What is the ideal age for hair transplant?


Almost everyone is affected by hair loss at some point in their lives. Men and women alike are affected by balding and hair loss. Some people experience pre mature thinning as soon as in their early twenties while other experience balding in their late thirties. If you are losing 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, there is nothing to worry about as it is perfectly normal. If you lose any more than that, you must rethink your hair care routine and consider treatments for hair loss. There are multiple hair loss treatments ranging from home remedies to surgical and non surgical hair fall treatments. Not all the treatments are best suited for everyone. Selection of a hair fall cure depends on the type and extent of hair loss. Some patients might get cured from altering their diet while others need extravagant hair transplant procedures. Hair transplants are by far regarded as the best and most permanent treatments to fight baldness.

Factor which affects the surgery and outcome of transplant

The most advanced and state of art hair transplant technologies includes Follicular unit hair transplant, Follicular Unit Extraction or Stem Cell Follicular Unit extraction. It is best to consult a doctor to determine ideal technique for you. There is another factor which greatly affects the surgery and outcome of the procedure. That factor is when the right time to undergo hair transplant is?

Consider the advice of specialists

According to pioneers of the hair transplant industry, the perfect age to go under hair transplant is 30 and above. The hair transplant surgeons have selected this age as the ideal time to go for hair transplant because:

  • You baldness sets in by the age of thirty, especially if you are a victim of premature balding.
  • Your hair loss has completely stopped by this time and is no longer progressing further. If you decide to undergo hair transplant before the age of thirty, you might still lose your natural hair afterwards, making your transplant look unnatural afterwards.
  • If you go under hair transplant before the right age, the results will be far from being aesthetically appealing and natural looking. Your transplanted hair won’t fall out after the surgery whatsoever; they will grow with their full potential while your natural hair will continue to thin, leading to patchy hair. Either you will have to undergo hair transplant again or you will have to take the help of other techniques to minimize the appearance of thinning hair.

Solution to the problem

Since you cannot go under hair transplant before the age of thirty, or in some cases forty or fifty, you can choose other alternative routes to deal with hair fall. Following are the treatments you can go for to minimize the appearance of thinning hair and control hair fall to some extent before you reach the appropriate age for hair transplant.

Minoxidil/ Finasteride

Minoxidil and Finasteride are the two treatments which can work wonders when used during the initial stage of hair fall. Both these treatments are available over the counter but it is still important to consult a doctor before using any of the treatments on your scalp and hair.

Hair extensions

Hair pieces and hair extensions are another way to instantly transform your look. You will have to invest some money for a natural looking hair piece and you can hide thinning hair and bald spots in seconds. The benefit of hair pieces is that they can transform your look in a matter of seconds and you will be able to achieve desire cut, color and length immediately. You can choose between more temporary options like hair wigs and extensions or more permanent options involving hair bases that can last up to a year.




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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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