Too Young, Too Soon: Hair Transplants

Losing your hair can be troubling no matter how old you are, but it can be even more alarming when you’re young and in the prime of your life. Unfortunately, plenty of men and women start to notice thinning hair or a receding hairline at a relatively early age, including in their late teens and early 20s.

No one wants to feel old before their time, and if you’re losing your hair before you can even have a legal drink, you may wonder if you can and should take steps to address the issue. Medication, lifestyle and diet changes, and other non-invasive treatments can, in fact, effectively combat hair loss in younger adults. But if you’re thinking about hair transplant surgery, your relative youth may preclude it as a viable or desirable option. Here’s why.

Your Hair Loss Pattern May Not Yet Be Known

The primary reason to be cautious about a hair transplant in your 20s is that it can be difficult at that early stage to know how your hair loss pattern will progress and ultimately manifest itself.

While a hair transplant might effectively address existing problem areas, the possibility that you could start losing your hair elsewhere on your scalp can result in an “island” of transplanted hair surrounded by new thinning or balding areas. Similarly, a hair transplant focused on lowering the hairline can become unnatural and awkward-looking if the hair above the transplant area begins to thin or fall out.

Trying To Do It On The Cheap

Another issue young adults often face that may make a hair transplant a bad idea is more financial than physical. Hair transplant surgery is, in fact, surgery, and surgery can be expensive, especially since most hair transplant surgeries are not covered by health insurance.

Only a highly trained and experienced hair transplant surgeon should perform your procedure. Unfortunately, there are plenty of clinics or supposed hair “specialists” who offer cheap prices for a hair transplant. But remember, you get what you pay for, and bottom-barrel prices often reflect the quality of work they perform. Young adults may not yet have the financial means for a hair transplant done right. By waiting until you can afford to have your hair transplant surgery performed by a first-rate surgeon may be worth more in the long run than subjecting yourself to a substandard operation which will leave you disappointed and full of regret.

Schedule Your Consultation With the Miami Hair Institute Today

All of that said, hair transplant surgery may be a viable option for someone in their 20s if the hair loss is particularly advanced. The only way to know which hair loss treatment is best for you is to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with a hair loss physician who can diagnose the cause and progression of your hair loss and work with you to develop the best treatment plan.

Schedule an appointment with the Miami Hair Institute today by calling 305.925.0222. We look forward to assisting you.