This question was posed by a hair loss sufferer seeking hair loss help on our hair restoration forum and answered by Dr. Ricardo Mejia of Jupiter, FL who is one of our recommended hair restoration physicians. His professional answer is below.
I think this is an especially important question for younger hair transplant patients. Often I find young hair loss sufferers in their twenties single and starting to see the early effects of androgenic alopecia. They are trying to keep up with their friends, women and their own self esteem. I recently had one young hair restoration patient I convinced to try shaving his head. He was only 19 and destined to be a level 7 on the norwood scale of hair loss. His expectations were too unrealistic for hair transplantation in the long run. He did shave his head and he is very happy now. Another patient I know is now married with kids who started early with his hair transplants before he was married. He confided he did it to look better because he was single. Now that he is married he doesn’t feel the same way about his hair as when he was younger and he stated he probably would not have done it. Because he too was destined to be a NW6, he has gone through multiple hair replacement procedures by multiple physicians in an effort to keep up with his ongoing hair loss. It is just not that important now to him.
I do strongly caution any young patient (generally less than 25) out there to think twice before getting hair replacement. It is a process that one needs to be committed to now and when you are 50. It is not a short term solution.
Ricardo Mejia MD, FAAD