Sat 3 Aug 2013
I am currently an 18 year old teenager worried about his hairline. I have blonde/dirty blonde hair which has been very fair and thin/soft from birth, and I may just be paranoid but I seem to have started to notice my hair going backwards from my temples, just above my forehead. I have a grandfather from my mother’s side who was bald on his scalp by the age of 42-45 so I might be genetically predisposed.
I have a few questions I would like you to answer (see below), as you seem to be a professional, experienced and accredited site.
Thank you very much in advance,
Of course, without photos, I cannot comment on whether or not your concerns are justified. But, at the age of 18, you are most likely not yet a candidate for hair transplant surgery. The donor hair available for surgical hair restoration is indeed limited. We have a finite number of hairs in the permanent donor area that are genetically programmed to resist the effects of androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). A very young man such as you, attempting to restore a juvenile hairline, would require many subsequent procedures as your hair loss progresses. That could exhaust the donor supply early, not leaving enough grafts to address future balding.
However, it’s certainly a great idea to be proactive. If you do have the baldness gene, then starting medical hair loss treatments early will provide you with the best opportunity to save your existing hair and regrow hair that you’ve already lost.