Physician Answered Q & As

Is 24 Too Young To Have a Hair Transplant?

I’m 24 years old with what I would consider to be severe hair loss in the front of my scalp. I’ve read that being under 25 might make me too young for a hair transplant. I am currently taking finasteride and have stabilized my hair loss. Am I really too young to have a hair transplant? I just want to look like myself again. Justin

This is a great question. I have a lot of patients between 18 – 26 that ask the same question. I really feel there is no specific age to make someone an appropriate candidate for hair transplantation. I think it depends on many different factors, including your age, the amount of hair loss you have, the pattern of hair loss, your maturity level, and your expectations. Maturity level is important because you have to be realistic and understand that whatever we do, or whatever any hair transplant doctor does at this age is permanent. Whatever results you are going to have, has to look good now, at age 25 or 26 and has to still look good when you are 40 and 50 years old.

You also have to understand that if you do the strip procedure, which most patients are doing at this time, you are going to have a little thin, fine scar in your donor area and you may have a slight limitation as to how short you can cut your hair in the back.


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