Age is Just a Number…
There are men in their early 20s who may be good candidates and men in their late 40s who are not good candidates.
Staging in hair loss starts with the Norwood scale. Men in Norwood classes 1-2 are generally not candidates for transplant. Trying to restore the hair line in these patients may lead to islands of grafts as the patient’s hair loss continues. Generally the patient should be a class 3 or higher before considering transplant.
The Norwood scale only gives you part of the answer. There are other factors to consider to be sure you are at the right stage for transplant. After Norwood scale the most important thing to consider is the stability of the hair loss. Many men are taking Propecia and Rogaine so their hair loss may have slowed or even stopped. It is preferable to have the hair loss be stabilized prior to doing a transplant. This will allow us to place the grafts in the best places possible to achieve the most natural results.
Other factors include the desired result and if the patient has realistic goals for the transplant. There is a finite amount of hair that can be moved from the donor side. For those watching the World Cup it’s not possible to go from Michael Bradley to Cristiano Ronaldo. But as you have seen with my hair transplant it is possible to greatly improve the appearance and density of your hair.
All of these factors are taken into account during your free consultation. We strive to provide the patient with the best advice rather than just get patients in and out. If you are not a good candidate we will tell you so. But if you are a good candidate we can help you restore your hair and give you natural result.
About the Author – Dr. Adam Saad, MD, FACS
Dr. Adam Saad is double board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
A New Jersey native, Dr. Saad received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. He graduated from Rutgers with honors and was a member of the Golden Key national honor society. He attended medical school at Drexel University where he became involved in multiple research projects and in improving surgical education.