Physician Answered Q & As

Are Hair Transplants Appropriate If You Are Only Experiencing Frontal Hair Loss?

I began to notice my hairline receding about 5 years ago at the age of 24, At the time I just thought it was normal and didn’t think to much about it. I kind of regret that now because my looks have changed a lot and my hair loss is about 2 inches higher then it was when I first noticed it. What do you recommend for a person my age and are hair transplants appropriate if I am just losing hair in the front? – Adrian

Dear Adrian,

Although the side effects of Finasteride are being closely scrutinized, you may have benefited from trying it when you were 24. Now that you have the frontal loss at 29, the only way you’ll get the hairline back would be with hair transplants or a toupee. Of course, ongoing hair loss is still a very important consideration for you and you should seriously consider Finasteride at this point.

Unfortunately, predicting the future of you hair loss is very challenging. We may be able to get some clues based upon other people in your family and we might also learn something by examining the quality of your hair and scalp. If you ultimately decide to proceed with a transplant, a number of variables will determine your results and either photos, a virtual consult, or a visit in person can help to clarify. Be aware, at age 29, you are still on the young side and I urge you to go with a higher-rather than lower- hairline. Your hair transplant surgeon should correctly advise you, but do yourself a favor and be content with a relatively higher hairline. This will look more natural and will leave you in a favorable position if you continue to lose hair.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with comfortably watching you hairline recede naturally and postponing any decisions for several years. I hope this information is helpful, all the best.


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