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Hair Transplant Surgery to Fix Naturally Uneven Hairline in Male Teen?

11/24/2013 7:17:12 AM

Question:

Hi, I'm a 16 (almost 17) year old male. I have a naturally bad hairline that is like a large widow's peak. I don't experience hair loss but my hairline makes me feel very self-conscious. Is there any transplanting procedure or anything else I can do to fix my hairline? I am literally willing to do anything it takes.

Answer:

Given your very young age, it’s highly unlikely that an ethical hair restoration physician would consider performing hair transplant surgery on you to fix your “naturally bad” hairline. The reason for this is that it’s virtually impossible at this stage to predict if you will eventually suffer from the effects of androgenic alopecia (pattern hair loss).

We have a finite number of donor grafts available to address future balding. If you were to use a number of these grafts to create a low juvenile hairline, you may end up with an unnatural appearance in the future should you eventually go bald with too few grafts remaining to address the areas of concern. Essentially, you’d be left with an isolated island of hair up front.

Of course, there are exceptions. If you have no family history of hair loss and it’s reasonable to assume you will retain most of your existing hair, a surgeon may agree to augment your hairline. However, he may also recommend you start applying Rogaine (minoxidil) daily and perhaps start taking Propecia (finasteride) once you turn 18 as an extra precaution. These drugs are both FDA approved and clinically proven to slow the effects of genetic hair loss and regrow hair.

I suggest discussing your concerns with our parents. If they are supportive, try consulting with one or more of the skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeons recommended by the Hair Transplant Network. To learn about our criteria for recommending physicians, click here.

David (TakingThePlunge)

Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator


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