Hair Transplants in Younger v. Older Patients
Genetic predisposition is the most common cause of hair loss. As a young male, your chances of going bald are greater if your father or grandfather experiences thinning hair or baldness. Hair loss can have a negative effect on a young man’s confidence and self esteem and this may prompt him to search for treatments that prevent hair loss or slow it’s progression.
In this article we take a closer look at hair restoration as a potential solution for hair loss in younger patients and the criteria that justify selecting younger candidates for hair transplant surgery.
Stages of hair loss – younger vs. older patients
Androgenetic Alopecia, the most common form of hair loss in men, occurs in stages that follow a distinct pattern, called the Norwood-Hamilton Scale. In hair transplantation we use this staging to communicate the extent of hair loss. Hair transplant surgery may not be the best solution in the early stages of hair loss because medical treatments may be the best option, especially in a younger patient. Young patients have a long road ahead of them and we have to preserve their finite donor follicle supply for the future and arresting or slowing down the progression of AGA is very important in the long term management of a patient’s hair restoration journey. If hair transplant surgery is done without the ongoing support of medical treatment then it is possible that thinning of residual (native) non-transplanted hair may continue.
For young patients seeking treatment in the early stages of Androgenetic Alopecia, non-surgical treatments are often prescribed. These could include prescription medications, hair loss supplements such as Help Hair Shake, topical treatments, Low Level Light Therapy, PRP (Platelet Enriched Plasma) and more. Non surgical treatments are more effective when used in combinations.
In older patients, more advanced stages of hair loss occur. However, Androgenetic Alopecia does tend to stabilize at a certain point. The ideal age for hair transplant surgery is mostly between the ages of 35 and 55. In the majority of patients older than 45 years of age hair loss tends to stabilize. This enables us to better predict the future rate and pattern of hair loss in certain individuals and a more definitive treatment plan becomes possible. In older patients the Donor Area vs Recipient Area ratio is more stable allowing for better planning and improved long term outcomes.
Treating hair loss and thinning
Hair loss can have a negative effect on a person’s self esteem at any age. If you are experiencing hair loss and it bothers you, feel free to get in touch with us and book your consultation. It may just be one of the most important things you do to change how you feel and view yourself. An experienced hair transplant surgeon with a professional approach will provide you with a treatment plan that can make all the difference. Visit the Hair, Skin and Wellness Clinic in London or Ireland for your consultation.