As with most other cosmetic procedures, a hair transplant is not for everyone. Some people will make better candidates than other. Being a fine candidate for a hair transplant procedure most likely means that the outcome will be good and that satisfaction will be met. But by being the best candidate possible, the outcome will be as good as it possibly can be. However, hair transplant surgery is complex and excellent candidacy will depend on many different factors.
While the best candidate for a hair transplant procedure will absolutely depend on the individual opinion of the doctor, it is usually someone not younger than 30 years old. Someone in their thirties, forties or even their fifties can be a very good candidate for a hair transplant. The reason for this is because a more mature client will most likely have an established pattern in which the hair is thinning. This pattern will make it much easier for the doctor to know where to transplant the hairs. When the client is young, the hair loss might just have started and the pattern is unclear. Transplanting hair to a client where the hair loss pattern has not been confirmed can be quite counter productive and result in an unsatisfactory look.
The best candidate for a hair transplant is also someone who has a good sense of reality as well as a generous amount of donor hair. This is important because the doctor can only work with the hair that is available. For instance, if the client has already reached a somewhat high degree of baldness, there is only so much that can be done. What this means is that the outcome of the hair transplant will largely depend on the availability of donor hair. If there is not much donor hair, a fuller look can probably not be achieved. But as long as the client has realistic expectations, the doctor can always try to add hair to the frontal parts of the scalp, such as the hairline.
The ability and willingness to strictly follow pre and post surgery instructions given by the hair transplant doctor, as well as leading a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and avoidance of cigarettes and alcohol will also contribute in being the best candidate possible. This is because following doctor’s orders and being healthy will have a positive impact on the outcome of the hair transplant, and any wounds or scabs will heal up faster.
While only a hair transplant doctor can determine who is truly an excellent candidate for a hair transplant procedure, the above principles should be considered. Going on a consultation at a well respected clinic is the first step for anyone considering a hair transplant. And while a hair transplant is far from cheap, and one year must be allowed in order to see the final results, for someone suffering from hair loss it can be a very positive and life changing event.