I am 23, What Is The Best Age For A Hair Transplant?
I am 23, What Is The Best Age For A Hair Transplant?: I am a a 19 year old, and I already have a level 6 area of thinning. Since my father is a NW 6-7 I am sure I am heading there as well. I also know medications would not cut it for me, I would need a transplant. But I have read from various hair forums, about disastrous situations in guys who had their hair transplants too early. Many wished they had accepted their baldness and did nothing. I do not want to accept my baldness. What Is The Best Age For A Hair Transplant?
Why Age is a Consideration in Performing a Transplant?
A transplant by itself is not technically to be avoided strictly on age considerations. A young child with congenital hair loss that is not caused by an on going disease for instance can conceivably transplanted. Age is to be considered in patterned hair loss caused by genetics however. Incidentally it is the most common cause of hair loss and I expect that is what you have. In transplanting a young person, the main consideration is the unpredictable nature of how far and how fast the hair loss would progress. In this situation, a transplant which is permanent, stands the risk of becoming an isolated island of hair when the persons native hair recedes away from the transplanted hair. The potential for an unnatural hair pattern is created unless the person is agreeable and able to do more transplant sessions to close the space between the retreating native hair and the transplanted hair.
I am 23, What Is The Best Age For A Hair Transplant? : Things To Consider Before Taking The Plunge:
If the following factors are taken into account, it should be okay to proceed with a hair transplant even at an early age:
- The fact that at and early age, the hair loss sufferer has a hair line that is in a state of flux. Thus it is best practice to keep the hairline at a conservative level in the very young patient. This should hold until the extent of future hair loss is discernible. The hair line can always be brought forward at a later time. An FUE Shave Test should be done to screen for patients who are destined to become NW 7 hair loss level. I first described this method in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal to enable FUE doctors determine patients in whom the safe donor area extends to the nape and around-the-ear regions
- Best to avoid a strip surgery since this would create a scar that would limit severely the option to shave off the hair which is a better hair style for most severely bald persons
- If severe baldness is already evident, body hair transplantation should be adopted early in the process for a good blend. The patient should seek a clinic that specializes in advanced FUE using tools like the DrUGraft revolution. I have used this tool system to successfully and consistently deliver body hair transplant results for over a decade.
- The young patient must be made aware of the financial burden he or she must shoulder from needing more hair transplants in the future to match the hairlines that would recede away from transplanted hairs over time. Hair transplants are expensive, and should not be undertaken the first time if the finance aspect of the entire endeavor in the long term is not secured.
What Is The Best Age For A Hair Transplant?: VIDEO Showing Consequences of bad planning
There are consequences for not heeding the advise given above. As you have mentioned, examples of regrets from young patients who had poorly planned hair transplants can be found in several hair forums and internet chat rooms. I have in over a decade of practicing Advanced FUE Hair transplant repairs that often involves the use of beard and body hair rescued many patients whose poor hair restoration surgery choices resulted in despair and disillusionment. I recently performed a hair transplant repair in a patient whose story is a poster child case scenario for mistakes to be avoided when it comes to hair restoration surgery in young patients. Here is a self explanatory video of the patient in question:
Thankfully the story had a ending. I hope you have in my response a satisfactory answer to your question. I wish you luck in your quest for hair recovery.
Dr. Sanusi Umar is a pioneer in hair transplant surgery and is widely published and recognized in his field. Dr. Umar is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the founder of DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.