Candidacy For Hair Transplantation

Did you know that there are many doctors marketing hair transplants in Michigan who are not trained or qualified in this specific procedure? If you want to have a successful transplant, it is essential that you work with a board-certified Michigan plastic surgeon who specializes in follicular unit extraction and has years of experience performing this treatment. Request a consultation at the top of our website and SurgeonGate will have a Michigan hair transplant specialist reach out to you as soon as possible to discuss your options. 

Hair Transplantation is a surgical technique that extracts follicles from one part of the scalp, the donor site and implants them into a balding area termed the recipient site. Hair follicles that are genetically immune to alopecia such as on the posterior and sides of the scalp are transplanted onto the cap and frontal areas of the patient’s scalp. Hair transplants are also used to restore beard hair in men, eyelashes, chest hair, and eyebrows. 

Determining candidacy

If you request a consultation with us, we will connect you with the top hair transplant surgeon in Michigan according to our strict standards. Within the same day, we will have the surgeon’s staff reach out to you in order to schedule a consultation. During this consultation, you will find out if you are a qualified candidate for hair transplantation and if not, what your options are.

The surgeon will go over your general health and perform a range of tests on your scalp to determine factors such as hair follicle density and hair transplantation potential. In general, most people qualify for hair transplantation, but either way, we want to prepare you as much as possible for your surgery, so its important to know beforehand if you do not qualify for this procedure. 

Before clarifying your doubts about whether you are a good candidate for hair transplantation in Michigan, you must know that in order to have this surgery, you must have stabilized hair loss and be evaluated by a team of specialized physicians. The treatment must be designed according to the goals and condition of each patient.

Your hair surgeon will perform a trichological analysis to evaluate the state of your alopecia, the conditions of your scalp, and the characteristics of your hair and the donor area (the area which will provide the hair to be implanted). Each case must be evaluated objectively to provide the best solution for each patient from a realistic point of view.

In general, if a patient is in good health and has a healthy donor area, the hair transplant will yield good results. However, it is important to keep in mind that not all patients are good candidates. Below are some factors that may affect your eligibility for a hair transplant.

The donor region

An inadequate donor area in terms of hair follicle density and/or extension is the most common reason someone cannot undergo a hair transplant. Having an inadequate donor area implies a small number of donor follicles are available and therefore, there is a lower possibility of covering the balding area. The area from which the follicles are extracted should be larger than the area where they will be implanted. In this way, follicles can be redistributed efficiently and without thinning out the donor region too much.

Age and Gender

Many people wonder when the best age to have a hair transplant is. Patients under 25 are not good candidates for hair transplant surgery since their alopecia is not yet stabilized and will continue to evolve over time. Undergoing a hair transplant at an early age may leave you without enough follicles in your donor area to cover new areas of hair loss that develop later on in your life.

When a person begins to suffer from alopecia, the best option is to begin treatment to stop and stabilize the baldness before performing a hair transplant surgery. Hair transplantation is intended to be a last resort for patients who cannot regrow their hair.

As far as gender, women are often poor candidates for hair transplantation because their pattern of hair loss is very different from that of men when it occurs. Women can often lose hair in a very scattered way and this makes transplantation extremely different. Despite this, there are some women who have female pattern hair loss are great candidates for hair transplantation. Women who are also experiencing hair loss around the hairline can often be treated with hair transplantation. The surgeon will take grafts from the back of the scalp and use them to repair a balding hairline and restore a woman’s natural look.

Men are almost always candidates for hair transplantation, unless they have an inadequate donor area or some type of health problem that contraindicates the intervention, as we discussed earlier.

Candidacy For Hair Transplantation

Types of alopecia

In general, the type of alopecia that is commonly treated using hair transplantation is hereditary alopecia, androgenetic alopecia and those alopecias of traumatic origin such as chemotherapy. The most common is hereditary alopecia, or hair loss that is passed down in your genes. If your father, grandfather, and uncles have a similar hair loss pattern to you, then you can be sure your hair loss is hereditary. 

Hair transplantation cannot treat patients with dermal diseases that affect the hair such as seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. A hair transplant also cannot treat Alopecia Areata, which is characterized by the absence of hair in scattered areas of the scalp. In this condition, affected follicles are surrounded by clumps of lymphocytes that paralyze normal hair development. Because it is an autoimmune condition, performing a hair transplant would trigger the new follicles to be attacked as well. Alopecia Areata is usually treated with corticosteroids or Minoxidil. 

Ethnicity and hair type

An important factor that can affect the results of hair transplantation is the thickness of your hair. Patients with fine hair often need more follicular units than those with thick hair, as people with thick hair have a greater capillary volume. Curly hair also provides a higher density than straight hair.

Patient of Southeast Asian descent often have very smooth hair and lower follicle density than Caucasians, so they typically require a greater number of grafts units to reach their goals.

African Americans and those with very dark skin and hair produce less contrast between their hair and scalp, so the results after surgery are often very satisfying for these patients. However, the downside is that people of color tend to form keloid scars more often, so hair transplantation using the FUT technique is not recommended. 

The ideal hair transplant results are typically seen in people with darker, dense hair and those with similar hair and skin color. The less contrast between the two, the better the results will appear.

General health

Before undergoing a hair transplant, the patient must undergo a series of medical exams to rule out possible issues and confirm that the procedure is feasible for them. In the case that you present severe health disorders in which your doctor feels may affect your results, the procedure will not be carried out. General health is important to the success of a hair transplant. Once new hairs are implanted your body should be able to provide the proper blood blow and nutrients to the follicles so that they can root themselves and begin to grow naturally.

One important factor that can affect results is the laxity of your skin. People with very little elasticity in the occipital area will not be good candidates for hair transplantation using the FUT technique. This is rare and not a major concern for most, as Follicular Unit Extraction is much more common nowadays and does not have this requirement.

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