I'm 19 years-old and I'm already experiencing thinning hair. Will hair transplant surgery be effective for me? (Photo)
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Hair transplant at 19
Thinning hair at 19
Male pattern balding starts with puberty
understand the goals and expectations of a patient before giving them options or treatment plan.
If you don't have good donor hair, then surgery may not be an option. These are things you need to discuss
with a doctor in person. Body hair may be an option but that is also something you need to discuss with your
doctor in person.
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A hair transplant is not advised at your age, but you can stop progressive hair loss now and thicken your hair non-surgically
In the past, the only options were oral medications like finasteride, a topical like minoxidil, and hair transplantation surgery. It’s certainly an option for you to try finasteride. For some younger men, it will slow down the progression but it will not stop it. Often, people who have this early onset tend to not respond to finasteride. At the current time, a lot of people are not taking finasteride because of concerns of long-term sexual side effects.
In our practice, we developed Hair Regeneration using material called extracellular matrix. Extracellular matrix is used for wound healing. We were able to create a formulation combining this with a byproduct of your own blood called platelet-rich plasma. Through this, we are able to stop the progression of hair loss in close to 100% of men who come to us for male pattern hair loss. Not only are we able to stop the progression, but we are also able to reverse the thinning. That means that hair that was thinning and almost disappearing is becoming thicker. We have hundreds and hundreds of patients who are the living proof of the benefit of this treatment.
I would suggest for you to learn more about Hair Regeneration. The minimum it can do is at least stop the progression. With 3-5 years of data, we have seen the benefit of the longevity. Unlike some doctors who are doing something similar and doing this by several injections, we do this with a single injection and we observe our patients very closely. We see people every 3 months and we do very objective observations with photography and microscope photos. We have not seen anybody regressing.
I always state that our patients tend to do better when they come in early, starting from the time of the onset of their hair loss. The time of onset of hair loss and the progression are two factors. A man who starts thinning in their 30s can still have hair well into their 30s. However, there are many younger men who start thinning in their teens and in their 20s and be bald between the age of 20 to 23, so onset and rate of progression are very important factors. The sooner someone comes in, the better off they are because we can save the hairs that are existing. Often we can’t see them with a microscope because they are in a quiescent or the telogen phase of hair growth. Hair that has been gone for a long time cannot be salvaged.
I advise you learn more about Hair Regeneration and medical treatments such as finasteride and minoxidil, and then meet with qualified, experienced professionals for a consultation. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for your question.
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