Hair transplantation works very well for people of any age. Hair loss can be particularly distressing for young men. When someone is a young adult and would like hair transplantation, long-term planning is critical for two reasons.
First, it is unfortunately true that the earlier one starts to go bald the more likely it is that they will one day be very bald.
Second, younger men tend to have much higher expectations than men in their 30’s to 50’s. This is completely understandable because young men compare themselves to their friends who are also young men. Many of their friends will have the thick hair and full hairline of a teenager. To try to reproduce the hairline and hair density of a teenager could use up most of the donor hair, which would not be available for the future battle against further baldness or thinning.
People have a finite, limited supply of donor hair. At present we cannot create any more hair, we can just redistribute the long-lasting donor hair that you have. The proper goal for hair transplantation, especially for someone who may one day be very bald, is to aim for a look of mild thinning hair with a mature, slightly receded hairline. There is usually enough safe donor hair to fill in the front and top of the scalp and to reserve hair for future needs but not enough to fill the back or crown. After a young man has a hair transplant his hair will still look less full than most of his friends and, if that man had unrealistic expectations, he may be disappointed. After an older man has a hair transplant he will have more hair than many of his friends and he will be quite pleased.
If a young man understands all this and has realistic expectations and agrees to a conservative long-term plan, we will perform a hair transplant. By the time he and his friends are in their 30’s he will have more hair than many of them. He will also have had ten more years to enjoy his natural-appearing hair that will stay with him for the rest of his days.BACK