Having a hair transplant is a major decision so it is important to learn as much as you can and to consider the options carefully. You will need to think about whether the procedure is right for you and which type of hair transplant is most suitable for your needs.
Will a Hair Transplant Work for You?
- Hair transplants can be used to address a variety of issues. Most transplants are performed on the scalp, but you can also have eyebrow, beard and mustache transplants.
- The procedure can increase the density of thinning hair or cover bald patches. You can have a hair transplant to tackle many different kinds of hair loss, including male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness, alopecia, areata, hormonal problems, skin disorders and scarring or injuries.
Which Hair Transplant Technique is Right for You?
- If you have a problem with hair growth that can be treated by a hair transplant then you will need to consider which type of procedure is right for you.
- The two main options are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUT) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), which use different techniques to obtain the donor follicles.
FUE is a good choice for:
- Treating smaller areas
- Delicate procedures such as eyebrow or mustache transplants
- People who prefer to wear their hair short, as there won’t be any scarring to cover up
- If you do not have enough scalp laxity for the FUT procedure
FUT may be more suitable for:
- Treating larger areas or transplanting more follicles
- Long hair transplants
- When a quicker procedure is preferred
- Patients who are aware that there will be scabbing and scarring after the procedure
Another factor to consider when planning a hair transplant is where the donor hair should be taken from. The best choice is usually to take the graft from the back and sides of the scalp, an area known as the donor zone because of its suitability for transplantation. However, if this isn’t possible then your doctor may recommend a body hair transplant instead.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Hair Transplant?
- Hair transplants can be very successful, but they aren’t the right choice for everyone. It is a very personal decision so you should take some time to consider how you feel about your hair loss and the procedure.
- You will also need to be a suitable candidate for the operation. You must have suitable hair available to transplant and be well enough to undergo the procedure.
- If you have any health issues that could affect the healing process, then it may not be possible to perform a hair transplant. It can also be a good idea to consider non-surgical treatments before having a hair transplant.
The best way to find out if you are a suitable candidate for a hair transplant is to talk to an expert. You can arrange a consultation at the BMC to learn more about the options and to get personalized advice. The doctor will assess your hair loss and check factors such as scalp laxity in order to determine which type of hair transplant will work for you.