If you are thinking about undergoing hair transplant surgery, there are many factors you should consider before making a decision. Hair transplants can provide transformative results but are a lifelong commitment and not everyone is a good candidate for them. If you are experiencing hair loss, read on to determine if hair transplants are the right move for you to restore your thinning hair.
Realistic Expectations Are Important
An ideal candidate for hair transplants should have realistic expectations about results and the future of their hair loss. Hair transplants can dramatically restore thinning hair but will not stop hair loss or even slow it down. In order to make a difference in future hair loss, hair transplant patients should be prepared to continually use medication to maintain their hair. Future treatments and even hair transplants may be necessary to maintain results going forward. Patients should understand that hair transplants are not a cure for hair loss and other methods need to be pursued to prevent future hair loss.
Candidates Should Have Stabilized Hair Loss
Hair loss tends to be associated with middle-aged men; however, thinning hair can be evident much earlier for some people. If you are experiencing hair loss at an early age, you may be tempted to pursue hair transplants right away due to the heightened social stigma. However, because final balding patterns typically are not evident until after the age of 25, receiving hair transplants too early on could result in an unnatural appearance. Transplanted hair harvested from donor sites along the back and sides of the scalp tend to be affected by natural hair loss and will remain even as you continue to lose hair, potentially creating an undesirable hair pattern.
In addition to stabilized hair loss, hair transplant patients should have a viable amount of donor hair along the back and sides of the scalp to provide an adequate amount of healthy follicles for harvesting.
Hair Transplants Should Be a Last Resort
Candidates interested in hair transplants will ideally have explored other options before deciding on receiving hair transplant surgery. Medicated products including Propecia and Rogaine are capable of slowing down hair loss or encouraging new hair growth. These medications will need to be used continuously for sustained results and patients should be prepared to make lasting commitments to the health of their hair before considering hair transplants.
Even after undergoing hair transplant surgery, the use of Propecia and Rogaine is highly recommended to slow hair loss and maintain results. Dr. Lupanzula recommends the use of medication to all of his patients to avoid the need for additional hair transplants in the future as the inevitability of continued hair loss affects the results of hair transplant surgery. If patients are not prepared to use hair loss medications prior to undergoing hair transplants, they are likely not prepared for the continuous attention needed to retain their new hair.
If you have questions about hair loss or are wondering if you are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery, call Medikemos Hair Transplantation Clinic today at 44 20 7129 1227 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lupanzula.