Am I Too Young For Hair Restoration Surgery?
Many young hair loss sufferers seeking hair loss help come to our hair restoration forum asking about hair restoration as a possible means to regrow hair. Though surgery may be an option, there are several things to consider. The truth is, that young hair loss sufferers, especially those who just started to lose hair are typically not good candidates for surgery. Admittedly, this topic is very controversial.
The purpose of this article is to discuss and present all the issues surrounding the risks of younger hair loss patients undergoing hair surgery.
Education is vital and knowledge is power. The more those seeking hair restoration know, the better decision can be made. Let me stop here to caution the reader that it is extremely easy to make an emotional decision and jump into surgery with the hope and dream of restoring a full head of hair. Let me assure you that I can certainly understand and empathize with the pain and grief you are experiencing while suffering from hair loss - but it is important to do this right. Making an emotional decision may just end up making your hair loss situation worse. I'll explain in this article. Keep reading.
It is extremely important that you understand what the hair loss and restoration process process, the benefits, risks, and limitations that go along with it. Undergoing hair loss and restoration surgery is especially risky for younger patients for the following reasons.
But if these are all serious risks to be considered, why do ethical hair loss doctors sometimes do hair restoration procedures on younger patients? Haven’t we decided that it’s too risky for a younger candidate to jump in the chair?
Each case must be taken individually. Answering whether a young hair loss sufferer is a good candidate is not a simple "yes" or "no" answer.
Below are a list of conditions that, if met, I feel it MIGHT be appropriate for younger balding individuals to undergo surgery:
Many will try to keep up with their hair loss and go to doctors who will give the patient what they want. You know the motto “the customer is always right”? This should NOT be the motto for the medical profession. In my opinion, doctors who try to satisfy the immediate desires of the patient without considering the future are highly unethical. These doctors are more concerned about the money in their pockets from getting someone into surgery than they are about how this patient may look 10 years down the line. Dense packing a hairline with 3000 grafts on a 20 year old when they only just started losing their hair is extremely risky. Even if this particular patient has 7000 available donor grafts, this means they only have 4000 available grafts to for the rest of the head in the event of additional hair loss. What if the patient becomes a Norwood 6? This patient will ultimately be stuck with a low hairline and very thin hair behind it, leaving an unnatural look. Planning conservatively therefore, is extremely important for those of a younger age, especially those of a younger age with minimal hair loss.
Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher
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