Hair transplant surgery represents the Wild West of hair loss treatments. Since the
procedure is partially invasive and may involve some pain, a large medical bill and
a recovery period, people should be very judicious when they wish to use this path
to getting their hair back.
Do You Need Surgery?
Medical procedures such as surgery are a bit frightening at first because of what
it entails: some pain, some hours inside an operating room and of course, a larger
fee than other treatments.
Nevertheless, many well-to-do people still opt for this direct approach to get their
lives back on track. Often, the cosmetic importance of hair is inflated to the point
that nothing else does matter except one’s hair.
First, you should only get surgery if absolutely nothing works and you find that
your hair is important at least for your profession. Some people are so frightened
of the aspect of going completely bald that they spend thousands of dollars unnecessarily.
Before going to a hair transplant specialist, make sure that you are indeed balding.
Extra hair in the shower drain may not mean anything at all; that’s a fact.
4 Criteria For Surgery
Just like any other medical surgery, there are certain criteria that have to be fulfilled
so that you can be declared as a good candidate for hair transplantation.
1) The first criterion is that you must be suffering from androgen alopecia or male
2) Second, your scalp must contain enough extra hair to fill in the gaps or bald
spots that you so detest. That’s right; if you’re using your own hair, your hair
must be yours to avoid any problems with regrowth. If you don’t have enough hair,
what’s there to transplant, anyway?
3) In case there’s a donor, there’s 3rd criterion that stands in your way. The donor
hair must be as similar as possible to your own skin. For example, white hair is
fit for fair skin while dark brown hair is fit for dark brown skin.
4) The 4th criterion is that the donor must have a high concentration of hair to
donate. Otherwise, the donor would end up bald and you end up with thin stubble.
In addition, your scalp must be flexible and supple enough for the procedure.
If you want to use your own hair, there’s another problem. Clinicians and hair surgeons
prefer that you use thick, coarse hair during the transplantation procedure. Fine
hairs (especially yours) are probably miniaturized already and are already in their
death phase. Thicker hair shafts are more robust and are in still in their reproductive
Persons Who Are Not Good Candidates
If there are persons who are just perfect for hair transplantation, there are of
course people who simply aren’t. Women with thinning hair are often poor candidates
because they tend to have generalized thinning instead of pattern hair loss.
Men who have DUPA or diffuse unpatterned hair loss are also poor candidates for the
same reason stated before. People who have too few hairs per unit area are also not
good candidates for transplantation. The same applies for people who have diseased
hairs and scalps.