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Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss affects both men and women. Although male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss, balding and thinning on the scalp are also prevalent among women and younger people. If you are concerned about hair loss, whether due to hormonal changes, ageing, or conditions like alopecia, you might consider a hair restoration treatment.

A variety of hair restoration options are available depending on your health, goals, as well as the extent of your hair loss. While hair transplants can be a great solution for some people, others may benefit more from less invasive treatment methods. To achieve the best results, we would first need to establish your suitability for a particular treatment. If you suffer from hair loss, consider these factors to discover the treatment option that’s best for you.

Hair Characteristics

The first thing to consider is the characteristics of the hair. Take, for example, a man who is in good health and has a receding hairline. If he has balding on the top of the head and thicker hair on the sides, he may be a good candidate for a hair transplant. When considering candidates for various hair restoration treatments, we need to consider the following factors:

Hair colour and texture
This can play a large role in the visibility of the scalp beneath the hair. For example, treatment results may be more effective on someone with dark, curly hair than on someone with light, straight hair. This is because it’s harder to see the scalp through the darker tone and textured appearance.

Density of the hair
Density is one of the most important factors when considering treatment. Men and women with good hair density are often good candidates for a hair transplant. This is because hair transplants involve taking grafts from the patient’s own scalp, which are then transferred to the bald area to create the illusion of denser hair. This process cannot be done if there are not enough hair follicles to work with. Therefore, people with low hair density may need to consider other treatment options.

Hair thickness
You will also need to consider the thickness of your hair (meaning, the width of your individual hairs). During a transplant, people with thinner hair may need more grafts to create the desired effect. Whereas, thicker hair is able to conceal the scalp more easily and with fewer hairs.

Factors That Affect Your Suitability

Aside from the condition of your hair, there are other things that can affect your suitability for hair restoration. You should discuss these things with a trained clinician before pursuing treatment.

Age
Although balding and thinning most often appear in people above the age of 30, they can occur in younger people too. Male pattern baldness, alopecia, and other conditions can develop even in young adulthood and progress in the years afterwards. This means future hair loss needs to be taken into account. Your hair restoration specialist will be able to predict future hair loss and determine if you are the right age for a transplant or other treatment.

Health
As with any procedure, having good general health will help the healing process afterwards. Although hair restoration treatments are considered minor procedures, it’s still important to speak to your specialist about your health. This can include discussion about medications, past procedures, and your general medical history.

Expectations
Before your treatment, you should have a discussion with your hair restoration expert about what you hope to achieve. The specialist will develop a tailored treatment plan, explain the procedure, and let you know the likely outcomes. This will help manage your expectations.

Hair Restoration Options

There are a variety of hair loss solutions available, and what is best for one person may not be suitable for the next. Therefore, you should consider all the available options, in conjunction with the advice of your specialist, in order to decide which is best for you. At Flawless Hair Restoration in Melbourne, we offer a number of effective treatments, including:

FUE hair transplants
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) refers to a specialised process of hair transplantationa. The procedure is performed with a sophisticated FUE device that extracts hairs from the scalp one by one. Generally, this occurs on an area of the scalp with better density. Then, the hairs are re-implanted into the balding area to create the impression of denser hair.

PRP therapy
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatment is an increasingly popular way to stimulate hair growth. The clinician takes a blood sample from the patient and uses a specialised device to process the sample. This increases the density of platelets (a health-promoting component) in the blood, triggering healthy blood flow and hair growth.

Oral medications
Oral medications can be a great option for people who are looking for a simple, at-home treatment method. This non-invasive option can successfully improve hair growth as well as prevent further hair loss.

Questions to ask yourself

Effective hair restoration treatment requires careful thought and a lot of research. Here are some questions to help point you in the right direction:

  • What level of balding do I have, and in what areas?
  • How much does the hair loss bother me?
  • Which type of hair restoration treatment do I want?
  • (If you are considering a transplant) Have I exhausted other alternatives? Do I have a healthy area of donor hair?
  • Have I researched the topic of hair restoration thoroughly?
  • Do I have the potential for further hair loss in the future?
  • Have I considered the financial implications?
  • What results am I hoping to achieve?
  • Are these expectations realistic?

You can use these questions as a guide to figure out (a) whether treatment is a good idea for your particular case, and (b) which treatment might be best for you. If you are unsure about your level of hair loss or which treatment would be suitable, a discussion with an experienced specialist will help clarify your options.

Our friendly staff at Flawless Hair Restoration in Melbourne are dedicated to providing personalised patient care. If you are interested in exploring your treatment options, we can help determine if you are a good candidate so that you can achieve the best results possible.