While hair transplants might be more usually associated with older men who are suffering from Male Pattern Baldness, a growing number of younger men are also undergoing the surgical procedure, even before their 30th birthday. At 25, footballer Wayne Rooney has recently become the celebrity face of hair transplants. But is it really a good idea to have a hair transplant at such a young age?
Doctor Bessam Farjo, a leading UK hair transplant surgeon, says it isn’t. Speaking to the BBC’s Newsbeat, he warned that men are having hair transplants at too early an age, and that not enough is done to educate them about the risks of doing so. In particular, he says that men under 25 should steer clear of hair transplant procedures, and ideally use preventative treatments which will avoid the necessity for needing a hair transplant in the future.
“If you have the surgery too early and you go bald, you don’t have enough hair to keep chasing the hair loss. You can end up with isolated patches of hair. You could end up with hairy temples and a bald forehead which isn’t pretty but is also hard to fix.”
Dr. Farjo is not alone in his belief that young men should avoid hair transplants. Of the 16 other hair transplant surgeons the BBC asked, 13 said that they agreed with him, and would rather not carry out transplants on younger men.
Early cases of Male Pattern Baldness
It has been estimated that half of all men in the UK will suffer from Male Pattern Baldness to some extent by the time they reach 50. But for some, it can start in their early twenties, or even their late teens. Many wish to remedy their premature hair loss, and are driven by our image-conscious society to seek treatment for their receding hairline or thinning hair.
What treatment is suitable for young men with male pattern baldness?
There are two pharmaceutical products which have been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness. Propecia and Minoxidil are the only pharmaceutical methods for treating genetic hair loss which have been licensed here in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and approved in the US by the FDA. At the Belgravia Centre these are used in conjunction with booster products treatments such as Hair Vitalics and the LaserComb. For mild to moderate cases of hair loss, regrowth treatments can be just as effective, if not more effective than a hair transplant, without having to fork out the same expense and without having to undertake a surgery procedure. Belgravia’s Success Stories are there to back this fact up.
By using a specially tailored programme based around Propecia and / or one ore more form of Minoxidil, as well as other supportive treatments, we have helped tens of thousands of individuals, both young and old, to prevent further hair loss and re-grow the hair they have lost. And all without the need for risky invasive surgery, or the massive costs associated with it.
If you’re suffering from Male Pattern Baldness or any other hair loss condition, contact us for a consultation to see how we can help. Alternatively, fill in our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment programme that can be used anywhere in the world.