I am twenty years old and hoping to halt and somewhat reverse my hair loss. My father is bald, my brother is on his way, and I am just starting to show signs. I was interested in getting “the corners” of my hair line filled in and made “sharp” again, while ceasing any current hairloss/thinning. It is nothing major, and it has only happened in the last year and a half, but month by month is getting more severe. Can “catching it early” help with results? Is it possible to get back that “sharp” look I had a year ago.
You ask a hard question to answer: whether you can regain the “sharpness”. There is a possibility that you can by using finasteride tablets orally and minoxidil topically. You might find it very satisfying to know that you have stopped the progression of balding, if not restored your hairline as much as you like, by using these medicines as well.
It is very important to stop the progression of the balding early as it seems that you have the opportunity to do. It is probably not a good idea to do hair transplant surgery to the leading edge of the hairline of a 20 year old. Doing so means placing grafts that are so far forward that it would be hard to be sure that there is enough donor to take care of all the other areas that are at risk of balding over your lifetime. This could result in an embarrassing pattern of hair growth down the road.
Please feel free to ask for further clarification is I am not clear
William Reed, MD – Member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians