If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, chances are you would do just about anything to slow the progress. Products like Rogaine and Propecia can help, but the greatest and most noticeable benefits are seen from a hair transplant procedure.
The transplants of the 70s and 80s that left participants with strange doll-like hair are a thing of the past, with new techniques transferring only a few hairs at a time to create natural hairlines that even barbers can’t tell are manufactured.
We are talking about surgery here, so it is important to research your surgeon carefully and make smart choices about when to go under the knife. But that’s the hardest part. Otherwise, getting a hair transplant can be a lot easier than you think.
We’ll break down the most important things to know about the procedure.
Good Candidates for the Surgery
Both men and women can be good candidates for hair transplant surgery, but they need to meet two qualifications. First, the candidate must have enough healthy hair left on the scalp to be transplanted; and second, the pores on the bald or thinning areas of the scalp need to remain capable of growing hair.
When you have a consultation with a dermatologist, you will discover the answer to both these questions. Your doctor will also recommend a blood test to determine what may be causing the hair loss in the first place. Finally, a small scalp biopsy may be necessary, but it can be done right in the office and is painless.
The results of this exam will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. You might not be able to achieve a full head of hair again, but you can reasonably expect thicker locks.