Before You Get That Transplant

by: John Frank

Hair transplantation is on of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. The technology has developed to the point where a procedure can be undetectable and quite good. In fact, I have personally performed thousands of transplant procedures with excellent results. Many of my patients have come back for second and even third procedures and the results have been fantastic.

On the other hand, not everybody with hair loss will benefit from having a surgical procedure for treating hair loss. For a number of reasons, you may not be a good candidate and it would not be smart to undergo a transplant. In my experience, often times the most eager candidates are actually the worst candidates. For instance, a young man in his late teens or early twenties may be noticing his hair loss for the first time and is devastated. Due to the aggressive marketing for hair transplantation, he may find himself lured into the procedure anticipating wonderful changes. Unfortunately, this may be the greatest pitfall of hair transplant as the future hair loss is completely unpredictable. While the hair loss may run in the family, one can never known which genetic factors influence the dynamic condition of the hair and scalp.

Another group of people who may inappropriately be led down the primrose path is women who for some reason are experiencing rapid, temporary hair loss. Because each hair actually falls out after several years of growth, it is a very normal process for everybody to lose hair. However, if the hair loss is somewhat synchronized, then temporary hair loss may occur and this “shock” loss may be very unnerving. Again, in this instance, a hair transplant may not be indicated. In fact, a transplant may accelerate the temporary hair loss.

For these reasons and many more, it is very important to have a complete hair and scalp analysis, examination and history. You may not be the best candidate for a transplant. Plus, if you are a good candidate, it may be better to either wait a while until your pattern of loss may be more clearly defined or, it may also be prudent to condition your scalp for several months ahead of time. That way, you will benefit the most from the transplant. After all, we all want happy hair, don’t we!

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