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Why aren't hair transplants commonly done before 25?

Hair transplants are rarely done before 25 in men

Hair transplants are rarely done before 25 because it's in the best interest of the patient to wait. 

A patient generally has in the back of the scalp only a limited number of hairs to move in his lifetime (i.e. hairs available to transplant). It may be 0. It may be 8000. That's a huge range I know. The older a patient gets the easier it is for his physician to tell him if the number is 0 or 8000. Only a small percent of men have 0 available - and these are men with a type of balding called diffuse unpatterned alopecia. 

By age 25-30, the patient will get a much better sense of where on this scale from 0 to 8000 he falls. If he only has 4000 available, most men want to reserve as many of these precious grafts as possible to place somewhere in the middle of the scalp, rather than use them up in a location like the temples or lowering the hairline. It's normal to want to get hair back. It's normal to want to consider a hair transplant to fix this.

My advice to young men wanting hair transplants

Let an experienced surgeon guide you and hold you back until the right time. 


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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