Is There a Right Age for Hair Restoration?

Man looking up

Man looking up

The older you are, the higher your chances of experiencing hair loss. However, hair loss can occur in adult men at any age, with a surprising amount of variation. Some men will have a full head of hair into their sixties, while others begin going bald by the time they hit twenty. Many younger men who experience hair loss might consider hair loss restoration, but there are many different factors that need to be considered before going the surgery route.

Why Do Some Men Go Bald Earlier?

For a lot of men, predicting when they will go bald would bring a lot of ease of mind. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict when someone will begin losing hair or how quickly it will go. Every case is completely different.
However, hair loss with younger men is not uncommon. The general rule is that for any given age, a proportionate percentage of men will experience hair loss. For men in their twenties, roughly 20% will have hair loss, whereas at least half of all men in their fifties will have hair loss. As well, even without balding, it is common for hair to thin somewhat with age.

For men, baldness mostly comes down to genetics. If there is a family history of baldness, that could mean a higher likelihood of a man going bald as well. While there are other factors that can speed up the hair loss process—including smoking, poor diets, excessive stress, and certain medications—once male pattern baldness has begun, it is due to genetics and will likely continue to progress.

What Is the Best Option?

The most effective option for men experiencing hair loss is hair restoration surgery. Hair transplants have become much more advanced since their inception. They can now provide balding men with a full head of natural hair that grows and that will never fall out. This is done by grafting hair from the back of a person’s head onto the balding areas.

Hair transplants are the only proven option that can provide a complete cure for men who have experienced significant balding. They are also, in the long run, much more affordable than topical or prescription treatments. Because of this, many younger men who experience baldness consider hair transplants before other treatments.

When Is the Right Age for Hair Restoration?

When it comes to hair restoration, the right time to begin treatment can depend on a variety of factors.

It is often recommended that young men begin treating their baldness at the first sign of hair loss. This leads many younger men to want hair restoration after they first notice balding. Unfortunately, it can be hard to predict the hair loss pattern during the earliest stages of balding. Hair transplants can address balding areas, but balding could still continue to occur in other areas after the treatment. In such a case, subsequent treatments would be needed to correct the problem.

Generally, the right time for hair restoration depends on how significant the hair loss pattern is. For men in their early twenties, a hair specialist might suggest waiting a few years to see how baldness develops. Typically, men experiencing hair loss who are in their late twenties to early thirties are prime candidates for hair transplant surgery. However, it really depends on the case.

The best way to find out when the right time will be for hair restoration surgery is to see a specialist. By looking at your scalp and at the extent of your hair loss, they can determine what would be the right time to correct the problem.

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is an experienced hair transplant organization located in the heart of Mississauga. We have 20 years of experience in hair transplants, replacements, and hair loss treatment procedures. Feel free to contact us for more information about hair transplants or any other hair or scalp concern at 905-272-0190.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.