During the consultations of the specialized clinics in hair transplantation, one of the most frequent questions asked by people, who seek to recover lost hair, concerns the age at which one can undergo a hair graft.
The answer is clear: any person over eighteen, who does not present health problems incompatible with the transplant process or with the medication that will be applied during the post-operative period can undergo a hair graft intervention.
The only thing that candidates are asked for a hair graft is that, in addition to passing a blood test, they have a donor area with dense and quality follicles, since it will be these who end up repopulating their bald spots.
While it is often said that the age range for a hair graft is between 18 and 80 years, it is also true that most specialists recommend candidates to wait until 30 years for undergoing this surgery, given that it is the ideal time to make an analysis of the severity of their alopecia and its consequences, once the hormonal process that causes hair fall is completed.
In many cases, those patients are recommended to wait for alopecia to be reduced in a natural manner while undergoing a double treatment with minoxidil and finasteride to regulate hair fall, minimize its loss and help the regeneration of those follicles that, still damaged, have not died. Once this double treatment of both topical and oral use is finished, the ideal time comes when potential candidates can undergo hair transplantation.
Similarly, surgeons recommend not waiting much longer than 50 years, since in case the intervention is postponed excessively, it can be complicated if there is an excessive advance that affects the quality of the follicles present in the donor area. On the other hand, intervening before the bald areas have extended to almost the entire scalp will prevent the operation from being much more postponed, as happens in those patients who require a total hair graft.
In addition to the prescription medication such as those mentioned above, there are also other treatments that, both alone and in combination with a hair graft, help the regeneration and strengthening of weak follicles that are likely to stop generating new hair.
The most interesting of these is the treatment with stem cells in which a small sample of fat tissue is extracted from the patient to enrich it and, later, apply it on the scalp area where there are problems of baldness.
This stem cell treatment offers results with a 100% success rate when it is combined with the FUE capillary micrograft technique. This procedure consists of extracting follicular units, one by one, with accuracy using precise and small or basic devices that allow both guaranteed results for life and a much shorter and bearable post-operative period for patients who undergo a hair transplant.