I read your posts everyday and I would like to thank you for educating me and keeping me up to date. I’ve noticed several different times that you say there is no official age limit for a hair transplant. I would agree. I’m 21 years old and I had a hair transplant 10 months ago. For the first six months things did move pretty slowly but I would like to say things are going great now. My hair is looking better than it has in years and should continue to get even better. At the time of the transplant my hair loss was an advanced Norwood 3. I had been on propecia for 12 months. My density is slightly above average and I have a lighter medium course hair. With all that being said I still don’t know if my doctor would have performed surgery on me had I not been as educated as I was.
My biggest piece of advice for all of the younger readers out there who are serious about getting a hair transplant is you have to be informed and know what you’re getting into. You have to understand the process; see if your hair loss is more than just a maturing hairline, find out how good of a candidate you are for the surgery and be able somehow finance it. Also, find a good caring doctor.
Obviously, if a teenager doesn’t like his maturing hairline, that doesn’t make him a candidate for surgery… but the “rules” about minimum age for hair transplantation are flexible to a point. As a physician, I won’t perform a procedure that wouldn’t be in the best interest of the patient down the line. Not all doctors follow these same guidelines, but educating yourself is key to not becoming a victim. Nobody should ever rush into a hair transplant, because this is a permanent procedure! I’m glad you found the site helpful and I hope your grafts grow in nicely.