Restoration surgery appears to be a realistic option regardless of age you start losing your hair. But what if you aren’t a candidate for a hair transplant? Let’s look at some of the circumstances where a patient is not a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. 

1. Temporary Hair Loss 

It’s understandable to be concerned if you’ve lost a significant amount of hair in a short period of time. However, this is frequently the outcome of a medical issue. Once treated, your hair should regrow within a few months. In this circumstance, you are unsuitable for a hair transplant. You only need to wait for the condition to be treated. 

Of course, you’d need to consult a dermatologist to determine the cause of your hair loss. If your hair loss is caused by a permanent disorder such as androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness, they will inspect your scalp. During this time, they will determine if the hair loss is consistent and if you have lost more than 50% of your hair in a specific area of the scalp. They will also assess whether you have any other health conditions that could be affecting your hair loss.

You may get temporary hair loss due to the following:

  • Illnesses (syphilis, HIV, Graves disease, lupus, etc.);
  • Seasonal changes;
  • Stress (pregnancy, hormonal changes, COVID-19, etc);
  • Scalp dryness;
  • Medications (steroid, statin, etc);
  • Chemotherapy and radiation;
  • Weight loss. 

These do not usually result in temporary hair loss. Sometimes, the symptoms can lead to additional conditions that result in permanent hair loss. Alternatively, the continued use of drugs produces irreparable damage. In certain situations, the disease worsens and causes permanent hair loss.

However, to discover if the hair loss is temporary or permanent, you should visit your doctor. If your hair loss is transitory, you are ineligible for a hair transplant because your hair will regrow on its own.

2. Diffuse Hair Loss

While androgenetic alopecia may follow a consistent pattern, this is not always true. It might affect the entire scalp. In this instance, the individual lacks a stable donor area containing hair that is resistant to the effects of the hormone DHT. Even if these hair transplants are successfully transplanted into the scalp, they will eventually miniaturize and cease to grow. As a result, you will be unable to have a successful hair transplant.

Androgenetic alopecia, or diffuse unpatterned hair loss, can affect both men and women. However, it is more frequent for women to experience this type of hair loss. If you have this type of hair loss, a hair transplant is not for you. 

Keep in mind that a patient may have lost more than half of their hair in a specific area of the scalp while still suffering thinning throughout. If this is the case, you may be able to have transplant surgery. In any event, have your dermatologist examine you.

3. Hair Loss With No Stable Pattern

This is especially significant for people who wish to have a hair transplant at a young age. If you’re in your early twenties and have already started losing hair due to pattern baldness, your pattern is not yet “set/stable.” That means it’s unclear which regions of the scalp will be affected by the DHT hormone.

You may have a little bald patch at first, but the surrounding hair will most likely fall out as a result of hormonal changes. So, you must wait until you have clearly defined places on the scalp where DHT will not affect the hair follicles, as these will be used for restoration operations. This means that if you are a young individual with androgenetic alopecia, you are not yet a candidate for a hair transplant.

When you return, the dermatologist will inquire about your hair loss history, including the length of time you’ve been losing hair, the rate at which you’ve been losing it, and how long your hair has been falling out. 

4. Low Donor Hair Density

To have a successful hair transplant, you must have a high hair density in the donor region of your scalp. That is the spot from which the hair will be relocated to the balding regions. For natural balding coverage, you’d need between 50 and 80 grafts per cm2.However, if there is insufficient hair in the donor area to allow for this, you will have low hair density. Not only that but you may be left with permanent bald patches in the donor location where the follicles are extracted. To have a hair transplant, you must have a healthy donor area. 

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