Am I a good candidate for a hair transplant? (19 years old). (photos)
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Hair transplant at 19
Candidate age 19
Hair transplant in young men are NOT "forbidden". If you're already bald at the age of 18, hair transplant may be an option.
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Young hair transplants
It is always a little tricky for a surgeon to be the one telling a prospective patient not to do surgery. At your age, though, the surgical approach is not as effective as the medical approach. Ask any hair doc who has been around a while, and they will tell you they have seen complete turnarounds and regrowth of hair with aggressive medical therapy. You have aggressive hair loss - get aggressive right back! Plus,when you start as young as you are, results are even better than if you had the same degree of hair loss, but started when you were older. We don't know why this is, but it is important to keep in mind! So definitely avoid surgery at this point. Any hair surgeon who agrees to perform surgery on a male pattern hair loss patient at age 19, is not planning for the future and may not be acting in your best interests. Try finasteride, minoxidil, LLLT and the shampoos that help them (see my previous posts). You may be amazed at your results.Good luck!
Hair transplant for 19-year-old?
Situations like yours are among the most challenging in hair restoration. You are right: it is the rare 19-year-old who is a good candidate for a hair transplant, because in nearly all cases it is impossible to predict the rate and extent of future hair loss, and therefore how to budget the donor area and design a hair transplant that will "go the distance." And yet, hair loss is usually much more upsetting for younger men than it is for older men. As tempting as it might be to conclude that your balding pattern is already defined (limited to a relatively narrow area from hairline to crown), time could very well prove us wrong. The curious thing is that you started losing your hair so very young, and that it hasn't progressed past the point where it is now after 5 years. I would suggest being evaluated in person by at least one experienced, full-time hair transplant surgeon (i.e., one whose practice is limited to or primarily concerned with hair transplants) who could advise you further. If nothing else, he or she could get you started on finasteride, which is the most effective defense against ongoing hair loss in men.
Thanks for your question, and best of luck.
Am I a good candidate for a hair transplant
Candidacy for hair transplant in a 19 yo
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD