Before you plan a hair transplant, it is important to consider the factors that can affect your hair restoration planning. Often people seeking hair restoration have unrealistic expectations. Having a complete knowledge about these factors will not only help you to tailor your expectations but also plan your hair restoration well.

Here are some of the more prominent factors

  • Age- Androgenetic alopecia or the male pattern baldness is generally progressive. In younger men it is difficult to predict the extent of baldness he might be having in future. Hence, if you are in your 20s or 30s, it is very difficult to predict how much hair you would lose. Having a transplant at this point of time may not produce desirable result. You may need to undergo corrective transplant again in order to rectify the poor result
  • Pattern of hair loss – Understanding your pattern of baldness is important to have an idea about the availability of the donor area and the extent of the bald patch that shall be needed to be covered
  • Heredity of hair loss - The extent of hair loss may be identified by studying the baldness pattern running in your family. It will help the surgeon to have an estimate of your future baldness and plan the restoration accordingly
  • Characteristics of your hair - The diameter of the hair shaft also known as calibre, the colour of the hair and the scalp, the curliness of the hair are the characteristics that needs to be kept in mind before planning for hair restoration. These characteristics are basically important to retain the aesthetic quotient of your look even after the procedure
  • In-general health – You need to have a good in-general health before you undergo hair transplantation. Since the process involves the use of anaesthesia, you must be tolerant to it. Before you plan the process, talk to you surgeon and provide him with your complete medical history. Decide on the procedure only after your doctor waves the green flag
  • Psychological condition – Believing it or not, many people suffer from self-implemented baldness that comes from their habit of continuously plucking their hair. This is known as the trochotrillomania. People suffering from such type of psychological disorder need to rectify it completely before planning a transplant
  • History of previous transplants- Most men try out self-medications to treat their hair loss before they actually visit an expert. If you too have tried out any other alternatives or medicines for the hair growth, do not forget to mention them to your doctor. List out the things that you have tried and also their outcome before you opt for another attempt. This will help your doctor to plan a better and safer procedure yielding more desirable outcome
  • Cost – Lastly but most importantly, cost of the procedure is another decisive factor for your planning. Have an open discussion with your surgeon about the expenditure