Did you know that by the age of 35 nearly two-thirds of men will have some degree of hair loss? That number jumps to about 85% after the age of 50. Not only do men suffer from hair loss but nearly half of the number of hair loss sufferers in the United States are women. It is no shock that there are many people out there looking at hair transplant surgery or other hair restoration methods that work.
As much as we would love to say that a hair transplant is a good idea for everyone, the truth is it isn’t. There are many considerations that you have to go through and it is why finding a qualified hair transplant surgeon like Dr. Robin Unger, is important. Read on to see the qualifications.
The Ideal Candidate is Between 25-65
There are no strict limits on what age you can get a hair transplant procedure. However, the ideal candidate is between the ages of 25 and 65. Patients younger than 25 can still experience premature hair loss but there is always the chance that something might change once they get older. On the opposite end of that, there is the chance that patients over 65 have very little hair left to transplant, and they don’t qualify for a transplant.
Your Type of Hair Loss
Not all types of hair loss are the same. The best candidates for hair transplatin are those who suffer from pattern baldness. This is normally a genetic condition that only affects parts of the scalp. This leaves good areas for donor hair that can be extracted and moved to the recipient area. Those who suffer from alopecia or other types of air loss will have poor hair follicles and a transplant often wouldn’t help them.
How Healthy You Are
Hair transplantation is still a surgical procedure, even if you go with the less invasive option. A good immune system is going to help you reduce the risk of complications and can often help you heal more quickly. This doesn’t mean that if you have a long-term health condition that you shouldn’t consider hair transplant surgery but it does mean you need to talk to your doctor. Taking blood thinners for example may affect results, and can cause extreme bleeding.
Your Hair Type
Your hair type is also a factor when deciding if hair transplantation is the right choice for you. For robotic hair transplantation, the hair must be thick, so more area is covered. In the case of robotics again curly hair might not work. The direction the hair grows is important and curly hair is difficult to see. Very light hair is also harder to detect. Talk to your doctor about your options if you have these hair types and they can find a solution for you.