I’m 33 and my hairline has been slowly receding over the last 10 years. By slowly, I mean very slowly. I never even gave it much thought until about a year ago. Within the last 2 months, my hair started shedding without any real reason. I went to my doctor to make sure there wasn’t any serious issue causing the hair loss and all my tests came out negative.
I don’t want to lose my hair and am now considering hair transplants. My question is: when should I get them? Do I need to wait until I’m bald?
First, I would ask if you have been losing hair for a long time and just noticed it. That would be evident if you already have one of the balding patterns (see Norwood Classes). If you are considering hair transplants because of one of these patterns, you should set an appointment with a hair transplant doctor for a formal consultation to map your hair loss for a href=”https://newhair.com/baldingblog/2006/02/07/hair-mapping-for-miniaturization/”>miniaturization to find out if you have male pattern balding. There may be other options that your doctor may recommend, such as taking a medication called Propecia (finasteride). You do not need to wait until you are bald to start this medication and if you have early hair loss, then this drug may reverse it. Not using Propecia would be similar to waiting for a heart attack before you start doing something about coronary artery disease. Perhaps not as drastic, but you get the idea. Then again, I am often surprised that hair loss can sometimes be a life and death matter to some people.
A hair transplant should not be your first option. Get a diagnosis first, determine if the hair loss is reversible with a drug like Propecia and then if the hair loss is cosmetically a problem and does not respond to Propecia or if the hair loss has gone too far, then and only then should a transplant be considered.