Many would say that a hair transplant is a good answer to hair loss problems. This may be true, however before you dive into the surgery there are other things that you should consider first. So when do you think you should get a hair transplant?
Hair transplant is not something that you decide on lightly. This is not like having a weave sown into your hair or choosing the right toupee. Having a hair transplant is an invasive procedure and it deals with a very limited amount of resource (your hair) so you have to consider it after deliberating on it thoroughly
Because this condition is caused by a number of factors such as medications, lifestyle, pre-existing condition (thyroid problems), stress, and hormonal changes, there are also different kinds of treatment available.
If you are taking new or maintenance medications you may want to consult your doctor about this because one of its side effects could lead to baldness. Do not stop any maintenance medication by yourself and without further consult from your physician because this might result to more serious problems.
Your lifestyle could also contribute to hair loss, especially if you are constantly under the barrage of stress. This is what you call stress alopecia and it can be relieved simply by just removing yourself away from the stress. For any pre-existing conditions that are causing your baldness, you need to attend to the primary problem before it can be resolved.
However there is also that kind of hair loss that is caused by DHT or dihydrotestosterone. It starts out when the hormone testosterone, which is present in both males and females (smaller amounts in the latter), is turned into DHT by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. When DHT comes in contact with your hair follicles this is when the bad news starts. DHT can shrink and thin your hair until it sheds and the sites permanently unable to produce any more hair. This phenomenon is what you refer as female or male pattern baldness.
This type, however, can be relieved medications such as Propecia or Rogaine. These are brands that have proven itself to give effective results however you should take it continuously to prevent it from happening again. Some do the comb over to conceal the balding area, but oftentimes with poor aesthetic outcome. Others opt for hair pieces like wigs or hair weaves and extensions.
Hair transplant is a good last resort; however you should also consider the fact that it is invasive and costly. Doctors would also suggest that your hair loss should first be stabilized by medications before going ahead with surgery. They also want to make sure that the process has reached its course.
If you are a teenager experiencing hair loss, hair doctor would suggest that you wait until your late twenties because the condition might still progress. As mentioned earlier you only have very limited resources and prematurely having one will only lessen your donor grafts should you need another procedure later on.
Think it through thoroughly before you finally dive head first into hair transplant surgery. The results will be astounding if you first consider all precautions first.