Hair Transplants in Younger vs Older Patients
If your father or grandfather (on both sides) experienced hair loss, your chances of going bald significantly increases. Many young men find it hard to accept that they are going bald, and this hair loss condition can greatly impact their self-esteem.
Young men often seek the help of hair loss treatments to halt or prolong the progression of hair loss, even surgical solutions. But are younger patients able to undergo a hair transplant, and which factors contribute to whether a patient is suitable for hair transplant surgery?
Stages of Hair Loss – Younger vs Older Patients
Hair loss, or Androgenetic Alopecia, occurs in different stages, usually in a typical pattern. Hair loss starts at the temples and / or crown of the head. Temples become larger as the hair line recedes, while the thinning spot on the crown increases in size and decreases in density, until these two areas eventually meet, creating a bald appearance. Where the patient falls in this hair loss spectrum will help to determine whether they are a suitable candidate for hair transplantation.
Because this process occurs over a period of time, the pattern of the patient’s hair loss condition is not always predictable, which is why hair transplant surgery is generally not advised for early stages of alopecia. Hair loss will continue even in areas where hair has been transplanted, and can leave bald spots in these areas. Non-surgical treatments are usually recommended for hair loss patients in early stages, which can include a hair loss supplements, medication, topical treatments, Trichological products, Low Level Light Therapy and more. These treatments can prolong the progression of hair loss, or even stop it completely.
Older patients usually present more advanced stages of hair loss, as the hair loss seems to stabilize at a certain point. The ideal age for a hair transplantation would be between 35 and 40 years, in stages where the Androgenetic Alopecia has stabilized and is more predictable. The individual should also have adequate healthy donor hair, in order for a sufficient number of grafts to be extracted for transplantation.