Right Age For Hair Transplantation
- December 07, 2018
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- Dr. YV Rao
Extensive hair fall and a receding hairline might get you thinking …what if I choose hair transplantation for restoring my thick tresses? Yes, hair transplantation is definitely an effective solution for hair loss that offers long-term results. But did you know, there is a starting age limit for hair transplantation procedure?
Why Does Age Impact The Hair Transplant Procedure?
Generally, your hair will start to fall at the age of 20. Sometimes people as young as in their early twenties start worrying about their hairline. At this time the individual pattern of baldness is emerging. A few small bald spots might have them worried about considering hair transplant surgery. A lot of people in their early twenties visit the doctor for the consultation for hair growth and end up asking if the hair transplant is the right option for them. Well, the answer is a simple NO! It is not recommended that you opt for hair transplant surgery at the age of 20.
Can you be too young for hair transplantation?
Some people start losing more hair in their 20’s while some start to take that hair loss pattern in their 40 ’s. Young people who lose more hair in their 20’s usually think that a hair transplant surgery will be a quick fix to get back their thick mane. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Hair transplant for premature/early-on hair fall:
It is not recommended to undergo hair transplant surgery for people experiencing hair fall prematurely in their early years of life. Getting excessive hair fall in the ’20s does not make them an ideal candidate for hair transplant. A hair transplant expert will tell you, If someone starts to lose more hair early in their life, they will run out of the donor’s hair if they consider hair transplants. Their pattern of baldness will be more rapid and span over a long period of time until they become the ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery.
What if I decide to get the hair transplant anyway?
If you decide to take the hair transplant surgery anyway against your doctor’s advice, you will have not-so-pleasant consequences in the long term. After one session of hair transplant, they will need more subsequent hair transplants because the hair behind the transplanted hair will start thinning out forming bald spots. This might go on and on since the candidate is prone to genetic hair loss, even after the hair transplant is done, the hair will start thinning out. At last, you might run out of the donor’s hair and have a patchy crown of hair with some bald spots in some areas and full hair in the transplanted area. This will give you an uneven hair coverage which is definitely not attractive.
Factors that influence hair transplantation:
Pattern Baldness Or Genetic History:
There is another factor that rules out hair at the age of 20. This is because the pattern of baldness is still developing and has not yet emerged. At this young age hair fall cannot be treated with hair transplantation, even if you do, within few weeks you will see new bald spots again since the pattern of balding has not fully emerged.
It is recommended to opt for hair transplantation between the age of 30-40. The advantage of this would be that your doctor can create a plan depending on your pattern baldness. And you might need just one more successive hair transplant which will thrive till you are 90.
While considering hair transplant, your doctor may look at your genetic history because your hair fall pattern is genetic. If you see anyone in your family is prone to excessive hair loss, chances are you might be genetically prone too. The pattern of baldness is sometimes hereditary.
Hair loss is presumed to be one of the side effects of some medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid, an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata (which attacks hair follicles), and infections of the scalp (ringworm). There are some diseases that cause scarrings, leading to permanent hair loss. Eg: lichen planus and some types of lupus.
Patients suffering from these medical conditions should Consult a Doctor to find out the possibility of the hair transplant procedure.
Chronic Diseases and Medications:
One of the many signs of cancer is the appearance of bald spots. Chemotherapy and radiation cause the loss of hair in cancer patients. It is recommended for patients with chronic illness to wait for at least for 12 months after remission for considering hair transplant procedure.
Sometimes the stress that the body goes through due to the chronic illness alone, can lead to extensive hair loss. This is called Telogen effluvium. It is a condition which experiences extensive hair loss after a stressful experience.
In these circumstances, it is recommended to wait for getting a hair transplant, until hair resumes its normal growth. The hair regrowth after a chronic illness is very thin and hence you may have to wait till you get enough donor hairs to be transplanted.
Call a hair transplant physician to know your options, if you have suffered from hair loss due to a chronic illness or medication therapy. At, YV Rao Hair Transplant Clinic we have qualified and experienced doctors who will help you get over your concerns.
Right Age For Hair Transplant Surgery. Are there any exceptions?
So the right age to consider hair transplant surgery would be 30 years or older. However, there might be an exception with some people who are close to 30 years i.e 28, 29 years can go for a hair transplant surgery, depending on their pattern of baldness.
However, the pattern of baldness and genetic history is different for every individual, hence it’s important to consult your doctor in person to find out if you are the ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery.
Is There An Upper Age Limit For Hair Transplant Surgery?
No, there is no upper age limit for getting a hair transplant surgery. You can never be too old for getting hair transplant surgery, not until you have enough donor hair available for transplanting. That is the flexibility it offers.
However, since the availability of donor’s hair is vital for hair transplant surgery, it’s a good idea not to wait too long until there is no donor hair available. The best option would be to start considering hair transplant when you are 30,40 or 50 years to get maximum benefits.
What Are My Options If I Am Too Young?
If you are still very young but worried about that receding hairline, do not lose hope. We can help you combat your hair fall problem with proper medication and diet to maintain under our experts until you become the ideal candidate for hair transplant.
Hair loss can be very demoralizing and difficult to handle. It’s best to Consult a Doctor to address your hair loss concerns. Your doctor may give you alternative solutions to help you with your hair loss or reduce it. Call Us at YV Rao clinic to find out if you are a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery or If it’s too early for you. We can help you decide during a consultation with our Hair Transplant Experts who have years of experience in this field.
About the clinic:
Dr. Venkata Rao Yalamanchi is a qualified & certified Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon in Hyderabad. After his degree in plastic & cosmetic surgery, he got trained, extensively in reconstructive, microsurgery & cosmetic surgery at reputed center both in India & abroad. He has eighteen years of experience as a plastic & cosmetic surgeon in Hyderabad. His special interest is in Hair Transplantation & Cosmetic surgery and has been pursuing these with more dedication.
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