Medical treatment may be all that’s needed to prevent progression and in a large percentage of cases (up to 48%) medical treatment alone can improve the situation. It won’t necessarily restore it the way it was, but most importantly it can stop progression of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) in up to 90% of cases and provide various levels of improvement of hair mass or volume in almost fifty percent of cases. So medical treatment options for AGA would be the first option and this is especially true for young men in their early twenties. They have a long road ahead and the strategy would be to protect their donor hair supply for the long run and not be overly aggressive with hair transplant surgery. Once the AGA process has stabilized on medical treatment the person becomes a good potential candidate for hair transplant surgery. However, with older men we can be a bit more aggressive with hair transplant surgery, but medical treatment taken on an ongoing basis remains important to stabilize AGA and prevent progression of the condition and minimizing or preventing additional future hair transplants.
The best strategy would be to take early action with medical treatments, to limit the progression of hair loss. The objective would be to stop the progression of the condition which if not done will lead to a progressively larger bald area that becomes more difficult to treat adequately with a hair transplant. There is no specific “best” time or age to start with hair restoration treatment other than when the first signs of AGA begin to occur and this varies from person-to-person.
There are FDA approved non-surgical treatments, offering effective treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia. Certain hair loss medication is used to treat hair loss only in men, slowing further hair loss from occurring, and improving the appearance of hair growth up to 30%.