As an aesthetic surgical procedure, hair transplants have changed the lives of many individuals who have suffered with hair loss. The use of follicular unit grafting in hair transplant procedures has greatly accelerated its popularity and witnessed thousands of success stories in the process. Furthermore, the procedure offers more natural looking results and much higher levels of satisfaction among many past patients. During recent years, age-related hair loss has become a huge concern among younger individuals.
Do You like what You see in the Mirror?
Today, there are many individuals in their mid to late 20’s who’ve noticed significant hair loss and thinning. Since many younger people consider their hair a major factor where their appearance is concerned, the loss of hair or thinning in the front and top areas of the scalp can have psychological consequences. Many hair transplant patients will tell you that they are more confident, have better self-esteem, and have gained a renewed sense of self-worth. In other words, they like who they see in the mirror each day.
A few Words about the Procedure
During a hair transplant procedure, the surgeon typically removes hair from the densest area of the scalp. In the majority of patients, this is the back of the scalp. However, it can be removed from the beard or chest hair of the patient as well. The surgeon then transplants the hair to the bald or thinning areas of the patient’s scalp where it can grow naturally. Depending on the size of the bald or thinning area of the scalp, the procedure usually lasts between 5 and 6 hours.
Are there Age Requirements?
Because it’s possible that certain areas of the patients scalp will go bald or start thinning later on in life, most hair transplant surgeons recommend not performing the procedure until the patient is a minimum of 24 years of age. There are two exceptions:
- if the patient has Grade IV baldness or higher
- if the patient is suffering severe anxiety
Many transplant specialists feel that they’ll miss certain areas that will start balding and thinning in the future if the procedure is performed too early in the patient’s life. In some cases, you can delay having the procedure done with medical treatments. While there are a number of these treatments available today for young patients, it is always best to consult with a hair loss specialist or hair transplant surgeon first. They understand that each patient is different and will respond to the treatment differently. That is why there is not one treatment that maybe applicable to everyone and that is why varied methods are used to check and evaluate the level of hair loss before starting treatment. Call Dr. Pistone Today for a free consultation.