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My Dad Says I'm Too Young at 20 to Have a Hair Transplant - Is he Right?

1/6/2009 1:37:05 PM

Question:

I am a 20 year old male and I had amazingly thick hair. In the last 3 years I have lost a lot of hair. My hairline has receded and the top portion has also thinned extensively to the point that I can see my scalp. What should I do? My parents say I'm too young to go for a hair transplant. Is there anything I can do to prevent going bald? My dad has lost his hair and I'm wondering if it's hereditary since my brother hasn't lost his hair.

Answer:

Genetic hair loss is hereditary however, it doesn't necessarily hit ever sibling. Those that are affected, its onset, timing, and amount may be different - which is probably why you, and not your brother currently are experiencing thinning hair.

Though there is no hard fast rule about hair transplants and age, younger hair loss sufferers must proceed with extreme caution and consider all their options. Younger balding men are at greater risk of losing more hair than those who start losing it later in life. Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure moving hair from the sides and back of your head (called the donor area) to balding areas (called the recipient area). Though it can provide more hair in thinning or bald areas, it does nothing to stop the progression of male pattern baldness. Therefore, attempting to stop baldness in its tracks with non-surgical solutions like Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) is crucial.

See also, "Am I Too Young for a Hair Transplant?"

Bill
Associate Publisher/Editor


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