My hairline has been receeding a lot lately to the point where it is getting very noticable. I’m only in my early twenties, so hair transplant surgery is not an option at the moment. Is there any way I can reverse this process and grow some hair around my temples?
You are correct that surgery is most likely not an option for you at the moment – it rarely is for hair loss sufferers under 30 years old or so. Of course, there are always exceptions.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But if you are seeing a receding hair line in your early twenties, then you are most likely predisposed for a good bit more recession and thinning in the years to come.
Hair loss at a young age is tough. The first thing that I think you should do is to make an appointment with a dermatologist that is familiar with male pattern baldness to ensure that it is, in fact, male-pattern baldness that you are experiencing and is not the result of some other underlying condition. Since you are balding at the hair line, I am in doubt that it is anything else. But it is better to be safe than sorry. Hair loss that occurs as a result of causes other than genetics (stress, malnutrition, illness, etc) does not follow the “male pattern baldness” pattern, so to speak. It is usually spotty and sporadic as opposed to MPB being a steady recession in the temples and thinning in the crown area. Some men only see recession and others only see thinning in the crown. Others get hit in both places and thin diffusely all over to boot. From looking at your hairloss a qualified physician can reasonably deduct that you are experiencing MPB.
Currently, there is no hair loss treatment (even Propecia) marketed for staving off hair loss at the hair line or the temples, but starting a hair loss regimen definitely couldn’t hurt. You should definitely consult a physician before taking any prescription medications.
The fact of the matter is, there is really nothing available that is guaranteed to regrow or even halt hairloss at the temples. There are treatments that can help, and may even do some good. The problem is that all treatments (Propecia, minoxidil, etc.) have to be taken indefinitely to maintain the benefits. If the medication is discontinued, you will lose the hair that it helped you regrow or keep pretty rapidly. And it definitely is not as easy to come back by the second time around.