Ask the doctor: Would this be a good time for a hair transplant?


Question

Regular user
Author sørenmadsen
Submitted: 22-02-2005

 

Would this be a good time for a hair transplant?

Hi!

Over time my hair line has receded quite a bit. I haven't yet lost any hair on the top of my head, but when I look at my dad, and if it turns out like it did with him, something tells me, that some day I'll loose almost all my hair.

My question is, whether it would beneficial for me to get a hair transplant right away, or if it would be better for me to wait until I loose more of my hair?

I would clearly prefer to have the surgery as soon as possible, as I'm extremely unhappy with my receding hairline.

Furthermore, I was wondering if I should have the hair transplant surgery now and start taking Propecia, thereby hoping that this will stop the rest of my hair to fall off?

Best regards

Søren Madsen

Reply

Doctor/Dentist
Author Mazhar Hussain
Submitted: 24-02-2005
Clinic My Hair Clinic
Education Speciallæge i almen medicin

 

Hi Søren Madsen

Generally speaking, the right time for a hair transplant depends on several factors, including age, the degree of hair loss, the patient's expectations for the outcome, the technique used for the surgery, and a number of other conditions.

Everything else aside, I often recommend restrainment to young people below the age of 25, because of the uncertainty about the further development of the hair loss. However, it will always depend on an individual evaluation, and other circumstances must be taken into consideration.

In several cases, Minoxidil and Propecia can reduce the hair loss, and in some cases this can postpone the need for actual surgery.

I can't give you specific advice on the right time for you to have hair transplant surgery. To do so I would need more information about your situation. I would recommend, that you contact a hair transplant clinic to get personal advice.

However, you should be aware that you can't necessarily predict your own future hair loss just by comparing to your father's situation.

Kind regards

Mazhar Hussain
Specialist doctor in general medicine