Losing your hair at any age can be difficult. The moment most men notice their hair has started to thin out, they start to look for a solution. Many men will start losing hair early in their 20’s and are ready to consider a hair transplant. However, we never recommend hair transplants as a first solution. There are a time and place for each type of hair loss treatment, and getting a transplant too early can be disastrous. The Hair Loss Recovery Program has a few suggestions to help you decide on when to consider getting a hair transplant.
How do Transplants for your Hair Work?
To understand when the best time for a transplant will be, it is important to understand how hair transplants work. Surgeons will take grafts of hair from the back part of your head that is not affected by balding. The hair there is used because it is more resistant to the hormones that cause hair loss. These donor grafts will then be placed in areas where your hairline has shrunk or has lost hair completely. This allows hair to regrow permanently and in a natural fashion.
When Should You Transplant?
Now that you know how hair is transplanted, we can discuss the best age to complete a hair transplant procedure. Although many men start to lose hair in their 20’s, this is not the right age to perform a hair transplant. Every head will follow a balding pattern, and it is much harder to determine that pattern at a young age. If the donor hair is taken from a currently healthy area that is a part of a baldness pattern, the transplanted hair will fall out later down the road. This can result in patches over the scalp and may even prevent further transplant procedures.
Most of our experts agree that the best age to undergo a hair transplant procedure is when a person is at least 30 years old. At this stage, it is much easier to determine which hair is safe to transplant and which follicles to avoid harvesting.
In addition to determining the pattern of baldness, it is important to note that there is a finite amount of donor hair. When hair is removed from the back of your scalp, it won’t regrow in that area. Taking too much from one location will result in patches over the scalp and a completely uneven head of hair.
Another reason to wait is more psychological than physical. As you get older, your expectations tend to be more firmly rooted in reality. When you are younger, you may expect to recapture the full thickness you experienced in high school. With age, it’ll be easier to understand that all men experience a moderate amount of thinning as they age whether they receive hair loss treatments or not.
Alternative Treatment Options
Just because you have yet to reach 30 doesn’t mean that is no hope. There are many hair loss prevention options you can use as soon as you notice hair loss. There are treatments to help slow hair loss as well as therapies that can help stimulate growth. In many cases, these treatments may prevent the need for a hair transplant in the future. The most important advice we have is that you seek treatment as soon as you notice thinning. Our specialists will be able to find the root cause of your thinning. Then, they’ll recommend the appropriate treatments to slow or even stop your hair loss before it becomes more noticeable.
How We Can Help
If you are interested in more information about our Thornhill hair loss recovery or our different treatments, The Hair Loss Recovery Program is here to help. Give our office a call at (416) 439-4247 today to set up a consultation or to find out more about services.