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19 and Balding - Considering a Hair Transplant

2/18/2010 1:49:46 PM

Question:

Hello, I am 19 and my hair is very thin on the top. I've been doing my research on the various methods of regaining my hair...and I think the best and most permanent solution would be a hair transplant. I know that it's better for older men to get this, as their hair loss has advanced as much as it is going to, as opposed to me who is younger, who has still got some to lose. So, I was wondering...how much would a typical hair transplant megasession cost? Would there be people willing to do the procedure on a younger male? Are there any other procedures worth considering (like laser therapy)?

Answer:

At 19 years of age, most reputable hair restoration physicians would argue that you're not yet a candidate for hair transplant surgery simply due to your age. I happen to agree. The truth is, young men are at a much greater risk of excessive hair loss and transplanting them is often considered irresponsible. Donor hair supply is limited and typically young patients have much greater expectations of obtaining a full head of hair – a feat unobtainable with surgical hair restoration especially in men and women with large areas of current or future baldness to come. Moreover, often times the hair loss pattern isn't fully established or known at such a young age which makes it much more difficult if not impossible for even the best hair transplant surgeons to adequately plan for and around future loss. Hair replacement surgery can be very expensive, especially when you consider the need for subsequent procedures to meet your long term hair restoration goals.

In my opinion, consider getting on proven medical hair loss treatments such as Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) first. After using these for a few years to see whether or not they're successful in at least slowing down if not stopping or reversing your hair loss, you can discuss surgical options with a quality hair restoration physician and work to develop realistic and long term goals. If you're a good responder to the medication, maybe you won't need to go the surgical route.

Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher


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