Hair Loss In Younger Vs Older People

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Hair Loss Impacts Confidence at All Ages

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 ease the progression of hair loss.

But can younger patients undergo a hair transplant, and which factors contribute to whether a patient is suitable for hair transplant surgery?


‘Going bald’ / Hair Loss / 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.

Depending on where the patient falls in this hair loss spectrum will help to determine how many hair follicles will have to be transplanted and general suitability to the treatment.

Hair loss can continue even in areas where hair has been transplanted, this will be the residual non-transplanted hair in that area that continue to miniaturize in the absence taking finasteride.

Non-surgical treatments are usually recommended for hair loss patients in early stages, which can include hair loss supplements, oral medication, topical treatments, and mesotherapy treatments such as Low Level Light Therapy and Dermaroller treatment.

These treatments can slow down the progression of hair loss, or even stop it completely.

Older patients usually present with more advanced stages of hair loss.

The ideal age for a hair transplantation would be when the patient can benefit the most from the procedure. That is when the impact of the hair transplant psychologically and socially will add the most value for the patient. However, this has to be counterbalanced by important factors such as age; donor versus recipient area ratio; goals and expectations; commitment to medical treatment; affordability; and last but not least, the level of experience of the hair transplant surgeon and team.
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