Can I Get a Hair Transplant at 18 Years Old?

1/12/2010 1:34:22 PM

Question:

If needed, could an 18 year old receive a hair transplant?

Answer:

For starters, a hair transplant is never “needed” even though you may really want it. While age isn’t the only factor for determining hair transplant candidates, at 18, I'd say you are too young to consider surgical hair restoration. Without knowing how much hair loss you’ve already experienced, family history of hair loss, etc. it’s hard to advise you further.

Genes are the number one cause of balding in both men and women worldwide. That said, I’d advise speaking to a physician to determine first if your hair loss is genetic (androgenic alopecia). If it is, I’d advise considering using Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) for a couple of years to see if they work for you. They’re both typically pretty good at slowing down, stopping, and even reversing the effects of male pattern baldness. Be sure to speak to your physician about these drugs including the benefits, limitations, and possibility of side effects.


Comments:

 Add a Comment to this article . Note that all comments are moderated, so will not show immediately
  • *Name:

  • Headline/Title of your comment (50 character limit)
  • Your Email

    (will not be published)

  •  

  • Please keep your comments relevant, links are not permitted within the comment.

  • Inappropriate, or purely promotional comments may be removed.


    Comment on this article:

    All Articles by Bill Seemiller

    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.