In recent years, hair transplants have become increasingly common, with a number of high profile men deciding to undergo the procedure, from film and television stars, to premiership footballers. As a result of so many celebrities looking to fight against the effects of male pattern baldness, more and more men are gaining the confidence to aim for thicker hair as the stigma associated with hair transplants disappears. 
With the development of restoration techniques such as Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extractions (FUE), expert surgeons are able to achieve fantastic, natural looking results and most men can undergo a hair transplant with no problems at all. However, there are a number of factors that can make men good candidates for a hair transplant. 
 
Good health 
 
As with any surgery, any candidate must have a good immune system and be healthy enough to undergo the procedure. In the case of any serious medical conditions, these should always be treated and cured before a hair transplant procedure, as other medical problems increase the risk of complications both during and post-surgery. Patients with health conditions that are chronic or must be controlled by medication should discuss their health with a hair transplant surgeon so that a bespoke treatment plan can be designed. Some medications negatively affect the results of a hair transplant. 
 
 
Candidate’s age 
 
Younger patients are more at risk of their hair loss continuing to progress even after a hair transplant procedure. As a result, they may require multiple hair restoration procedures in the future to ensure that their hair continues to look full and natural. In most cases, patients over the age of 30 make the best candidates as their hair loss pattern is more established, so the results of a hair transplant are more likely to stay looking natural for a longer time. 
 
Lifestyle choices 
 
People that make an effort to live healthily, exercising often, avoiding stress and eating a balanced diet usually make better candidates for a hair transplant. Healthy living patients often find that recovery time is shorter, and the likelihood of infection and swelling is reduced after the procedure. 
 
 
Flexible Scalp 
 
It sounds strange, but a more flexible scalp can make for a better candidate. The looser the skin of your scalp is, the easier it is for a surgeon to insert new follicles from the donor area. 
 
Alopecia 
 
Unfortunately, men that suffer from diffuse patterned and un-patterned alopecia aren’t suitable candidates for hair transplants as their donor supply is not reliable enough. The hair transplant procedure would be unlikely to be successful. 
 
Committed patients 
 
People that are committed to following all aftercare instructions post-surgery make good candidates for a hair transplant. Patients that follow instructions and look after their scalp can hope to keep any discomfort to a minimum and reduce the risks of infection. Once recovery is complete, committed patients are likely to enjoy the results of their hair transplant. 
 
If you would like to learn more about undergoing a hair transplant, you can contact Birmingham Dermatology Clinic by calling 0800 0443917 to arrange a confidential consultation. 
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