When we talk about surgical means of hair restoration, we literally mean hair transplant. A hair transplant is a procedure where an experienced surgeon harvests fine hair follicles from one part of the scalp or from the body regions such as the beard and the chest.
These hair follicles are then implanted in the bald region of the scalp to restore a patient’s hair. There are basically two techniques of hair transplantation and they include; FUT ‘Follicular Unit Transplantation’ & FUE ‘Follicular Unit Extraction’
Aspects That Must Be Followed Before Your Surgery
An Evaluation & Your Candidacy
As a patient, you must consult an experienced hair transplant surgeon for an evaluation before your surgery. In this case, the surgeon will determine the extent of hair loss or what we refer to as the baldness level. He will determine the number of hair follicles required to restore your hair.
Above all, he will plan your surgery accordingly. The surgeon may provide several measures or guidelines to follow as you prepare for your surgery.
Your Type of Hair Loss ‘Baldness’
Most patients undergo a hair transplant due to male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. However, a patient may also undergo a hair transplant due to other hair loss cases such as alopecia areata and Trichotillomania.
Any hair loss type requires a thorough evaluation to help a patient obtain optimal results.
Candidacy As Per Age
A hair transplant surgery is an excellent option of hair restoration for patients aged 30 and above. However, the procedure can also be utilized to help those below the age of 30 years restore their hair.
In this case, a patient and his surgeon will have to evaluate every aspect of hair restoration in order to facilitate a hair transplant now, without compromising with the future hair transplant needs.
A hair transplant is a surgery and just like any other surgery, a patient must be healthy before undergoing the procedure. In case required, a surgeon may postpone your surgery as you obtain treatment for a particular disease.
Some health issues may only require a patient to follow the measures provided to prevent the would-be complications.
A Hair Transplant in Rare Cases
Not all hair loss cases require a hair transplant, but in a few rare cases, a surgeon may choose to conduct one. These include alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disorder.
This is generally because of the increased possibility of hair loss even after the surgery. Most surgeons who conduct a hair transplant surgery on alopecia areata patients must have previously ascertained the maturity of the hair loss and the possible outcomes.
The Hair Transplant Cost Aspect
A hair transplant is generally a costly procedure, but quite affordable. The procedure will generally cost you depending on the level or degree of hair loss, the hair transplant technique to be utilized, the sessions required, and any additional treatments.
All in all, it is advisable that a patient undergoes a thorough evaluation before the procedure. Consult an experienced surgeon to help you plan your surgery accordingly.