How Old Do You Have To Be for Hair Transplant?

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What happen when you take hair transplant at too young age?

Theoretically, the result of the transplanted hair can be permanent if it is derived from a safe donor area.

But if you take the treatment too young, it’s difficult for surgeon to determine which area of your scalp that can be a safe donor site.

In other words, there is a chance to choose the wrong donor site. And this can put you at high risk of losing hair into the donor site where grafts (donated hairs) are harvested.

The donated hair follicles, hair, surrounding tissue & skin for hair transplant are medically called grafts. Each graft can contain some hair follicles or only one hair follicle with accompanying some hair shafts /only one hair shaft, surrounding tissues, & skin.

So in general, the younger you are means more difficult for surgeon to make a decision in choosing the donor site. On the other hand, it can be easier if you are at close to the age of 30 or older.

Then, what is your best option?

If you are at early 20s and having hair loss problem, it’s commonly recommended to choose ‘watchful waiting’, particularly true if the problem progresses gradually. Meanwhile, you can take some first aids that can help cope with the problem.

There are some options to choose from. Some that are approved with FDA for the first line of treatment to treat the early onset of baldness in men are Finasteride and Minoxidil.

But if the problem progresses rapidly (the problem doesn’t respond with the use of Finasteride and minoxidil) and you think ‘the watchful-waiting option’ is not appropriate step, see a dermatologist promptly for best advice and more guidance!

How many sessions you will take in hair transplant?

The age of when you take the treatment and the severity of the problem are some major factors that can significantly affect how many sessions you should take.

For instances, if you are at late 30s and still have many good donor areas, you are more likely to require fewer lifetime sessions. And this can be much better if you are now at 50s and still have a relative stable loss.

In gender, women tend to take more sessions than men. A qualified surgeon can determine whether or not you are a good candidate to take hair transplant!

How about with the cost?

The amount of hair that needs to be transplanted can significantly affect how much money you will pay for each session of hair transplant. However, the cost also can vary from clinic to clinic.

But generally, it can range from $4,000 to $15,000. The bad news, it is usually not covered by your insurance [2].

Therefore, it is important to completely learn the pros and cons before taking the treatment! And before taking it, make sure you completely understand the risks that may occur after the treatment!

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