Ask the doctor: Hair loss at a very young age


Question

Regular user
Author anonym_123
Submitted: 05-08-2006

 

Hair loss at a very young age

I'm a 15 year old boy, who's already starting to develop a bald spot. On all the websites I've visited, it says that hair loss usually begins at the age of 20-30.

But my hair loss has already begun. Should/can I do anything about this?

Reply

Doctor/Dentist
Author Mazhar Hussain
Submitted: 25-09-2006
Clinic My Hair Clinic
Education Speciallęge i almen medicin

 

Hello

It is correct, as you write, that most men experience visible hair loss in their early twenties. In many of these cases, the hair loss has actually begun already at the beginning of their teens. But the hair loss only becomes apparent to the person and his surroundings, when it has reached a certain extent, and this could take several years.

In your case the visible hair loss in the shape of a bald spot has surely come early, but unfortunately this is not uncommon.

To get advice on the prospect of treatment, you would have to be examined by a professional. However, I would advise you to read my reply to a question about a similar problem:

http://mylooks.co.uk/ask-the-doctor/6

During a consultation, many factors would be taken into consideration, including baldness in the family, whether the bald spot is completely isolated, or if your hairline is also receding, etc.

I can't give you specific advice, but for a person in your age I would generally recommend medicinal treatment with Finasteride and/or Minoxidil, as well as scalp massage, in order to postpone actual hair transplant surgery.

For more personal advice, you should consult a doctor. Such a consultation could take place in person or by e-mail.


Sincerely

Mohammad Mazhar Hussain
Specialist doctor in general medicine