I am 20 years old and my front hairline is already starting to thin which is causing me so much distress. I’ve been told that hair loss and my hairline have to stabilise before I can have hair transplant surgery. What does that mean and how long do I have to wait?
Male pattern baldness is a very common condition with fifty per cent of men experiencing it to a degree by the time they are 50. It starts, for many men, much earlier in life, with a quarter of 20-year-olds affected – and even men in their late teens noticing their hairline is beginning to recede. The options for tackling androgenic alopecia have multiplied in recent years, and with many famous sports stars embracing hair regeneration treatments such as hair transplants, young men increasingly want to take action.
Why is it too soon for a transplant?
While it is a natural instinct to want to transplant hair before the thinning hairline is too apparent, there are dangers in acting too hastily. Hair transplants do not cure male pattern baldness and prevent further hair loss. Consider what happens if you have hair transplants and then you continue to go bald. You will not have sufficient hair to keep up with the hair loss and the result will be isolated patches of hair around the temples and a bald forehead and top of the head. Consider, too, the financial implications of repeated procedures to ‘fill in the gaps’. The top hair transplant surgeons recommend men wait until they are at least 25 before considering a transplant – and in the meantime they should work on stabilising their hairline.
How can a hair loss expert stabilise my hairline?
By consulting a hair loss expert (a trichologist) you can gain an insight into what your future hair loss may be. A trichologist will ask you about when you started losing your hair and will examine the particular pattern it is following; they will also ask about your family history and then monitor your hair loss. They will offer you an individualised hair treatment plan, which may include minoxidil, a clinically proven treatment that slows down hair loss and has been shown to grow new hair. They can also offer a range of hair growth boosters to promote regrowth, addressing your concerns about your thinning hairline. Your trichologist will then be well placed to advise you on when a transplant will be the appropriate course of action for you.