When is Hair Transplant Surgery not a suitable Solution for Patients?

Hair restoration or transplant surgery can be a life-changing experience in that it can enhance the patient’s appearance and improve their self-esteem. However, the person must have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Unfortunately, not everyone who could benefit from this procedure is a good candidate for it. If you’ve been considering this, it’s imperative that you consult with a hair transplant surgeon first to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure or not.

While there are several factors that must be considered, if any of the following apply to you, you’re probably not a suitable candidate for the procedure:

Individuals experiencing extensive hair loss – in cases where a patient’s hair loss has been extensive, there usually aren’t enough donor hair follicles available for the transplant procedure. Furthermore, most individuals fail to realize that hair will grow in the donor area after the follicles have been harvested and transplanted in the balding area. Consequently, the amount of donor follicles may be limited and over-harvesting will lead to extensive thinning.

Individuals suffering with chronic Telogen effluvium or diffuse hair loss – this is a condition that involves an increased hair fall rate and eventually a thinning over the entire scalp area. Consequently, there is no follicle loss even though the hair appears to be thinning. Furthermore, there are a number of underlying factors that contribute to diffuse hair loss including a lack of certain nutrients, the side effects of anemia or thyroid conditions, and stress.

Individuals who’ve been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata – this is an autoimmune skin condition that causes a person to lose hair on their face and scalp as well as other areas of their body. It is commonly referred to as “spot baldness” and can affect the entire body. Although most individuals who suffer with this condition are usually healthy otherwise, it can lead to psychological stress in some cases. The condition affects up to 7 million Americans and is not restricted to age, ethnicity, or gender.

Individuals with thinning yet extensively dense hair – such individuals don’t make good candidates either because there won’t be enough room for the donor follicles. In this case, there is an elevated risk of the neighboring follicles getting “pushed out” and thereby cancelling any gain. Additionally, having thick hair blended in with thinning hair is extremely odd from a cosmetic standpoint. Consequently, these individuals as well as the three prior groups are not suitable candidates for hair transplantation.