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What Is The Ideal Age For Hair Transplant?

Hair loss affects men and women of all age groups. In worst cases, the bald patches start to become visible in early 20s. It's disastrous, but no one is to blame except your genes. As time passes by, the patches get wider and wider, leading to partial or complete hair loss by the age of 40 or 50. Here comes the question: what is the right age for going for a hair transplant surgery like Follicular Unit Hair Transplants (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

According to leading hair transplant specialists, the ideal age for hair transplant is 40 and above. This is the time the baldness sets in, so patients can get the right transplant for them. On the other hand, if hair transplants are done in a setting where the surrounding hair may get progressively lost, it can lead to an unnatural appearance. This is what happens with young candidates. The transplanted hair grows with full vigor, while the hair on the surrounding area gets thinner and thinner. For this reason, hair transplant is not suggested for young men with congenital alopecia. There are solutions, however. Such patients are advised to take medications like Propecia/Minoxidil which helps in stabilizing their male pattern baldness. Once the results are established by an experienced hair transplant surgeon, the candidate can sit for any kind of hair transplant – FUT or FUE.

Several other factors need to be considered before finalizing a patient as a prospective candidate for FUE or FUT. First and foremost, the surgeon will study the patient's family history to understand the pattern of the baldness that is likely to affect the patient. Depending on this evaluation, the time of the hair transplant can be fixed. They may also consider the socio-economic factors of the patient. Elders in their late 30s or early 40s usually are financially stable, so patients in this age group are considered prospective candidates for these costlier procedures.

Another key consideration is the amount of hair in the donor area. During hair transplant, the donor hair follicles are extracted from the back of the scalp of the patient. The amount of hair you can transplant is determined by the amount of healthy hair available in the donor area. This means that if your family is suffering from complete baldness, you may not be the ideal candidate for hair transplant as there will be no hair in the donor area for future transplants if required.

The ideal candidate for hair transplant would be those in their 40s who has experienced gradual hair loss and whose relatives have suffered partial hair loss. However, this doesn't imply that people from other age groups or category are not eligible for hair transplant. They can, but it should be done after consultation with qualified hair transplant experts.

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