I am 21 years old, and I began losing hair when i was 19. The area around my hair line is very thin now. I was wondering, is hair transplant is an option for me right now? Who should ideally consider having hair transplant done?
Who is a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant?
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Good Candidates Have a Stable Supply of Donor Hair which can Cover Current and Future Areas of Hair Loss
A densitometer is an instrument which enables the doctor to determine the permanence of the donor hair and the extent of future balding.
People that are good candidates are also realistic. A hair transplant should not be used to restore an adolescent hairline, but to restore a normal adult hairline, so that the procedure will look good long-term.
In general, people with frontal hair loss will benefit most from hair restoration surgery whereas hair loss in the crown is more amenable to medication.
Anyone is a good candidate for hair transplant surgery but consider other options
The key to determining good candidates for hair restoration surgery is estimating what the patient's hair loss pattern might be. Once hair is transplanted, it will not fall out, though the native hair will continue its loss.
In a young person such as yourself, it is difficult to tell what your eventual pattern of hair loss might be and your transplant may create an unnatural appearance as you lose more hair.
You can usually get away with a small transplant to provide slightly more density in the hairline with the understanding that you will likely need additional treatment in the future as your hair loss progresses.
The other option you have is to begin either minoxidil or finasteride. If you are concerned about your hair loss, I would suggest visiting with a hair restoration surgeon who is knowledgeable in hair loss for more information and options that are specific for your concerns.
21 is young
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It all depends on each individual
It all depend on your examination and a good diagnosis of your hair (or future hair loss) status. You need to have a MASTER PLAN of how to manage your hair loss issues now and 10, 20, 30 years from now.
Is anyone a good candidate for a hair transplant?
You say you have been losing hair for the past two years; to be on the safe side, we have to assume that without medical treatment you will have less hair in another year or two than you have today, and that this would create an unnatural appearance if you were to have a permanent transplanted hairline. "A small transplant to provide slightly more density in the hairline" may look good for a short time, but you need to consider the possibility that you would have to continue having hair transplants every two years as you go through your 20s and beyond. Most experienced hair transplant surgeons would agree that it would be wise for a 21-year-old with a thinning hairline to wait a few years while making an effort to stabilize the situation using a combination of finasteride (Propecia) and/or minoxidil (Rogaine) and/or low level laser therapy. It is hard for a 21-year-old to understand that it is unrealistic to keep the hairline he had at age 19 forever; however, very few men are fortunate enough to do this over the course of their lives.
Hair transplantation in younger patients
Am I A Good Candidate for Hair Transplant
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21 year old with hair loss. should he get hair transplants?
If this hair loss is where you are now, then considering hair transplantation is reasonable.
If this hair loss is much worst than where you are now, I would not consider hair transplantation. I would first stabilize the loss with medical hair loss treatments. For this, you need a trained dermatologist who handles hair loss.
After the hair loss is slowed and stabilized, see if you still want a better hairline. If you do, then consider FUE techniques of hair transplantation. Surgeons adept in FUE might use manual devices or motorized devices or the NeoGraft system or the newest robotic hair transplantation system by Artas.
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