Question: I am currently a client at The Belgravia Centre and I am very young (early 20s). I was wondering would it be feasible for me to carry out a hair transplant like Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) to have a stronger hairline and still commit to Propecia treatment afterwards to maintain the rest of my hair.
Answer: There are a number of reasons why most specialists would not be keen on recommending a hair transplant for you at this stage:
1. You are young. Many specialists tend not to recommend hair transplants to younger men because the pattern and extent of hair loss is still unknown, and you do not know how you might feel 10 to 15 years down the track. Because you are young, it is normal that you are conscious about your appearance, but once you’ve had the surgery there’s no going back – you can’t reverse the transplant if you later decide it was not a good idea.
2. As you know, medical hair loss treatments are often required following a transplant to maintain the new hair growth. At this stage it may be easy for you to say that you will keep up with the Propecia but there are instances where you might not be able to do so, such as when trying for a family, medical reasons or financial circumstances. The initial procedure could be useless if this were the case.
3. Again, because you are young you may require further transplants down the line if the harvested follicles are eventually affected by DHT. As there is a limit to how many procedures one can have, there is the possibility you may exhaust your allotment by the time you’re in your 40s.
Hair transplants are suitable for some, but rarely do are they recommend to young men with male pattern baldness. For now, give the treatment a chance. Stick to it and see how good the results prove to be with you. You may decide that you don’t require surgery, and if later you are still interested, we can cross that bridge when you come to it.