Are there many people out there who just wait to their balding pattern is established? Assuming I had enough donor hair, wouldn’t it be best to continue getting hair transplants as hair loss progressed?. That way, I wouldn’t have to spend any time or money on non-surgical hair loss treatment medications like Propecia or Rogaine, nor would I have to worry. I understand that medication can slow down the process.
I’m 22 and think I’m just going to start shaving my head, wait a few years, and see what pattern takes shape. Ive been told i have good donor characteristics so I plan on getting another consultation in a few years when i would be more appropriate for a hair transplant megasession.
22 is pretty young. I would consider hair loss drugs and make sure you gave them time to work before you give up (1 year or more). 23 is still young for a hair transplant but at least you will have tried the alternative to surgery and maybe it will buy you a lot more time than just a year. Plus you can establish some relationship with a doctor and see if you and he are on the same wavelength.
I had a 20 year old come in this my clinic this morning and I spent about 40 minutes mainly educating him on all of the stuff bloggers on this site already know. I told him to come check it out. He was started on medication last week by a referring dermatologist and I told him he should not make any surgery decisions for at least a year, and hopefully longer.
A 20 or 22 year olds hair restoration goals are quite different that a 43 year olds, but the transplant will be there forever. So it is critical that the hair loss doctor and patient discuss all of this and have a long term plan, not just winging a procedure on a 20 year old with disposable income.
So don’t rush into anything at age 20 other than getting educated on your options.
William Lindsey, M.D.
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