Hair loss is a difficult thing to encounter, especially for younger patients who have a genetic predisposition to early hair loss in their 20s and 30s, or female patients desiring long, luscious hair. As part of the growing cosmetic treatments in the medical field, hair restoration is a viable method recommended for patients wishing to achieve a fuller head of hair.
Board certified hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Raymond Konier uses several different surgical hair loss solutions at his Chicago, IL practice, including the advanced trichophytic closure technique that offers minimal scarring. This method requires a high level of skill to deliver optimal results. Not all patients are good candidates for this procedure, due to the nature of the procedure. Below we discuss who makes the best trichophytic closure candidates to determine if you are a suitable candidate.
Suitable Supply of Hair
Hair loss surgery is beneficial for patients who have thinning hair or hairline recession. However, to qualify for this surgery, you must have a sufficient supply of donor hair that can be used to enhance regrowth.
During the trichophytic closure procedure, hair is taken from another area of your scalp and reapplied to the thinning location. This technique differs from other forms of hair loss surgeries, in that the angle of the incision is made smaller, so that shorter hairstyles can be worn without drawing attention to the fact that you had hair restoration performed. This technique also results in a tighter surgical bond so that hair grows back through the scar and on either side of the incision.
Good Physical Health
Before undergoing surgery, it is imperative that patients be in good physical health. Anyone who has a preexisting medical condition that could cause surgical or healing complications may not qualify for this procedure. Dr. Konier will perform a full examination during the initial consultation, carefully reviewing the patient’s current health and past medical history to make sure he or she is healthy enough to endure hair restoration.
Sufficient Scalp Laxity
Because hair restoration requires scalp-stretching exercises, the patient’s scalp must have a healthy balance of laxity. Too much can result in a larger scar, too little could result in prolonged scalp tightness. Both can result in less than desirable results. Before the procedure is performed, Dr. Konier will measure the laxity of your scalp through a variety of movements.
Minimal Prior Surgeries
The best candidates for trichophytic closure are patients who have had minimal to no prior hair transplant procedures. Anyone who has more than three hair loss procedures is generally not a good candidate, since this can cause poor laxity and scalp tension.
The Right Age
While permanent hair loss can affect some children and teenagers, hair transplant procedures should only be performed on patients who have fully developed scalps. Performing surgery too soon could cause complications or fail to deliver optimal results. Patients should be at least 18 years old.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are suffering from poor self-confidence as a result of hair loss, speak with one of our doctors about the hair restoration procedures available. To determine if you are a good candidate for trichophytic closure, they will perform a full examination and analysis of your scalp. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation, or give us a call at 630-932-9690.