As the demand for hair transplants surges
worldwide, American tabloid, the New York Post has reported a growing trend for teenage boys as young as 16, seeking hair transplants to address their hair loss
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The story suggests that today's teenagers are keen to go under the knife - or robot
- after spotting signs of male hair loss
in photographs shared on social media. These candid shots often show people from angles that would be hard to see otherwise, leading to a hyper-awareness of their looks - a phenomenon known as 'Selfie Culture'.
Speaking of his younger clients, surgeon Dr. Keith Durante told the Post, “Sometimes teens don’t recognize their hair is thinning until they see themselves in photos on Instagram or Facebook at a party. They go, ‘Holy mackerel, that’s me and I have a bald spot I look horrible!’... A lot of these young gentlemen have lost self-esteem. They’re not comfortable in their own skin.”
One teen, who has a hair transplant
scheduled, explained why social media made him feel so bad about his hair loss: “I’ve been the butt of too many jokes... I don’t put pictures on Facebook anymore there were jokes about the way my head looks.” Adding, “I just want to look hot.”
Even the average $17,000 (£11,105) price of a hair transplant in Manhattan does not deter many image-conscious millennials, with rich parents generally footing the bill.
Teenagers and hair loss
Hair transplants are only advisable for adults affected by genetic hair loss or in severe cases of Traction Alopecia
. However, there are a number of hair loss conditions
that can affect teenagers, so it is crucial to get a professional diagnosis first.
Prolonged stressful situations, such as exams, the college or university application process and finding a job, can trigger a temporary form of hair loss known as Telogen Effluvium
which causes the hair to thin all over the scalp. This can also be caused by lifestyle changes
including excessive drinking, smoking and dietary issues
- realistic concerns for teens who like to party or are moving away from home for the first time.
Patchy hair loss following a sudden shock or traumatic event, such as a car crash, can affect anyone at any age and is caused by the autoimmune condition Alopecia Areata
. In mild-to-moderate cases the hair should regrow naturally, but there is no telling when, or if, this will happen, though treatment for Alopecia Areata
can help to speed up hair growth in many cases where it affects the scalp only.
Can teenagers have hair transplants?
In the UK, hair restoration surgeons will generally accept patients who are no younger than 18 years of age. However, top surgeons like Belgravia's hair transplant partner, Dr. Bessam Farjo recommend men wait until they reach 30
years old before considering this type of surgery. It is worth noting that the medically-proven hair loss treatments patients are advised to follow
for six months pre-transplant, and on an on-going basis after surgery.
Teenagers should be careful to distinguish between a maturing hairline
and a receding hairline
too - one is a natural development as a person matures and can affect anyone, not just those with a predisposition to androgenic alopecia; the other is an indicator of hereditary hairloss.
Any teens concerned about their hair should always speak to an expert before deciding on the best course of treatment - if treatment is actually necessary. For those diagnosed with male pattern hair loss, premature balding
can be stopped and lost hair regrown by following a simple course of specially-tailored male hair loss treatments
, depending on the individual's medical suitability and age. Preventative treatment plans are also available, and both types of treatment have produced significant, confidence-restoring regrowth results
for many Belgravia clients - without the need for surgery.