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Going bald in your 20s can be quite embarrassing and regaining your hairline with the help of hair transplants is too tempting an offer to let go. But scientists caution that getting a hair transplant at such young age can give rise to problems later on.

Hair transplants at a young age may be a cause of regret at a later stage

It is not only the girls who are worried about their looks. Men are equally vain. They are also very conscious of their looks and can go to any extreme to appear more desirable to the opposite sex. A fine mop of hair forms an important part of one’s look. Falling hair or a receding hair line can be a big cause of embarrassment for both men and women. Premature hair loss in men can shatter their self-confidence and be a cause of low self-esteem. A recent study showed that nine out of ten men are more conscious of their appearance than ever before and if medications fail to arrest their hair fall, they would definitely consider hair transplantation surgery. 

The number of men inquiring about hair transplants has increased by a whopping 260% and number of men travelling to foreign countries in search of cheaper hair transplantation compared to the US has increased by as much as 180%.

Another fact that has come to light is that the age at which hair fall begins has been steadily reducing. More and more young men are facing the problem of hair loss and while it may be easier for older men to come to terms with their hair loss, it is very difficult for young men to cope up with the problem. In their desperation to continue looking young, more men in their 20s are going for hair transplants.

But is it okay for young men to resort to hair transplants? If experts are to be believed, hair transplant surgery in men while they are still in their 20s can have disastrous consequences. This is because the process of hair loss is not complete at that stage and the man who has undergone a hair transplant may continue to lose hair from other areas of his scalp. After some time, the transplanted strip of hair may appear as an isolated island with a bald scalp all around. This may look very unnatural.

Normally, surgeons performing a hair transplant carry out a procedure called as “Follicular unit transplantation (FUT).” In this procedure, a strip of hair, along with the hair follicles, from the back of the scalp, is removed and transplanted in the front. This is because the follicles at the back of the head are permanent and so the hair in this region are never shed off permanently. Surgeons take advantage of this fact and replant them wherever necessary. Suppose a young man undergoes FUT and his hairline is lowered by an inch or so. If he continues to lose hair, the hair on the transplanted strip would remain and beyond that would be an empty space devoid of any hair.

Another problem with men going for a hair transplant in their 20s is that they want the hairstyle to be the same as they had in their teenage years before the hair loss started.

As they often have a limited budget, they often land up at clinics with inexperienced surgeons. The latter may replant the skin from the back of the scalp at the temple regions to achieve the teenage hairstyle. But with subsequent hair loss, the grafts may appear inappropriately positioned as the patient may end up with hairy temples and a bald forehead. Therefore, the doctors caution against hair transplant before men are older than 30 years.

Continue reading after recommendations

  • “Expert warns against hair transplants for men in their 20s,” by Amanda Woerner, published on FoxNews.com on March 7, 2014, accessed on May 26, 2014
  • “Are Men Giving Up On Hair Loss Treatments And Heading Straight For Transplants?” published in The Huffington Post UK on November 7, 2013, accessed on May 26, 2014.
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