Hair Transplant Consultation

Hair Transplant Consultation

Hair transplant surgery relies on being able to redistribute donor hair from one area to another; a diagnosis must take place to ensure there is a plentiful resource to make this viable. Although hair transplant surgery is considered to be a minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthetic it is still a medical procedure and the patient must undergo a medical assessment to determine their suitability before making the decision to proceed.

The Technical Appraisal Is an Important Aspect to the Consultation Process

Donor follicular unit density per cm²

Average number of hairs per Follicular Unit (FU)

Donor Surface Area measurement

Hair Characteristics

Calculation of any miniaturisation

Scalp Laxity

Assessment of graft numbers available and required

Hairline & Temple Point design

A combination of all these factors will help to build a picture of the hair restoration plan, but one important factor is the follicular unit (FU) density.

The donor hair density will ultimately determine your suitability for a hair transplant; it is measured by the number of natural follicular units per cm². Density can vary from genre and hair characteristics; there must be a minimum density value to make a hair transplant viable as the donor is a finite resource. Donor hair density can start as low as 50 FU cm² to over 100 cm², with an average donor density around 75 FUcm².

The density of the donor is measured from each side of the head and back, a band of hair in what is considered to be the safe zone and unaffected by androgenic alopecia. The sides commonly will have a slightly lower density of hair compared to the back or occipital area.

Although this is not an exhaustive list of an appraisal this and more can determine the best approach and whether you are a good or poor hair transplant candidate.

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