Hair loss is a disheartening condition for many people. However, some hair loss is common for most men and women. When should this be a cause for concern then? When it reaches a stage to be called male-pattern or female pattern baldness, it is a serious concern. You will have to consult a doctor first to find out the reason for balding. This diagnosis can help you find out if you are the right person to get the hair transplantation done.
Hair transplantation is done by grafting hair follicles from parts of the body known as donor sites and fixing them in the thinning areas. Your discussion with the doctor can clarify all your doubts and expectations about the hair transplant procedure. A crucial factor to be kept in consideration here is that hair transplantation is done only by using your existing hair. If the donor areas also do not have sufficient hair, it becomes very difficult. Especially in females, the balding pattern is such that it is challenging to find hair at the donor site.
To remove any doubt as to if you are the right person to have a hair transplant, you should first understand why you cannot have the same done. In general terms, it is said that people suffering from intense hair fall for more than 5 years may be suitable candidates.
• If your condition is such that since childhood you are facing a loss of hair, you will not be the right candidate since you need hair in other areas of the scalp for transplantation.
• People with a condition called Haemophilia face difficulty in the clotting of blood. If you are one with such a condition, you may not be suitable for hair restoration. The removal of hair follicles may cause little bleeding and for people with Haemophilia, this could be dangerous.
• Serious health condition like cardiac issues, diabetes, kidney, or liver issues, may be a hindrance to your hair transplant treatment. It is advised to seek a doctor’s consultation prior to starting the treatment.
• If you are someone who will have allergic reactions to anaesthesia, you may not be able to receive the treatment. You will need anaesthesia before starting the session so that you do not feel any pain or discomfort.
• If you have any blood-borne communicable disease, then you may not be able to undergo hair transplantation.
There is another factor called scalp flexibility that is assessed before transplantation. If you have a tight scalp, it would be difficult to remove the hair follicles and transplant them.
Hair density also plays an important role in establishing whether you are the right candidate for a hair transplant. A person with a higher hair density will be the better one for transplant. This is because cosmetic surgeons prefer people with more hair density in the back of the head and the sides. These are good donor sites. The principle of hair transplantation is to graft from denser areas. So, typically people with curly hair expect better output as curls are denser.
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