Who is a good candidate for hair transplant?

Hair transplant can achieve better results in appropriate candidates. Some people may not be suitable for a hair transplant, so procedures in such cases will not prove successful, or more precisely they may not produce satisfactory results.

If an unsuitable candidate insists on hair transplant, the doctors should explain them that they should lower their expectations, knowing that they have the equal share of responsibility for any possible failure.

We should note here that no matter how much they insist, we do not perform hair transplants on ineligible candidates on principle.

If you are not a good candidate and still insist on hair transplant, and if a clinic or hospital solely motivated by financial gains agrees to do the operation, the results may make you wish you had never had that operation. It may result in further deterioration in your appearance.

A good candidate should meet the following criteria:

1. The hair loss should be at stage 2 or above based on the Norwood-Hamilton Scale.

2. The heavy hair loss period should be completed or near completion despite every conservation efforts (even if it varies from person to person, the best time for a hair transplant is after the age of 30, because it becomes easier to predict future hair loss after that age)

3. The donor region should yield healthy grafts enough to cover recipient areas. Higher density of hair in the donor region means denser hair in the recipient areas.

In extreme cases like severe hair loss due to trauma, injury, burns, or surgical procedures, people can get a hair transplant without any regard to the criteria above.

Candidates meeting these criteria are generally considered good candidates. Your doctor should explain whether you successfully meet these criteria once he has examined your hair.

Hair transplants achieve better results in certain people meeting the following criteria:

Hair color

In people with matching hair color and scalp color, the results of hair transplant tend to be better. Greater contrast between the color of your hair and your scalp increases the chances of unnatural appearance.

Of course, the contrast between the color of your hair and your scalp is not the sole determinant for the success of the operation.

For example, in people with blonde hair and light colored scalp, hair loss is not visible until significant hair loss has occurred, whereas the combination of dark hair color and light skin tone will make the balding much more noticeable due to the color contrast.

Hair type

If your hair is wavy or curly, it will cover more space and conceal balding areas more efficiently.

For example, Afro-textured hair often appears to have more density.

This type of hair evolved due to an adaptive need among early humans for the protection of the scalp against the extreme exposure to the sun in hot climates.

Thickness of hair strands

One of the most important factors determining appearance in hair loss is the thickness of hair strands. It also plays a key role in the success of the results.

In people with thick hair, the same number of grafts usually can yield more satisfactory results as compared to people with thin hair strands. Because thick hair absorbs the light reflected from the scalp better, which makes balding areas less visible.

In people with thin hair strands, the “balding” becomes more apparent even when they have the same amount of hair because the light reflected from the head skin can reach your eyes more easily.

Scalp flexibility

In general, good scalp flexibility allows easier hair transplant, increasing the success rate of the restoration.

In addition, those who do regular physical exercise, maintain ideal weight, have lower stress levels, and adopt healthy eating habits generally have a better immune system, so their recovery time is shorter and their risk of infection is lower.