Thinning hair or hair loss in men is a significant concern for many, no matter their age. Also known as alopecia, the problem of hair loss for men is often caused by genetic factors leading to something called androgenetic alopecia. On average, 2 out of 3 men experience hair loss before 60, and up to half of all women may experience hair loss as well. Non-genetic factors for hair loss include extreme dieting, stress, and nutritional deficiencies. These causes can be removed and hair growth restored, but unfortunately, if a young man is aware that his family genetic history will predispose him to balding, he will likely need to investigate options such as the Toronto FUE hair transplant or other methods as part of a long-term hair restoration plan.
Do Young Balding Men Need a Long-Term Hair Restoration Plan?
What Is Androgenetic Alopecia?
Surgical Hair Restoration Procedures
As early as age 20, young men often begin thinking about the inevitable when it comes to hair loss. Surgical hair restoration procedures should be approached with caution in very young men, simply because the final hair loss pattern is not fully known, and further thinning or loss of hair may span decades. For men who classify as a type 6 or 7 hair loss patient, the balding will eventually become so extensive that surgically implanting hairs at the hairline may represent an exercise in futility. Though it is difficult to predict what each individual’s hair loss pattern may look like in the future, referring to family history can show the likelihood of specific, extreme patterns of baldness in the men. Some younger men can make good candidates for hair restoration treatments. Minimal evidence of family hair loss is no guarantee of a thick head of hair, but it is a good sign that only thinning or hairline receding may be experienced rather than full scalp balding. Plastic surgeons will often suggest prioritizing the frontal hairline for men who wish to start young and maintain a hair restoration plan. The crown of the scalp has less impact on a person’s appearance and may go unnoticed when thinning for quite some time.
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Development of a Long-term Plan
Discussing the use of medications such as Propecia (finasteride) on a long-term basis with your plastic surgeon may help bolster your plan to stabilize the hairs you have and prevent future loss. In Toronto, hair loss treatment can begin at a young age through education and the development of a long-term plan. At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we will assess you for the causes of your hair loss so that we can determine the best approach for you. Dr. Torgerson has extensive training and expertise in facial, head, and neck surgery as well as in-depth knowledge of the underlying issues of male pattern hair loss and contributing factors. His Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic is at the forefront of innovation and transformation in this field. We invite you to call and set up a private, one-on-one consultation to discuss your hair restoration options.