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Self-evaluation checklist: can you benefit from a hair restoration procedure?

June 19, 2019

FUE hair transplantation procedures are the modern approach to hair restoration and are usually favoured by patients to the more traditional strip graft hair transplantation because they leave less obvious scarring and produce a more natural look. When you choose SpaMedica in Toronto for your FUE hair transplantation procedure, individual hair follicles are extracted directly from your donor area—typically the back of the neck—and then moved to your transplant site with a tiny specialized needle. But while advances in hair restoration technology sure have come a long way in recent years, how do you know if you’re a good candidate?

 

Hair Restoration FUE and PRP

 

Candidacy and contraindications: a checklist

 

Do you have enough hair on your head?

 

Usually the follicles at the back and sides of your head are genetically programmed not to lose hair (usually, but not always!). So since a hair transplant involves transferring hair from an area of your scalp unaffected by hair loss to the recipient area, having absolutely no hair on your head, unfortunately, renders you ineligible for a transplant.

 

Do you have genetic or post-traumatic hair loss?

 

Good candidates for a FUE hair transplantation at Toronto’s SpaMedica include both men and women who are experiencing patterned baldness and/or thinning hair as a result of hereditary factors (usually hormones), or trauma.

 

Do you have realistic expectations?

 

It’s very important to go into your FUE hair transplantation procedure with realistic expectations.  Our patients are generally thrilled with the results of their robotic Artas and NeoGraft FUE hair transplantation procedures, but they are also well-selected and realistic. SpaMedica patients typically achieve a graft survival rate of over 85%, a transection rate of less than 4%, as well as a very natural-looking hairline, which is fully customizable with Dr. Mulholland’s expertise.

 

Are you over 25?

 

Although it’s true that would-be patients under 25 years old may already be experiencing thinning or baldness, it’s recommended that you wait until you’re at least 25—once your hairline is more or less set. This way, you can avoid the hassle of coming in for semi-regular FUE follow-up procedures to address your ongoing new hair loss. The older you are, the more predictable your hair patterns will be.

 

Are you in good health?

 

If you are suffering from an autoimmune or inflammatory condition that led to your hair loss, your system will unfortunately not tolerate hair transplant surgery well. If you have open sores, lesions, or cancerous growths in either the donor or recipient sites, this also cancels your candidacy for a hair restoration procedure. Additionally, you cannot be pregnant at the time of a FUE hair transplant.

 

Whether you choose to undergo a FUE hair transplant or another cutting edge hair restoration option such as a PRP hair restoration, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at SpaMedica today to learn more about your fantastic options in the Toronto area!

Dr. Stephen Mulholland
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland
Dr. Stephen Mulholland has been practicing Plastic Surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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