For the right candidate, hair restoration surgery can significantly improve
appearance and general sense of well-being. However, not everyone is a good
candidate for the surgery. Those who are must have realistic expectations
before undergoing a hair transplant procedure.
Remember, everyone has a finite amount of donor hair that can be moved to
the thinning areas of the scalp. If that hair isn't used in an efficient manner
the outcome of the procedure might not meet your expectations.
Michele Rosenthal of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has tried every styling trick in the book to make her hair look thicker. She’s grown bangs to provide the illusion of more hair in the front and uses wide headbands to make it look fuller in the back.
She is self-conscious about her hair and over the years it has affected her. On dates, when a man would ask her to let her hair down, she often found herself exclaiming, “Don’t touch the headband!”
Rosenthal has dealt with thinning hair since the age...
Also, surgery should always be your last resort after all attempts to stop
the progression of your hair loss have been exhausted.
If you are under the impression that having small surgeries to "keep up with
your hair loss" is a practical way to address your hair loss issue, you are
mistaken. Patients with a significant amount of hair on their scalps run the
risk of "shock loss" of some or much of their existing hair caused by the
trauma of the surgical procedure.
In some cases this lost hair will not return and you could be left with
thinner hair than before the procedure. This is just one reason why
understanding whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure is so
The best candidates for hair restoration surgery are:
Men who have been losing their hair due to male pattern baldness for more
than five years or who have progressed to class 3 or above on the Norwood Scale.
Men who have realistic expectations and who understand that their hair loss
might continue to progress after surgery, even if they are taking prescription
medication to stop this progression. Some men have to continue these
medications after surgery to retain as much of their hair as possible.
Men who have been balding for many years, whose pattern has stabilized, and
who are interested in adding some hair to provide a more youthful
Men and women who have lost hair due to trauma or burns.
Men and women who have lost hair due to other cosmetic procedures such as
Published on March 1, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association