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Commercials and advertisements for hair transplants often make it appear that all people are great candidates for a hair transplants, but that's not necessarily the case. While each person should be evaluated on an individual basis, these are the general rules of thumb for the best candiates who can most benefit from surgical hair restoration.

AGE

Young patients (18-25) are usually not good candidates because they have recent hair loss which most likely will progress further. Having a hair transplant so early can result in the incorrect distribution of a finite amount of donor hair because the doctor has no way of knowing exactly how severe the future hair loss will be. This can result in the person being dissatisfied with the results in the future. Recent hair loss is best addressed through drug therapies like Rogaine and Propecia.

SEX

Hair loss in men and women is usually different in appearance. Men have localized areas of thinning, while women have a diffuse thinning throughout their entire head. Most men are good candidates except for those with diffuse type thinning. Most women are not good candidates if they have diffuse thinning but some women do have localized areas of loss which do make them good candidates.

EXTENT OF HAIR LOSS

The more stablized the hair loss, the easier it is for the doctor to put grafts into the right areas. Recent hair loss is best treated with drugs like Rogaine and Propecia. Men who are Norwood 1 or 2 on the Norwood hair loss scale should not be having a hair transplant.

HAIR TYPE

The thicker and coarser your hair, the more density it will have and the betters results you will have from a transplant. Wavy hair because it has more body, gives a more dense appearance than straight hair.

DENSITY

Density is defined as the number of hairs per unit of surface area and as may be expected, the higher the density, the more hair available for transplantation.

RACE

Asians typically have hair that is very straight and has less follicular density than Caucasians. Asian patients should consult with doctors who have had experience with Asian hair.

Blacks have curly coarse hair which is advantageous to hair transplantation, they also have darker skin so the transplanted hairs are not contrasted against much lighter skin so the appearance is much better. On the negative side blacks tend to have keloid scarring so they have a greater chance of having more noticeable donor scars

Caucasians have a wide range of hair and skin types and the people who have the best results are those with coarser, denser hair and whose skin color is similar to their hair color. The less the contrast between the two, the better the results will be.

SCALP LAXITY

The looser the scalp, the more donor hair that can be removed and the less chances there is of scarring. Doctors check scalp laxity before operating which will indicate how much donor hair can be removed. People with tight scalps should look into the new types of donor harvesting like the Woods Technique which does not require that donor tissue is removed.

 

 
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