It’s estimated that 6.5 million men and 70% of women over 70 in the UK suffer from hair loss. It can be a confusing experience for many people and they’re likely to have many questions, including: What hair loss treatments are available to me? What is the best age to have a hair transplant? The truth is, the ‘right time’ to get a hair transplant depends on many factors, including the rate of hair loss and the underlying cause of the baldness; as a general rule, surgeons suggest that patients wait until they’re around 25-30 before getting the procedure for themselves.
What happens during an FUE hair transplant?
The most popular and effective hair transplant for people of all ages is the follicular unit excision (FUE) process. During the procedure, individual hair follicles are taken from the back of the head and strategically placed where the hair is thinning.
What happens if you get an FUE hair transplant too early?
If you get a hair transplant in your early twenties, it can cause you a lot more trouble in the long run; once the follicles are embedded, a hair transplant is tricky to fix. It’s also a lot harder for surgeons to distinguish your balding pattern and how your hair is going to recede; you could end up with patchy results as you grow older, as your hair remains thick at the crown but uneven and thin on other parts of your scalp.
Is it ever too late to get an FUE hair transplant?
If you wait until your late forties and beyond, the hair loss might be too advanced to fix- especially if you have advanced balding. There’s a limited amount of hairs that surgeons can harvest to keep the results looking natural; it’s also important to note that you can’t use donated follicles from other people, as your body will reject any DNA that isn’t your own. Also, leaving it too late isn’t ideal for patients who want the transplant to be subtle, as they will leave the clinic with noticeably more hair than when they entered.
Still unsure if it’s the right time to have a hair transplant? Book a consultation with an expert who can talk you through your options.