For decades now, men have turned to hair transplants as an effective solution to their male hair loss worries. Although the general consensus is that the recommended minimum age for hair transplants is 25, the majority of patients have typically always been middle-aged men. These days, however, times have changed.
There has been a significant increase in the number of younger men seeking hair transplants in recent years. Premature baldness has become a common worry for the younger generation, with many seeking to catch the problem early on. So, should the minimum age be readdressed and are hair transplants really a good option for younger men?
Why are more young men seeking hair transplant procedures?
There are a number of reasons young men are starting to turn to hair transplants over other potential hair loss solutions. Largely, it’s to do with the celebrity effect.
It all started with football legend, Wayne Rooney. After the star went public about his hair transplant, it set in motion a whole new trend. A lot of male celebrities have publicly opened up about their hair transplant procedure and how it has helped them to regain their confidence. So, it’s unsurprising the young men who idolise these male celebrities, would seek the same treatment.
There has also been a drastic shift in the attitude towards cosmetic surgical treatments in the younger generation. It’s no longer taboo for men to undergo procedures to help them look and feel better. Hair transplants have become a popular treatment for hair loss, especially for those suffering from premature balding. They’re considered a ‘quick fix’ treatment option, promising immediate and long-term results.
Is it really a quick fix option?
It’s easy to see why young men view hair transplants as a quick fix option. They’re used to seeing male celebrities disappearing for a short period, then returning with a full, healthy head of hair. It looks like a miracle solution and who wouldn’t want that?
However, hair transplants aren’t necessarily the quick fix you may be hoping for. While initially, patients do experience excellent results, the hair will need to be maintained with clinically proven hair loss treatments. This is because, although the hair transplanted into the balding areas should be immune to the effects of androgenetic hair loss, the hairs surrounding the area are not. This means they will continue to thin and shed, eventually leaving behind additional bald spots.
Without treatment, you would continue to experience progressive male pattern hair loss, eventually requiring another transplant. So, it certainly isn’t the quick fix option young men dream of. In younger men, it’s also difficult to tell how the hair loss will present in the future. This is problematic as the hair transplant could end up providing very unnatural looking results.
So, although hair transplants can be an effective solution to premature balding, in younger patients there are risks involved. It’s also important for younger patients to be aware of the fact that a hair transplant isn’t a quick fix and it might be advisable to explore other hair loss treatment options first.