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Losing My Hair in the Front at 19 Years Old - Can I Get Hair Replacement Surgery?

4/2/2008 12:46:31 AM

Question:

I am 19 years old and although my male pattern baldness (mpb) is not that bad, my hairline shape has suffered significantly. I really want a strong hairline because the framing of the face is the most important thing to me. Do any of you know a hair loss doctor that would perform the procedure at my young age? I'm a good looking lad, but this alopecia is really starting to affect my confidence.

Answer:

Though we can all understand and relate to the emotional impact hair loss is having on you, young patients with minimal hair loss are simply not good hair transplant candidates.

Androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) is progressive and unpredictable. Because those with early onset of male pattern hair loss are more likely to suffer from greater amounts of baldness, hair replacement surgery becomes even more risky since a hair restoration physician must make good use out of a finite donor hair supply.

In early stages of hair loss, non-surgical hair loss treatment options such as Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) have proven to be quite effective to treat baldness and possibly stimulate hair regrowth. I encourage you to speak with a physician about the benefits and risks of these hair loss drugs and then consider trying them for at least a year (less any side effects) to see if they work for you.

See also:

What should I consider when researching hair transplant surgery?

Am I Too Young for a Hair Transplant?

All Articles by Bill Seemiller

Bill is 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.