A hair transplant candidate. This is a very pertinent question! Can just anybody have a hair transplant?
The answer is not quite that simple. You have been experiencing hair loss. Maybe having spent hours researching. Trying to decide whether or not to see a surgeon about a hair restoration procedure. You may have been arranging finances and finding out everything there is to know. Only to discover at a consultation the surgeon doesn’t think you’re a suitable candidate. This can feel disappointing and frustrating to say the least. But bare in mind that there must be a good reason why a surgeon would come to this conclusion. The Hair Dr is a surgeon led clinic. As a result, we feel it important to give each individual the best possible advice. Regardless if at our Dewsbury health centre or Harley Street, London clinic.
There are a number of factors that determine your eligibility for a hair transplant. Your age, the degree of hair loss and thinning, and the causes of your hair loss. These are just some of the factors that doctors will consider before deciding if you’re a good hair transplant candidate.
If you’re not eligible for a hair transplant it’s important not to be disheartened. There are a range of treatments and therapies available. Ways that can make your hair look thicker, healthier and stronger.
The surgeon is just doing his job
A responsible doctor will always check that you are suitable for a hair transplant before committing to a procedure. If you choose a reputable surgeon you can feel confident that they have your best interests at heart. The Hair Dr will be open regarding whether an individual is a good hair transplant candidate. An assessment will start with a scalp analysis using a Dermatoscopy.
What are your expectations?
During your assessment the doctor may decide that you have unrealistic expectations. Specifically, what can be achieved. Maybe also, that you are not yet fully committed to what is a big emotional undertaking. Your clinician has to make a responsible decision. Which has to be in the best interests in mind.
Hair transplants are only suitable for people who have been losing hair for some years. Ideally with an established pattern of baldness. If your hair loss is due to stress for example, your surgeon is likely to decide that a hair transplant is not right for you. Stress-related hair loss is something that is not likely to be permanent. In some cases, the surgeon may encourage you to take medication. Especially if you have a family history of extensive hair loss. Medication such as DHT blockers can be used to stabilise the hair loss cycle. Also, help prevent further hair loss and island formation post hair transplant.
Do you have enough donor hair?
In order to carry out a successful hair transplant, there must have enough healthy hair. Situated around the back and sides of your head. The natural hair characteristics also need to be assessed. Aspects such as hair colour, coarseness and curl of the hair. If the donor hair is insufficient or the hair loss too advanced you may be rejected for hair transplant. This is a relatively simple assessment to be made. The Clinic will have the responsibility to ensure as much as they can the decision is made on good hair characteristics.
The Hair Dr also specialises in beard to head and body to head transplant procedures. But, only available for the right candidates. Beard and body hair can be used to provide density in the vertex and crown areas especially. To have a successful hair transplant you will need enough scalp donor hair to reinforce the hairline and temples.
At the Hair Dr Clinic, we take our time to assess whether you would be a good candidate for a transplant. If not, there may be other options open to you. Why not get in touch to find out more?
Non-surgical options to make your hair look thicker.
If you have been advised that you are not a good candidate for hair transplant there are some non-surgical options. These can be discussed at your consultation with the Hair Dr clinic. Male and female pattern hair loss is a genetic problem. As a result, can leave you feeling helpless. Options, such as prescription drugs can be effective. Most if not all carry the potential for side effects. Now at the Hair Dr, there is an affordable way for you to improve your hair density without surgery or harmful side effects.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP for hair restoration involves a simple injection of your own platelets into the vascular layer of your scalp. This quick injection involves the collection and concentration of your body’s own platelets using. A very simple three-step process.
- 1 – Approximately 60cc of your blood is collected, placed in a centrifuge and spun for around 15 minutes.
- 2 – When the centrifuge has stopped spinning, the blood components, including the concentrated platelets, will have been separated from the normal whole blood.
- 3 – The Platelet-Rich Plasma that contains abundant growth factors is then injected into the scalp where the hair thinning is present.
Low-level laser therapy
Our low-level laser therapy (LLLT) device is a non- surgical options that has been proven to prevent further hair loss and promote hair regrowth in both females and males who battle hair loss. LLLT for hair has been demonstrated to increase cell metabolism and the health of blood vessels in the scalp for thicker, healthier and more resilient hair shafts.
Scalp Micropigmentation SMP
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is an affordable, clinically proven, non-surgical procedure that replicates the look of natural hair follicles on the scalp. It can also be used to restore hairlines, cover scars and add density to thinning hair. Proving highly popular around the world as an immediate solution to hair loss. SMP produces the most realistic look of a stylish, closely buzzed haircut as possible. Regardless of skin type, the type or extent of hair loss, medical condition or presence of scarring.