What To Know Before A Hair Transplant
If you are a man or woman suffering from hair loss, you might be considering a hair transplant to restore the hair that is gone.
Hair loss is most commonly caused by androgenetic alopecia, or male/female pattern baldness. Everyone responds top their hair loss in a different way. Some guys like Vin Diesel or Jason Statham have made a bad boy persona based on being bald. But this doesn’t work for everyone, and sometimes a hair transplant is necessary.
The reasons that a patient may be seeking a hair transplant are very important when deciding what the best hair restoration plan is for that patient. The most common reasons that we hear from patients who are seeking any kind of hair restoration are:
– They don’t want to look and feel older than they are when they look in the mirror at the balding.
– They want to restore self-confidence and not always feel like everyone is looking at the baldness.
Having advanced hair loss can be a very significant event in a person’s life. It can affect their work, home life, self-esteem, and even motivation.
It is necessary to make sure that expectations are clear between the doctor and patient before moving forward with any hair restoration plan.
Some factors that are key in a hair restoration plan are as follows:
Age: If you are starting to be affected by advanced hair loss at an early age, it is very important to set realistic goals of what can be achieved. It is also even more important to start a hair restoration plan immediately that includes steps to slow down the hair loss. Strategy is very important when planning a hair transplant for someone who is losing hair early.
Pattern Of Hair Loss: Most hair loss follows a similar pattern. By assessing the pattern to date, it is possible to evaluate what can be expected in the future.
Family history Of Hair Loss: Determining what other family members may be affected by hair loss can sometimes also be a factor in trying to assess the pattern and rate of hair loss in a patient.
Characteristics Of The Hair Strand: A thick, coarse, and curly hair will take up more room in an area then fine, straight hair will. So assessing the quality of the donor hair is a very important part of assessing the amount of grafts necessary. It also plays a role in how the hairs will be placed and positioned in the recipient area.
Medical History And Health: Low iron or thyroid can play a part in hair loss. Skin diseases such as eczema and dermatitis will also affect a successful hair transplant. It is important to let your doctor know any previous medical conditions that you may have.
Prior Hair Loss Treatments: Most people with hair loss have tried a few different things to try and stop losing hair. Some have even already had a hair transplant or two. It is important that the doctor knows everything that has been done in the past and how it worked so that those things can be taken into consideration when developing a hair restoration plan.
Cost And Budget: The investment in a hair transplant is considerable. It is very important to be upfront about your financial capabilities when discussing options with your doctor. If money is an issue, it is still very important to set up some form of hair restoration plan that fits into your budget.