When you first start to notice that you are losing your hair, it’s natural to panic. You want to start exploring all of your options for hair restoration, from over-the-counter products to surgical options such as a hair transplant. While you can start some hair restoration treatments early on, it’s usually recommended that you wait to have a hair transplant. In some cases, a patient might be just too young to really get the most out of the surgery.
Why You Might Be Too Young for a Hair Transplant
Male pattern baldness is called that because people typically lose their hair in a set pattern. The hairline slowly recedes from the forehead, or they develop a bald spot on the top of the scalp that grows ever larger. That can make it easy to predict where hair loss will occur. But it doesn’t make it easy to predict how much hair a person will ultimately lose or whether hairs that could potentially be donor hairs will end up falling out.
Another reason why a younger person might want to wait before scheduling a hair restoration surgery is to reduce the chance of needing more than one procedure. If a 25-year-old has a transplant, but continues to lose his hair, he might want or need a second surgery in 5 or 10 years, to restore hair that was lost after the first surgery.
For a hair transplant to be success, the surgeon needs to transplant donor hair that will not fall out to the recipient areas. In the case of male pattern baldness, it’s important to use donor hair that isn’t susceptible to DHT, the hormone that causes the hair follicles to shrink. It can take some time to see which follicles are susceptible to DHT and which ones will firmly stay put. The last thing you want is to have DHT susceptible follicles transplanted, as that means they’re likely to simply fall out.
What to Do in the Meantime
If you’re losing your hair and you’re young, there are a few things you can do in the meantime to slow the progression of hair loss. PRP therapy or laser treatments can help stimulate hair growth, for example. If you usually wear your hair very short, a treatment such as scalp micropigmentation might help to conceal balding areas or bald spots, at least for the time being.
As Time magazine reports, many men start to lose their hair in the 20s, and those with the greatest amount of hair loss will have a significant amount of balding by the time they are 30. To avoid having to have multiple surgeries, it’s best to wait for a New Jersey hair transplant until your hair restoration surgeon recommends it. To learn more about your options and what you can do in the meantime, call 844-261-7020 and ask for Lisa to schedule a consultation at Contemporary Hair Transplant today.