A hair transplant lasts a lifetime. Thus, it is paramount to weigh the pros and any possible cons carefully, to take your time when selecting what technique will best suit your needs, to be prudent in your search for the right surgeon, and to seriously consider the long-term affects a hair transplant surgery will have. The major factors to consider include:
Age/stage of hair lossFinancial wellnessPhysical/psychological healthRepair
Age and Stage of Baldness
It is important to be the right age or at a mature stage of hair loss. In fact, it is so important that with rare exception will a surgeon operate on anyone under the age of 24. Some surgeons have even higher age prerequisites, with the cutoff into the 30's. This is because they know that hair loss is progressive, and often at a pace that spans several years. A man whose hair loss begins at the age of twenty might not see the end of it for 10 years or more.
The timing of hair transplant can be tricky. Prospective recipients must be patient in waiting for the right time, for when the surgery will be most worthwhile. Those who undergo surgery prematurely often end up with deformed hairlines and a "halo" effect at the crown that looks like a bull's-eye. If you choose to undergo hair transplant early and find a surgeon who will operate, you must also accept the probability that you will need a second surgery in the future.
Hair transplant surgery is costly. More advanced techniques, and wider known surgeons are typically the most expensive. While it is important to have the financial backing for a hair restoration surgery, it is also imperative not to compromise what's best for you long-term. To achieve financial wellness, save as much as you can from your earnings and maintain a high credit score in order to qualify for a low-interest loan.
A major prerequisite for hair transplant is being in good overall health. Stress, poor diet, bad circulation, drug use, and sleep deprivation are some unhealthy things that can exacerbate hair loss. If you have male pattern baldness and want to make the best of your hair transplant, you'll want to do away with any additional factors contributing to your baldness. Furthermore, hair restoration surgery is not possible for anyone who is allergic to anesthesia, has a history of blood clotting disorders, or has a tendency to keloid during the healing process.
Being in a healthy mental state is also important, as there is a montage of emotions that accompany baldness and surgical correction of baldness.
Hair Transplant Repair
This is an additional transplant to correct a previous one that bore subpar results. It is often the case for people who:
Underwent an outdated hair transplant procedure years priorHad surgery prematurelyHave severe linear scarringNeed hairline refinementWant more density
No one wants to undergo two hair transplant procedures. Luckily, all of the above are avoidable, for the most part. Securing the first three of the factors to consider-a mature stage of hair loss, financial soundness, and good health-will help reduce the chance of needing a repair surgery.
Written by: Alanna Brown, DermHair Clinic content writer
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