Should you get a hair transplant?

My name is Scott Moore, I have been working in the hair transplant and hair loss industry since 2011.  I was recently asked by a journalist what was the most commonly asked question that I am asked when consulting with a new client in a hair loss consultation.  The most commonly asked question would be:

  • Should I get a hair transplant, or
  • Should you get a hair transplant

The answer to this question, will depend on who you are asking it to?   Although this sounds like a simple YES or NO question, if you are considering whether you should get a hair transplant requires careful consideration and planning.  

When you SHOULD get a hair transplant?

  • To increase the amount of hair you have on your head.
  • Replace hair you have lost due to genetic hair loss.
  • You have been able to prevent & stabilise further hair loss.  Because a hair transplant does not help you to prevent further hair loss.

When you SHOULD NOT get a hair transplant?

  • If you have not been able to prevent & hair transplants prp for hair loss great directions scott moorestabilse further hair loss you should not consider hair transplantation.  Because a hair transplant only replaces the hair you have lost, it will not help you to prevent further hair loss.  If you get a hair transplant before being able to prevent and stabilise your hair loss, the transplanted hair is genetically resistant to DHT, therefore the hair that the transplant is planted in between will continue to thin and experience hair loss.  Therefore, resulting in an uneven and disproportionate result.  We recommend ensuring you can prevent and stabilise further hair loss using either:
    • Finasteride for a minimum 12 continuous months
    • Minoxidil for a minimum 12-18 continuous months
    • PRP for Hair Loss for a minimum 3-6 continuous months
  • If you are wanting to have a hair transplant to thicken your thinning hair.  A Hair Transplant will not thicken your thinning hair, nor will it prevent further thinning from occuring either.
  • If you consider a hair transplant as a permanent hair loss treatment, you should NOT get a hair transplant.  The transplanted hairs are genetically resistant to DHT, however the non-transplanted hair will continue to thin and experience hair loss, therefore a hair transplant is not a permanent hair loss treatment.  
  • If you have dispersed hair loss, I do not recommend that you receive a hair transplant unless you have been able to prevent and stabilise further hair loss for at least 12-18mths.  
  • You should not receive a hair transplant if you are taking blood thinners or if you have any medical conditions that impact the health and functionality of your blood.  Eg. Platelet dysfunction.
  • You should not get a hair transplant if you are wanting to “partially” fill in an area.
  • I don’t recommend a hair transplant if you have naturally thin or fine hair.  
  • You shouldn’t consider a hair transplant because it is cheaper to get a hair transplant instead of PRP for hair loss treatments.  Because a hair transplant is a DIFFERENT hair loss treatment than PRP for Hair Loss.  A Hair Transplant REPLACES hair that has been permanently lost, PRP helps to PREVENT further hair loss and to REGROW your thinning hair thicker and fuller whilst PROMOTING a healthier scalp.   Therefore, to compare a Hair Transplant to PRP for Hair Loss Treatments is not encouraged!

 

We recently surveyed 105 men and women who have had a hair transplant within the last 3 years.

  • 43 of them regret receiving their first hair transplant procedure.hair transplants prp for hair loss great directions scott moore
  • 84 of them said they originally only ever planned to have 1 x hair transplant procedure, however now they realise that they will need at least 1 or 2 more hair transplant procedures.  
  • 85 of them said they did not feel that it was stressed to them the importance of preventing and sustaining further hair loss before AND after receiving a hair transplant.
  • 95 of them said they wished that they had read this article before they had received their first hair transplant procedure.
  • 97 of them are planning to do their second hair transplant procedure inn the next 1-3 years.

 

Of the 105 men and women mentioned above, 43 of them received their hair transplant within the last 12mths.

  • 21 of them received their hair transplant in Australiaprp for hair loss
    • 5 of 21 hair transplant patients were recommended to include
      PRP Treatments before – during and after receiving their hair transplant procedure.  
    • 8 patients who received a hair transplant said their Australian Hair Transplant Surgeon said it was “unproven to offer benefits” and “it was a waste of time”  
    • It is important to point out that the 3 x hair transplant surgeons that dismiss the effectiveness of PRP treatments, 2 of the 3 now offer it at their own clinics.  
  • 22 of them received their hair transplant overseas
    • 19 of the 22 hair transplant patients were recommended to receive PRP treatments before – during and after their hair transplant procedure.
    • The clinic was recommending the client receive PRP treatments AT ANOTHER CLINIC because it was in the best interests of the patient to receive the treatments to ensure a favourable result. 

If you are considering a hair transplant, please consider all of the information ON YOUR OWN before you talk to a hair transplant clinic. 

Scott Moore is the founder of Great Directions Australia.  Great Directions Australia has performed over 8000 Scott Moore Great DirectionsPRP for Hair Loss Treatments and is the first clinic in Australia to achieve this many completed procedures.  Scott Moore has consulted to over 9,000 men and women who are experiencing hair loss and thinning.   Scott Moore has previously worked with and learnt from 6 x hair transplant surgeons, combined these surgeons have completed more than 15,000 hair transplant procedures.   Scott Moore has also been the General Manager of Dr Hair and the National Hair Institute from 2012 to 2014.  This article was written to provide an insight into the level of detail a patient should consider if they are planning a hair transplant procedure.  It does not replace a personalised and consultative assessment. 

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