Is There A Perfect Time To Have A Hair Transplant?

10/22/2018 7:10:24 PM

Is there a perfect time to get a hair transplant? What about a perfect age? Unfortunately, androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is a progressive condition that spreads and gets worse over time. In most cases, if left untreated hair loss can be unpredictable and spread without warning. In this article, we will discuss the factors to consider prior to having a procedure.

How Can Age Effect A Hair Transplant

Unfortunately, inidividuals who lose their hair in their late teens and early 20's are more likely to develop aggressive hair loss that is unpredictable and can increase rapidly. Consequently, the majority of hair transplant surgeons offer medication therapy prior to surgery to treat hair loss in patients under the age of twenty-five. Medication therapy includes Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride), which have both been approved by the FDA to treat androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). In addition, the permanent donor zone of a young patient may change with age, as the condition progresses over time the permanent donor zone may reduce significantly. Thus, diminishing the longevity of a hair transplant result.

How Can Finances Effect A Hair Transplant

There are so many low-cost, low-skill hair restoration clinics that offer patients an absurd amount of follicular unit grafts for a ridiculously low price. Unfortunately, like the saying goes "if it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is", most of these clinics hire fly-by-night technicians to perform the entire surgery. These clinics may have a physician on staff however, the physician typically does not perform any portion of the surgery and only serves to consult with patients and draw on hair lines. The skill, talent and experience of each physician/clinic varies widely, as do their results. Therefore, the most important important factor to consider is choosing a competent hair transplant surgeon with a track record and portfolio of producing ultra-refined hair transplantation. Finances can be replaced over time however, a patients donor supply is finite and a precious resource that must be utilized correctly, because it can never be replaced.


There is no perfect time to have a hair transplant, but there are some factors to consider before scheduling a procedure. It is imperative that an individual stabilizes their hair loss prior to having surgery, because there is an increased risk of telogen effluvium (shock loss) that could potentially leave the individual balder than they were prior to surgery. In addition, selecting a quality hair transplant surgeon is essential for receiving an ultra-refined hair transplant that is so natural a hair stylist couldn't detect it under close inspection. Proper research is essential, this is why becoming a part of a hair loss forum and community is so important to see unbiased reviews and testimonials by real patients. 


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    Melvin is an Associate Publisher and Forum Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is a 3-time hair transplant patient, having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has thousands of helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. Melvin writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum, and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel. View Melvin's impressive hair transplant journey HERE.