Advances have been made in hair loss medications, research is providing hope for many if not all hair loss sufferers that a “miracle cure” maybe around the corner, but until either of these become mainstream and viable options it really leaves a hair transplant to provide growing hair in areas that have lost in the past.
So, is a hair transplant suitable for everyone, will you be happy, why are some people more suited than others, and why are some not suitable at all?
The donor hair supply coupled with the extent of hair loss the candidate is suffering from at the time but also the potential for hair loss in the future must be equated as best as possible.
Obviously, this is harder to determine in the early stages of hair loss, so any design must be in keeping with the limitations of the donor supply and thinking of the future. Some candidates, a few very lucky people have “home run” donor supply, meaning they can treat almost any degree of hair loss, but these candidates should not be seen as average or even very good but the exception to the rule.
Another aspect of making someone a good hair transplant candidate and ultimately very happy can be the person´s expectations and goals, short and long-term; hair loss is an emotive issue the touches people of all ages, there are no boundaries for hair loss, and wanting to regain a good head of hair, it crosses age, wealth, and lifestyle. The temptation is to want to return to a stage before hair loss was obvious, but this is generally not feasible.
The candidate must first have a good understanding and education as to the pros and cons of a hair transplant and the two specific techniques available today, Follicular Unit Transplant and Follicular Unit Extraction, understand their own head of hair and appreciate that sometimes their expectations may have to be diluted a little to what is realistically achievable. This is an important aspect of making a happy hair transplant patient, one who understands the procedure will ultimately be happier and have no regrets with the final result. Those who do not understand can find themselves being unhappy long term because their initial goals cannot be met and either they did not listen to the education they were given or did not receive the information in the first place.
Start Off On The Right Track
Being prepared for a hair transplant is very important, when possible it is obviously better to have a personal consultation first, then the doctor can check your hair characteristics and give a good indication as to what can be achieved. As with any hair transplant, there needs to be an open dialogue between doctor and patient so both understand and agree the goals and the patient is aware that limitations can apply to what can be achieved and how his hair transplant will evolve.
A hair transplant is a technically demanding procedure to perform, it takes time and patience and a lot of skill by the medical team, from the Dr to the technicians. For the patient the procedure can be demanding and hard, larger procedures can last many hours and need the patient to be still for long periods of time.
Making the decision to have surgery is never easy and most people agonise long and hard, for many the post operation is much harder. Once the decision has been made and the operation performed many questions and concerns can come back, will it grow, will it look natural, did I make the correct choice, basically will I be happy?
Now You Have To Play The Waiting Game
Post op is when you as the patient take over responsibility, the clinic or doctor have performed their side, and every good doctor always does their best to perform every procedure to the highest standards.
The months’ post-op can sometimes go very slow, the first weeks of healing, the redness to the skin, waiting for the scar to heal over the months, and waiting for the hair to start growing. The post-op almost goes in stages, the healing process, and then the first growth around 3 months, then 6 months and final result around 12 months; all are milestones and for some, they can forget and for others, it seems like an eternity.
Can effect men and women, there are many forms of hair loss; the hereditary hair loss condition is called androgenic alopecia. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) in men and Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) in women. This form of hair loss is passed down genetically from family members, and there is a predestined potential this gene will be inherited by one or more family members.
Baldness is a medical condition that affects some 25% of men in their 20‟s and an astounding 2/3 of all men after the age of 60. The predilection to hair loss can occur at any time through our adult life, as early as in our teenage years. Hair loss is progressive and although can be slow once it starts it will generally continue normally following the genetic patterning within the family.
Hair loss can have deep psychological effects for both men and women, consciously or subconsciously this can affect confidence, the ability to interact with others easily, and can lead to low self-esteem. The constant reminder of age as you look in the mirror is not helped by the competitive and ever so more image conscious world we live in, the outside influences surrounding go a long way in telling us how we should look and be.
If considering a surgical or non-surgical hair restoration treatment ensure you are prepared to understand the consequences. As the point to improving how you look and have a better-looking head of hair is to increase your happiness in your appearance and self-confidence.