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Can I Have a Hair Transplant at the Age of 21?

10/7/2015 10:29:22 PM

Question:

I'm 21 years old and I've been balding since the age of 16-17 years old. Last year, I decided to get on Propecia (finaster9de) and Rogaine (minoxidil) because I couldn't stand my hair loss anymore, I was a 3.5V on the Norwood Scale at the time. I've been on this treatment for about 14 months and my hair loss seems to be stabilized (I even had nice hair regrowth on the crown area). I go every 3 months to see my doctor and compare before and after pictures, and my hair keeps getting better.

I won't go through all my story, but my hair issues had a huge impact on my life. I'm planning to stay on medical hair loss treatments for at least 7- 8 years and have a hair transplant to solve this big problem.

Do you guys think it would be a bad idea to go for a transplant in such a young age?

Answer:

Generally speaking, performing hair transplants on guys in their early 20's is not a good idea. However, the issue is far from black and white. Under certain conditions, a very young man such as you may be suitable for surgical hair restoration but, without sharing photos and details of your family history of balding, you won't get very valuable advice online.

You've done the right thing by medically stabilizing your hair loss. Is the doctor you mentioned a hair transplant surgeon? If not, I suggest consulting with some reputable hair restoration clinics. There is certainly no harm in doing so.

You can locate recommended physicians worldwide with our list of doctors. You can also schedule free online consultations if you like.

The best advice I can give you is to be very cautious. Do your research, consult with a number of skilled and ethical doctors and weigh out their advice carefully. Don't rush into anything.

David

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