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.
Who is a Good Candidate for hair Transplant?
Realistic expectations are important and an awareness of the alternative options available
The ideal age is mid thirties and hair restoration surgery is an option for both men and women alike.
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Who is a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant?
Of course the above is the ideal, but doesn't mean it is not a good idea otherwise to have a hair transplant. It is all a question of balance and being reasonable in your expectations coupled with skill, experience and wisdom from your hair transplant surgeon.
Generally the younger you are, the earlier you are in your hair loss journey and the more severe your family history is, the higher the risk you take if you undergo hair transplantation. So at your age and the circumstances I assume you are experiencing it is most likely wise to to try and stabilise the loss with Propecia, Regaine/Rogaine, low level laser therapy or any combination until the your loss stops. Once this is achieved then an ethical and experience hair transplant surgeon will be able to advise you adequately
21 is young
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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