A hair transplant can lead to very positive results for those who are eligible for one, but the stage and extent of your personal hair loss is what will determine the best solutions for you.
In this article our aim is to shed some light on when someone might not reap any benefits from seeing a hair transplant specialist and what you can do if that’s the case.
First though, let’s quickly remind ourselves of what a hair transplant involves.
What’s a FUE hair transplant?
In order to move healthy hair follicles from a donor area and transfer them onto a bald area we use a method known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
To avoid any risk of visible linear scarring, and to cause as little tissue trauma as possible, an advanced punch device is used.
Thanks to it, whole follicles can be fully extracted along with all-important components such as the glands.
FUE only requires the use of a local anaesthetic so you can go home after the procedure with natural, permanent results.
Who is unsuitable for a hair transplant?
First and foremost, patients with a full head of hair are most likely going to be unsuitable for a hair transplant. These procedures are most suitable for patients suffering from Androgenic Alopecia (Female or Male Pattern Baldness) who are balding, bald, or have an exposed scalp.
On the other hand, there isn’t much that can be done for patients with poor donor areas. Depending on the case, we at The Private Clinic are able to use body hair if the back of the head offers a limited supply. A consultation with a hair transplant specialist will allow them to advise you on the best course of action.
Patients who are experiencing sporadic hair loss will have to go through a stabilisation period before they can be considered as eligible candidates for the procedure. It usually takes six to nine months for your hair loss to stabilise and progress in a discernable pattern.
It’s also pretty important for you to manage your expectations. If you have a poor donor area, then it’s unrealistic to expect that you’ll come out of a hair transplant procedure with a lowered hairline or a full head of hair. Whatever the reason, you won’t be eligible for the procedure if your expectations can’t be met.
Finally, at the risk of sounding repetitive, only those who have experienced a significant amount of hair loss and have visible patches of scalp are eligible for hair transplants.
Now, if you think one of the above scenarios might apply to you – don’t despair yet!
I am not eligible for a transplant… what do I do now?
Keep in mind that when it comes to hair, there is more than one option. In fact your first point of contact regarding any hair-related problems should always be a Trichologist. They study the health of hair and the scalp, meaning that they have the knowledge to try and stop your hair loss.
If you’re in the initial stages of hair loss and (levels 1-2 of the Norwood Hair Loss Scale) then one of our reputable Trichologists will look at your diet, medical history and lifestyle to determine exactly what’s causing your hair loss to then propose a tailored treatment plan.
For those of you suffering from forms of Alopecia other than the Androgenic kind, Trichologists can also help. They can ascertain the kind of Alopecia that you are experiencing and will be able to suggest medication, products, or alternative treatments that will allow for natural, long-lasting results.