Hair loss and baldness are generally considered old age problems. But the fact is that nowadays young men are losing hairs more than the older ones. Androgenic alopecia particularly is becoming a young men’s problem, with boys as young as in their late teens getting receded hairlines. Losing hairs can be devastating for men of any age but starting to get bald at such a tender age could be most overwhelming, as young boys are most conscious about their looks.
With hair transplant surgery being one of the most popular and the most demanded cosmetic procedure worldwide, even young men seek respite in surgical hair restoration. But did you know hair loss in young men is a challenge for hair transplant surgeons as well. They are often extremely distressed about the follicular future of their young patients, as hair loss is most likely to progress in young men even after hair transplant surgery. This not only leads to unnatural looking results but may also affect future donor hair supply of the patient.
Surgeons usually handle the case of hair transplants in young men by adhering to the minimum age policy i.e. no hair transplant before 25 years. But with advancements in technology and transformations in hair transplantation techniques, age should not be a barrier. Hair transplant surgeons nowadays have every opportunity available to address hair loss problem in young men more confidently.
While there are some shortcomings in operating patients under 25, there are numerous advantages as well in treating this age group. Young men are generally healthy and highly motivated, rarely on medications. This makes them ideal candidates for hair transplant surgery. Besides that, young patients still have some existing hairs in the thinning areas, and this makes it easier to camouflage the surgery.
Most of the young hair loss patients are devastated by early baldness. This gives the surgeon an opportunity to help them avoid baldness and remain confident. But at the same time, there are some potential hazards involved in hair transplantation in young patients that both the patient as well as the surgeon has to consider. Patients should have realistic expectations regarding the restored hairline as it is never possible to restore the hair density that they had at the age of 15.
Furthermore, at such a young age hair loss does not stop progressing, so hair transplant surgery will be performed keeping in mind hair loss in future. To cope with this problem, the surgeon designs the new hairline in such a way that it does not look odd in case of further hair loss. For example, for a successful end result the surgeon usually places the hairline higher than its original position. A higher hairline helps the surgeon conserve donor grafts for a transplant that may be needed in later years. This will also allow for more natural looking results later on. As you age, the hairline naturally moves upwards but the transplanted hairs will remain there, looking extremely odd. Lowering a hairline is always possible at any stage. On the other hand, raising a hairline is not only difficult but also cosmetically unacceptable.