Considering Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE) Hair Transplant at the Young Age of 23

11/2/2009 3:04:41 PM


I started losing my hair at 14 years of age. I got sick of trying to cover it up at 16 and shaved it off. I'm now 23 and was wondering if I could get an FUE hair transplant procedure even though I'm only 23? I haven't lost that much hair (frontal hair loss and thinning hair at the crown).


23 is a rather young age to consider a hair transplant, especially if your hair loss is minimal. In my opinion, it may be better if you try proven non-surgical hair loss solutions like Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) for a couple of years first.

Whether you ultimately and eventually select follicular unit transplantation (FUT) via microscopic dissection (strip surgery) orfollicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE), understand that hair transplants should be seen as a permanent solution. There are pros and cons to both procedures, but the end result should not include shaving your head permanently. Though there is a better chance of low visibility scarring with FUE, in my opinion, spending a fortune on hair transplants only to later shave your head would be a giant waste of money. Thus, making the appropriate use of a limited donor hair supply is crucial and involves selecting and mapping out a long term hair restoration plan with a qualified surgeon. To see a list of surgeons we recommend, click here.


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    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.