Have you thought about when is the best time to get a hair transplant?
The best time to get a hair transplant differs from person to person. It depends a lot on how much hair you’ve already lost. And it might surprise you to learn that there are certain times of year that could be better than others.
By choosing the time and date of your transplant wisely, you might see better results and have an easier recovery time. Find out why, when, and if it really matters.
The best age to get a hair transplant
According to ISHRS statistics, hair transplants are most popular with men aged 30-39 and women aged 40-49. However, many individuals don’t follow this pattern.
Your age is actually less important than how much hair you’ve already lost. If you started thinning or losing your hair to pattern baldness at an early age, you may be more likely to need a hair transplant in your 20s and 30s.
While hair transplants are extremely successful at replacing lost hair, they won’t stop your existing hair from continuing to fall out. So if your hair loss is still ongoing, it’s best to discuss hair loss prevention methods with your trichologist before you opt for a hair transplant.
However, if you leave it too late, you may not have enough donor hair grafts to cover the balding area(s). Find out more about choosing the right time for a hair transplant here.
The best season for a hair transplant
When it comes to the best time to visit a hair transplant clinic, the general opinion is that it’s the warmer months. For one thing, a lot of people visit clinics far from their homes to get the best service, which is much easier in the sun than in the snow.
Summer is also a time when it’s normal to take time off of work and break your routine. If you need to take time off work to let your scalp heal, it’s natural to think of the summer months. And if you’ve got kids, it’s also nice not to have to do the school run whilst you’re recovering.
There are plenty of reasons why the summer seems the ideal time for a transplant. But what do the experts say?
Is summer really the best month for a hair transplant?
While it may be one of the more convenient times to get a hair transplant, summer isn’t the best time of year in terms of healing and recovery.
During summer, we sweat more, which can make the healing process a bit more difficult. To stop the bacteria from your sweat becoming a problem, you might have to clean the area more frequently or avoid activities that could make you sweat. You also have to be careful with sun exposure as you don’t want your healing scalp to be exposed to harmful UV rays.
Summer is also a less convenient time than it may appear. It’s wedding season and holiday season — so you may not be able to hide away at home in the initial healing stages.
Winter is the best time to get a hair transplant
During winter, the colder weather means you won’t sweat so much. Keeping your scalp cleaner will be a whole lot easier.
Our lifestyles also change in winter. Instead of being outdoors, playing sports and sunbathing, you’re more likely to stay inside. This means that your day to day life should be less affected, making the recovery process a whole lot easier! You won’t be craving a swim in the sea or searching for shade at the beach, so healing will be less of a hassle.
By the time summer does arrive, you should be seeing new hair growth too, so you can head out with new confidence!
Choosing the right time for your hair transplant
There are a lot of reasons that might affect when you decide to get your hair transplant. As well as age and season, you might want to consider:
- Upcoming plans — if you have a wedding or a big family holiday coming up, you may want to wait until you afterwards to book in your hair transplant
- Cost — hair transplant costs vary hugely. You need to make sure you have the budget for a quality hair transplant that’s going to give you the best possible results
- Other hair restoration options — a hair transplant isn’t always the best choice for restoring your hair. Speak to a hair transplant consultant to find the right course of action for you
The final decision is completely down to you and, as long as you keep up with the aftercare, the time you choose shouldn’t affect the healing too much. You may have to be a little more careful in the summer, but if that’s the time that suits you then go for it!
Choosing a hair transplant clinic
The most important thing you can do is choose the right surgeon and clinic. Finding someone who’s qualified, experienced, and trusted is the best way to make sure your transplant is a success. They will take all of your lifestyle needs into consideration and let you know the best time and way to proceed with your surgery.
To see how the Wimpole Clinic has helped dozens of people achieve the hair they want, take a look at our hair transplant reviews.
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