Hair loss in young men
August 21, 2018 | By Dr. Sangay Bhutia (Hair Transplant Specialist in Delhi)
'Bald Bill' jokes are quite common among young balding men. Making jokes about their baldness in social situations is one way to deal with and acknowledge the trauma of baldness at a young age and also appear confident.
Hair loss makes a significant difference to how we look, and at a time when the pressure to look your best is immense, young men don't want to let it affect their confidence. How one looks is not just important in our personal or social lives, but in our professional lives as well. In fact, jobs in hospitality, media, marketing and sales, or any client facing job for that matter, require you to look good and be well groomed. Moreover, the advent of social media has only added to the pressure.
Researchers have studied patterns and trends which say that young men in today’s day and age are losing hair a lot more rapidly than their father's generation. And the way we live our lives is contributing immensely to this growing trend - irregular sleeping patterns, night shifts, stress, hormonal changes, smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse and nutritional deficiencies are some of the important reasons.
Other than lifestyle disorders, a genetic condition - Androgenic alopecia - can cause the hairline to recede from the front and crown of the scalp, and can lead to complete baldness overtime. Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness can set in as early as the teens or early twenties.
This is also the age when young men are thinking about marriage and starting a family. They need to be self-assured, secure in their being, look their finest and be comfortable in social interactions. Hair loss and baldness can be a major dampener and extremely traumatic for young men – losing hair at a young age can lead to low self-esteem, lack of confidence, inadequate participation in social events, and in some extreme cases, depression. This not only affects their personal life, but can also push them back professionally – self-doubt and unassertiveness can reflect poorly and can lead to professional marginalisation.
The question then is, what do young men do as and when hair loss or baldness sets in? Hair transplant or restoration presents a very viable solution. Hair transplant procedures like FUE (Follicular unit extraction) and FUT (Follicular unit transplantation) are extremely advanced, and men in their twenties and early thirties don’t have to wait to get them done.
These are pain free procedures and are minimally invasive. The scarring is barely noticeable after a few days and in about 9 months to a year, the new hair starts to grow like normal hair. The results of hair transplant are aesthetically pleasing and appear natural, so you don’t have to worry about it looking fake or out of place. Extreme care is taken by surgeons to create a natural looking hairline. It is done with extreme precision and in keeping with the shape of head and the face.
Hair restoration is becoming very popular among young men in metropolitans and especially in Delhi. The number of young men (mostly in their 20’s and 30’s) going for hair restoration has increased exponentially. And understandably so, this is their prime – young men would not let hair loss and baldness come in the way of their success and future prospects.
Delhi gives treatment seekers a unique advantage - the availability of some reputed clinics, and very affordable prices. Hair restoration clinics in Delhi have built an excellent reputation with clients all across the world. The surgeons are skilled and experienced who have helped hundreds of patients regain their natural look through successful transplant procedures. And it must be said that the success of the procedure is dependent upon skilled and experienced hands.
The consensus among surgeons is that it is absolutely fine to get a hair transplant after about 25 years of age. In a patient younger than that, it might be difficult to assess and determine the stability of the donor area, which is the rear and sides of the head where hair follicles are harvested from.
To make the transplant look natural and aesthetically pleasing, it is advised that patients wait till they are about 25. That will help surgeons gauge and determine the degree of baldness and prescribe the most appropriate procedure.