Young Men and Hair Transplants

It is clear to see that these days’ men are feeling a lot more comfortable with the idea of hair transplants and we are seeing a lot more famous men embracing the procedure every day.

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The most common source of celebrity reference to hair transplants is Wayne Rooney with his name being mentioned by many of our hair transplants patients who come in for their initial consultations. Other top celebrity mentions include the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Calum Best, James Nesbitt and more recently – George Sampson & Lloyd Daniels

You may remember George Sampson as the 14 year old who won the second series of Britain’s Got Talent and Lloyd Daniels who was the youngest act on The X Factor in 2009 aged 15 so it may have come as a bit of a shock to see them both, now at the age of 23 – sporting bald heads after a seemingly successful hair transplants.

George took to twitter before the procedure to let his followers know stating that his hair loss has been a result of alopecia which was caused by stress and the loss of a family member, genetics and head spinning.

Lloyd similarly took to social media letting his followers know that he was preparing for the procedure and that he had always been uncomfortable with his hairline since his early teens.

It may seem like a rash decision to some being only 23 in age but they have both have put posts out on social media discussing their frustrations over spending so much time on their hair for the purpose of covering up their receding hairlines and balding too in George’s case.

 “’I’ve decided I’ve had enough of that. I want my own hair. I am only 23 and balding seems like something which happens to older men. “– George Sampson

We found George’s and Lloyd’s stories quite interesting here at The Private Clinic and decided to speak to some of our cosmetic surgeons that offer hair restoration about the reducing age of many of hair transplant patients.

Dr Michail Mouzakis

There is no age limitation about having your first transplant but every time that you have a session it will use part of your available donor area, which can be limited in your lifetime.

Moreover when you are less than 30 the hair loss can be quite fast because of the increased hormone levels in the blood stream

The pattern of the hair loss becomes more stable after your 50s when your testosterone levels are significantly reduced.

Testosterone is the main reason for male pattern hair loss. You are at your peak in your 20s before it starts to decline through your 30s. Interestingly there is a recent paper in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism which concludes that men actually have reduced levels of testosterone now compared to 10 years ago – This can really affect the hair loss issue.

Every time a younger male has a procedure there is a risk that you may need a revision operation in order to increase density or restore gaps in the adjacent areas. These gaps have the tendency to flare up rapidly in those who are younger.

I insist that all hair restorations should be offered and performed by clinicians that have significant training in surgery and a solid background in treating patients because hair loss is not just a cosmetic procedure but it is a medical condition and the patient should be following specific steps of diagnosis and the guidelines of proper treatment.

When I meet a young patient I firstly try to pursue the correct diagnosis by asking him first to see our trichologist team who will do essential blood tests and run diagnostic tests.

My aim is to give long lasting natural results and not to put my patients into trouble after 5, 10 or 15 years.

Dr Mark Tam

Those who follow our Blog at The Private Clinic will know that we had already mentioned some of the ages when some of the well-known football heroes had their hair transplant.

Yes, it seems that there is a trend that younger patient are also exploring hair transplant as a treatment options. But when assessing one’s suitability for a hair transplant, age is merely one of the many factors I would take into consideration when offering hair transplant treatment. I would not totally rule out a hair transplant treatment, simply because they are ‘young’, nor I would proceed a hair transplant treatment for someone who is simply ‘old enough’

Let me give you an example:

Last week I saw a gentlemen who is in his late 40’s suffer from slight receding hairline with minimal family history of hair loss, he had been using medication to address his receding hairline and had seen it stabilized over the years and planning to continue. While this may be a textbook example of stabilized hair loss, when I explore his desired outcome and hairline design, it turn out that we had totally different ideas of what a natural looking, age appropriate and facial proportional hairline would look like. I said no to him based on his unrealistic expectations.

I recently saw a patient in his 20’s who had been experiencing hair loss. He came to see me with both of his parents to explore his options in treating his receding hairline. Like many other patients he had been doing research online, he had started on medications and had been thinking about a hair transplant and had been turn down by a few clinics purely because of his age. He had a good understanding of the pros & cons and the limitation of a hair transplant treatment at his age, and what it means for him in the longer term. I said yes to him based on his thorough understanding of his treatment options.

Age is only one of the many factors when patients considering a hair transplant as a treatment options. I consider each and every patient individually, taking into consideration of their hair loss potential, circumstances, psychological aspect, views on medications and further procedures. Like many other elective procedures, one of our roles is to ensure our patient understands and make an informed decision.

I would not say “yes, I will treat you” if you are above certain age or say “No, I won’t treat you” if you are under certain age.  Of course our clinic is only approved to treat adults over 18 years of age so there are certain limitations.

Dr Kouremada Zioga

A patient looking at hair transplants would need to be at least 18 years old to even be considered. It is generally recommended that younger patients suffering from hair loss should initially be offered medication or trichology treatments first, medications such as Minoxidil and Finasteride work very well.

There is not really a ‘best age’ for a hair transplant as this depends on the area affected and on the quality of the donor area. There are a certain amount of risks for a younger hair transplant patient in particular including the fact that as younger guy you are potentially going to continue losing your hair at a later date so you are more likely to need a further procedure later on. A good hair transplant surgeon should take this into consideration and put a safe plan for life to try and get a good and natural looking result for life – this includes controlling the distribution of the newly implanted hair, the density, the design and how many hairs are going to be harvested in order to ensure an adequate amount of hair will be left for future uses. These critical differences can make all the difference which is why it is highly important for a patient to choose an experienced and reputable doctor in order to perform the procedure.

A bigger risk for younger patients is undergoing a bad hair transplant and messing up their donor area meaning there is not enough hair to be used in the future and their results are also very unnatural looking.

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic’s Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration surgeons have the most extensive experience in treating Male Pattern Baldness with the minimally-invasive, no visible scarring, no stitch technique known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplantation.

Hair transplant treatments are available at The Private Clinic London Harley Street, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Northampton. However, we offer hair transplant consultations across the UK.

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