Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Many young men in their early twenties struggle with male pattern hair loss. However, conventional hair transplant clinics often reject them as candidates for surgery. This is because they are unclear about the extent of hair loss that is likely to ensue. Patients may or may not have enough head hair grafts. In the event they don’t, conventional clinics would not have a way to adequately cover any large areas of baldness that develop behind the transplanted area. However, despite being in his early twenties, this patient from Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles did manage to experience a successful hair restoration outcome. Instead of choosing general hair transplantation, which only uses head hair, he opted for a Dr.UGraft™ body hair to head procedure. As a result, he was able to defy his odds and benefit from a hair transplant at age 23.
Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles Patient Before His Early 20’s Hair Transplant
This patient started losing his hair at just sixteen years old. He experienced thinning and the recession of his hairline. By age 23, he had reached the Norwood 6 stage of baldness which is considered severe. This level of hair loss caused him to look much older than his real age.
Here are his photos taken right before his Dr.UGraft hair transplant.
Procedure Photos – Dr.UGraft™ Hair Transplant At Early Age
The patient longed to have the type of youthful hairline that most of his male peers have. Dr. Umar designed a new hairline and corresponding temple points based on his existing facial shape and features. He established the goals of achieving:
- a conservative hairline
- more fullness in the frontal areas and parts of the crown.
Borders of new hairline and temples shown on patient before his Dr.UGraft™ hair transplant at age 23.
At the Norwood 6 stage of baldness, the patient did not have enough head donor grafts for a sufficient restoration. However, Dr. Umar was able to produce a donor pool of 4500 grafts by extracting follicles from both the head and other areas of the body. These included:
Harvesting body hair requires a more specialized approach compared to regular head hair. This is due to the sharp angles of growth. The angle of the hair as it exits the skin is different from the hair angle below the surface. Surgeons can only align a basic, cylinder-shaped Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) punch with the visible part of the hair angle. However, as they push this type of instrument along the same direction, they risk cutting through the graft entirely.
The Dr.UGraft™ rotary punch takes a much different approach. This device exerts a firm grip on the area of the tissue surrounding the hair follicle and pulls it upward. With this unique mechanism, following hair angles is not even necessary to safely extract the graft. Due to this unique patented engineering, it is possible for surgeons to use a very reliable means for harvesting large quantities of body hair grafts.
Before and After Results of Dr.UGraft™ Hair Transplant at Age 23
Here are before and after photos showing the improvements produced in the patient’s overall appearance. The images of the final results were taken by the patient himself, fifteen months after his surgery.
Dr. U’s Patient Video Proves There is No Minimum Age For A Hair Transplant
Watch this video to learn more about this patient’s procedure. With the conservative quantity of 4500 grafts, Dr. Umar was able to achieve a significant improvement, at a modest hair transplant cost. Most of all, the outcome helped this young patient feel more confident about his appearance at work and socially. He no longer has to wear a hat to cover his head. And he is very pleased that he has more freedom to style his hair.
FAQ – Hair Transplant at Age 23
Why do many clinics specify age parameters for when to get a hair transplant?
Many hair transplant providers prefer using age parameters to avoid disastrous outcomes that may occur in patients who undergo surgery too early in life. As discussed earlier, young men will likely continue losing hair after their procedure. However, conventional clinics are not certain how much hair a patient will continue to shed in the long term. Larger amounts of hair loss would produce unsightly areas of baldness behind the transplanted region of hair. Therefore, it is much safer to recommend that patients wait until later in life before they undergo a hair restoration procedure.
Should all young men in their early twenties get a body hair transplant if they are experiencing hair loss?
Although the patient above was able to undergo a body hair transplant, this is not necessarily the course of treatment recommended for every patient in their early twenties. Some individuals may be able to utilize donor hair from their scalp. Dr. Umar developed his diagnostic Shave Test to know which patients are more likely to reach severe baldness in their lifetime. This is performed by shaving the entire head and noticing the distribution patterns of hair. This provides a reliable way to tell if a young aged hair transplant patient can rely on head hair only or will need to plan for the use of body hair through the implementation of a Dr.UGraft™ surgery.
Once you get a hair transplant at an early age, can you get more grafts later on?
Yes, doctors who perform a hair transplant for younger patients will need to make long-term plans. This involves conserving hair transplant grafts, whether they are from the head or body. At a later point, this enables the patient to add more grafts to improve upon their initial outcome.
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