Hey doc, I have just found your website and have enjoyed it tremendously. I am 23 and have noticed my hair thinning since I entered college at 18. I tried Propecia but grew impatient. I wish I would have stuck with it but I chose to stop. I have lost enough hair now that I am fairly thin on top and towards the front. I was curious if you would recommend a transplant for someone so young. I am on the bubble about this, but I think that for my mental well being and career that really it is my only option. I am constantly unhappy with my looks and miss dating a lot. Truly the only real thing holding my back is the price, I would do it tomorrow but I just truly do not have enough saved. I think I would need extensive graphs to restore what I have lost. I have only looked into Bosley because it is the most popular and respected name. Would you recommend them or should I look elsewhere? I am very afraid of a poor surgery where I come out looking like a fool for the rest of my life because of some doctors weak job on my head. Thank you so much for your time.
You must be careful that you are not body dysmorphic. Dating and hair loss relate with regard to self-confidence certainly, but losing your hair should not be an excuse to stop living. Your points about career, mental well being, dating, happiness, (I can go on and on) are good reasons many people try to either hold on to their hair, or if they can not or have lost it, they can get it back with good medications or hair restoration surgery. Now with that said, you need to first get a diagnosis established, your scalp mapped out for miniaturization and the pattern of hair loss that you may develop. Many good medical hair restoration practices, such as Bosley or NHI, can supply a good working diagnosis for you. It is important that you find a hair restoration clinic that you feel comfortable with, and that you feel will give you the results you are looking for. I would not go somewhere based solely on marketing. Do your research.
There is much in this blog about how to shop for hair transplants (my lengthy post from earlier today, The Truth About Cheap Hair Transplants, is a good start), because budget minded people need to understand the entire shopping experience. With a diagnosis in hand, you may find out that you can reverse it (if you have it) with something as simple as Propecia (one pill a day), which works well for many young men. Be careful of the sale pressures to make you buy a hair transplant before you do your comparative shopping and before you know what is wrong with your hair. Knowledge is power, and you as a buyer are very powerful in determining your fate and the status of your hair for much of your life.