplant. Here we try to categorize the conditions where a person is qualified to receive a hair transplant vs. when a hair transplant is not indicated. When hair restoration surgery is not an option, other options could be used such as medical treatments or cosmetic products.
No matter what the reasons are for seeking a hair transplant, there are advanced methods of hair restoration available to give patients the hairline they desire. Once a person decides they want to have a hair transplant, the next step is to make a consultation appointment with a good hair transplant surgeon. The doctor can determine if he or she is a good candidate for a hair restoration procedure after performing a thorough hair loss evaluation.
In general, good candidates for hair transplants include patients who are looking to make a significant change in their appearance and self-image. The following are a list of conditions for patients qualified to receive hair transplantation:
- Typical male pattern baldness (MPB) in both men or women which means the person loses hair in the front, top or crown with a preserved area on the back and sides of the scalp
- High hairline in a woman that makes her face look less proportional or less feminine
- Hair loss secondary to burns or trauma
- Want to change or restore their hairline
- Lack of facial hair or missing part of it
- Loss of eyebrow or eyelash hair
- Scarring in hair bearing areas from trauma or medical procedures such as neurosurgical scars and facelifts
- Want to improve the unnatural appearance of older transplant results by adding density, removing and replacing old and pluggy grafts and redesigning the hairline
Who Is Not A Candidate?
Most people with typical patterned baldness are qualified for a hair transplant procedure. Let’s see who is not a good candidate for a transplant:
- Men and women with Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) where they have thinning hair in the front and the top of the scalp along with hair loss or significant miniaturization in the sides and the back of the head which predict active hair loss in those areas
- Women with typical female patterned hair loss because these patients usually have diffuse hair loss and may not have a good donor area with hair follicles that can be harvested
- Patients with unrealistic expectations such as a person with extensive hair loss and not enough donor supply who still expects to restore a juvenile hairline
- Those with extensive hair loss as they likely don’t have enough hair follicles in their donor area to cover the balding area and have supply and demand mismatch
- Those who have serious, or chronic, medical conditions that are not controlled well with medications such as uncontrolled diabetes or thyroid hormonal imbalance
- Patients with trichotillomania whose psychological disease is not under control will lose transplanted hair as they have lost native hair to start with
- Active cicatricial alopecia sufferers whose hair follicles are destroyed by this destructive inflammatory process
- Active Alopecia Areata
Patients interested in learning more about hair transplants are invited to contact our office to schedule a physician consultation. Once a patient has the proper knowledge about their hair loss, as well as the options they have, he or she can make an informed decision about the next step in their hair restoration journey.