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When Are You Not Suitable for a Hair Transplant?

A brief description of hair restoration surgery

Hair restoration surgery (also known as a hair transplant) is a procedure whereby a surgeon extracts hair follicles from one area of the body to another. This procedure is most frequently carried out for the condition Male Pattern Hair Loss (hair loss caused by genetics), where follicles are transplanted from the sides of the scalp to thinning areas on the top. Because DHT (the product produced by the body that attacks the hair follicles and causes them to shrink) does not affect hair on the side of the scalp, these transplanted hairs will not be susceptible to the condition.

Elton John BaldWhen are you not suitable for hair restoration surgery?

Before hair transplant surgery is carried out you will need to visit a doctor for a consultation. The doctor will make various considerations to determine whether you are suitable for the procedure.

A person with extensive hair loss is not suitable for hair restoration surgery as there will not be enough donor follicles to cover the balding area. Many people do not realise that hair will no longer grow from the area which the follicle was removed so there is only so much hair that can be removed before the donor area begins to appear visibly thinner.

Elton John Hair TransplantElton John is one of the most famous faces thought to have had a hair transplant. We suspect surgery was limited to his frontal hairline if any surgery was carried out at all. It is most likely he wears a hair replacement system now as it seems unlikely there would have been enough donor hair to replace his whole balding area.

A person with thinning but still reasonably dense hair may not not be suitable for a hair transplant as there is not enough space to insert the new hair. There is a risk that the transplanted hair will pushe out the neighboring hair hence canceling your gain. In addition, the situation of having a thick hair and a thin hair adjacent to each other is cosmetically very odd.

A person with a Diffuse Hair Loss condition will not be suitable.

Hair transplantation should not be performed on a person with Alopecia Areata because this type of hair loss can affect any area of the scalp, therefore even the transplanted hair is subject to attack making the whole procedure pointless. This principle also applies to Pseudopelade and Lichen Planus.

Following surgery are your hair loss worries a thing of the past?

Male Pattern Hair loss is a progressive, on-going condition. A good surgeon considers the future for potential hair transplant patients – will there be donor hair available in the future should the balding areas thin further?

One important factor following a hair transplant is that there are almost always areas of hair still susceptible to hair loss on the top of the head. It is essential that these areas are maintained by using the right preventative hair loss treatments in order to avoid uneven areas of thinning hair or baldness months or years down the line.

It is often recommended by surgeons that men follow one of these pharmaceutical treatment courses for a minimum of six months prior to surgery in order to stabilise shedding, making the hair easier to perform surgery on, as well as allowing for optimum regrowth results, potentially minimising the number of grafts needed.

To enquire about Belgravia’s hair replacement and hair restoration services please message the centre or call us on 020 7730 6666. You can also complete our online diagnostic form for our home-use service.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


1 Comment

7th March, 2013 at 2:02 pm

surendra chawla

very good article for those who want to go for hair transplant. I would like to add one more condition where hair transplant will not work that is scarred scalp such s after burn injury. I get lot of cases of scalp burn and they want hair transplant. I suggest them expander insertion followed by expansion of hair bearing scalp skin and transfer of this skin at scarred site but this also has its limit.

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