Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Young men who are losing their hair often start wondering about hair restoration options. They often ask whether or not they are too young for a procedure or if they need to wait until a particular age for hair transplant surgery. In this Q&A video for Torrance, Los Angeles patients, I discuss the answers to these topics.
What to do when you are first noticing the signs of hair loss
At Dr. U Hair Clinic, we emphasize that the first step when noticing areas of thinning is to speak to a dermatologist or hair specialist to determine the cause(s) responsible for the hair loss. A doctor will also be able to provide an accurate diagnosis.
The majority of cases will be due to genetic pattern baldness (i.e. androgenic alopecia). Instead of choosing hair transplant surgery right away, patients should see if medical treatment with Minoxidil or Finasteride can help manage their condition.
If improvement is not seen after 6-8 months of using medication, then it may be appropriate to consider hair transplant surgery as the next step.
Patients should seek a solid understanding of the larger picture involved as well as the full extent of treatments options available.
It will be important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each one.
Should you get a hair transplant at age 27 or a hair transplant at age 23?
Many younger male patients of Dr. U Hair Clinic have often been told that hair transplants should not be done under the age of 25.
However, age doesn’t necessarily correlate with a person’s hair loss progression. The nature of this course is an essential consideration when considering a hair transplant at a younger age.
Realistically speaking, men in their 20’s should expect to continue losing hair.
With this in mind, it becomes easy to see that transplanting hair to fill in a receded hairline will not solve their problem if hair continues to shed beyond the treated zone.
This may occur whether you are under or over the age of 25.
What is the perfect age for hair transplant ?
According to our clinic’s philosophy, there is no perfect age for hair transplant. Hair restoration surgery can be the right course of action as long as there are enough donor resources for multiple future surgeries.
Some people will reach severe baldness (Norwood 6-7) in their lifetime. In these instances, a person’s supply of head hair won’t be sufficient to provide full coverage in the long term.
We do not believe that family history accurately predicts the course of an individual’s hair loss or offer certainty as to whether or not they will become severely bald.
It’s best that individuals prepare themselves for the worst case scenarios by anticipating this possibility well in advance. This involves being able to attain additional donor grafts to cover emerging areas of hair loss.
The Dr. U Hair Clinic specializes in harvesting additional sources of grafts from areas like the beard and body. The quantities of follicles that can be harvested from these regions make it possible to reverse severe cases of baldness. However, specialized technology is necessary to safely harvest these grafts.
This type of instrumentation must accommodate the smaller growth angles of body hair. Also, it needs to impart higher wound healing standards on open and exposed donor areas like the face, neck, chest etc.
If a younger patient has enough body done hair available, they can feasibly undergo hair transplant surgery in their early twenties. However, going this route requires the full awareness that future procedures will be likely in the years to come.
Any age for hair transplant surgery can be appropriate if the right resources are in place to provide coverage for continued hair loss.
Is there a best age to get a hair transplant?
The best point in time to undergo hair transplant surgery will vary for each person. So there is no universal, one-size-fits-all age for hair transplant surgery when planning on a procedure.
As mentioned in the video, there are several essential factors to consider for getting a hair transplant early in life. These include:
- The quantity of donor resources available for multiple future surgeries. When head hair is not enough, body areas may be considered for expanding the donor pool.
- The means to harvest non-head hair as an additional reserve of donor grafts
- Having the finances to afford more than one hair transplant surgery in later years
Younger patients must prepare for the inevitability of continued hair loss. Having a reliable strategy and resources to tackle this issue should be prioritized over choosing the exact age for hair transplant surgery. Doing so will prevent regretful outcomes of struggling with continued baldness that occurs past the transplanted recipient regions.
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