Is there a minimum age for receiving a hair transplant?

Young men experiencing hair loss in their teens and early twenties often feel they’ve been dealt a double blow. Not only is their hairline starting to recede before they have finished experimenting with hairstyles never mind scaled the career ladder but the number of solutions and “cures” on offer can often be so profuse as to seem overwhelming.

So how does a young male suffering from hair loss and the accompanying loss of self-confidence that inevitably accompanies this go about finding out what the right treatment is for their particular set of circumstances?

The best course is to visit your GP for an initial diagnosis. Depending on that diagnosis, it may then be a good idea to book a consultation with a hair restoration surgeon who is qualified to further assess the situation and offer recommendations. There are a number of reasons why this dual course of action is recommended.

Firstly, it’s crucial to find out what’s causing the premature hair loss. Stress and illness can both cause accelerated hair loss; although the most common cause is androgenic alopecia which is a genetic condition more commonly known as male pattern baldness. This condition affects around 50% of Caucasian men at some point in their lives and is caused by the male hormone testosterone shrinking the hair follicles until they eventually die off. It can, in rare cases, affect males as early as their mid-teens.

For this very reason many hair restoration surgeons set a minimum age for hair transplant patients and there are excellent arguments in favor of this. Young men experiencing initial hair loss often feel devastated by this first sign of the aging process and this can affect their judgement as to what is in their best interests. If a hair restoration surgeon sets a minimum age for transplant patients then he is avoiding any future comeback from somebody who may be carrying unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved.

The other side of the coin is, of course, that a younger man is likely to have more hair remaining on his head than an older male who is considering a hair transplant and this is a valuable asset in terms of both follicle donor potential and long-term scalp coverage.

This leads us to the second reason for consulting with a hair restoration surgeon (or two) before embarking on any particular course of action and that is getting expert opinion on the long-term options are for your particular case and whether an earlier or later transplant procedure is advisable.

A hair restoration surgeon is also expertly qualified to discuss the alternatives to hair transplant procedures and can advise on a range of non-surgical hair restoration treatments as well as on the pros and cons of each one.

Lastly, a hair restoration surgeon can tell you whether they adhere to a minimum age for surgery as well as how many procedures you are likely to require over the course of a lifetime if you choose this route.

 

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