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When is the Ideal Age for a Hair Transplant?

If you’ve been considering a hair transplant very recently, it’s likely that you looked in the mirror one day, maybe before bed or after a shower, and noticed a growing widow’s peak. Or maybe thinning hair or excess shedding after combing.

The shock of an unexpectedly receding hairline or bald spot can be quite hard to grapple with. You might have asked yourself: what can I do to prevent further balding? 

Of all the questions you may have about hair loss, the most important one for you might be: Is now the right time to have a hair transplant? 

Everyone is different. There is no ideal age at which you should get a hair transplant, just like there is no ideal age for a tummy tuck or laser hair removal. Some can begin as early as their early 20s.

Many patients, once they’ve had a hair transplant and have seen how relatively easy it is, wish they had done it sooner. But on the other hand, you may not want to jump the gun and start too soon. It’s sometimes smart to wait (only if you are in your early 20s) and see how your hair loss progresses. 

Regardless, you should absolutely consult with a hair transplant expert and go over some key variables.

Your Age 

Male pattern baldness, which affects up to two thirds of American men by the age of 35, can start showing as early as age 18. Typically, we don’t advise you have a hair transplant under the age of 25, even if you’re experiencing early hair loss.

During your 20s your hairline is still forming. What you may think of as a receding hairline may simply be what’s called a mature hairline, which is not quite the same thing as a receding hairline. 

By the middle of your 30s any hair loss you may experience has typically stabilized. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a hair transplant earlier. 

A hair transplant relies on using donor hair from the back of your head. If you opt for a hair transplant too early, you may distribute the donor hair too heavily in one area, leaving little for future restoration. This is a common mistake lesser clinics make.

This also has to do with the natural density of your hair. You want to plan out carefully where to distribute your hair so as to achieve the best overall effect. 

Yet even still, we have had patients as young as 18 with severe hair loss, and seeing their joy at reversing this trend at such an early age is compelling. So again, there isn’t an ideal age for your procedure. We can help you evaluate your hair loss and give advice as to what we think is possible given your hair loss.

What About Beard Transplants? 

Facial hair is often associated with strength, maturity and masculinity. A lack of facial hair or the inability to grow a thick, manly beard can be embarrassing for some men. Their hair might grow very slowly, become wispy rather than full, and have a sparse, patchy appearance instead of growing in a full, uniform way. 

A beard transplant will enhance facial hair symmetry. 

The goal of the hair transplant is to provide a long-lasting and natural result that matches the pattern and texture of hair in the surrounding areas.

Patients seeking beard transplants tend to be younger – partly because beards have become fashionable in recent years, and patchy beards are often an affliction of younger men whose beards do not look ‘mature’. 

Hairline Design

‘How will my new hairline look?’ is one of the most important questions patients ask us when they begin our consultation. 

‘Will it look rounded, symmetrical, asymmetrical, more defined or less defined?’ It is a deep desire to want to know how the cosmetic procedure will look finished before it starts. People have a strong opinion and idea of how they want their new hair to look and move.  

The truth of the matter is there is no one size fits all hairline that Dr. Yazdan, or any top hair transplant surgeon for that matter, tries to create. What looks good for one patient may not look good for another – what makes sense for a young patient with progressive loss may not make sense for an older patient with more ‘stable’ and limited hair loss. 

In other words, hairlines must be carefully considered and customized for each patient. 

A close examination of the direction, sway, swirl and grouping of a patient’s hair will tell us how most naturally to design the new hairline. 

Recovery Time 

While there are no real limitations on what time of year you can have hair transplant surgery, there are several considerations you should take into account. How long it takes for a hair transplant to heal varies from procedure to procedure. 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – our trademark and gold standard – is so popular because it requires practically no healing time. There is no surgical incision and therefore no scar, compared to other methods like the “strip method.” For an FUE you are advised to recover for 5-9 days. 

Your head will be covered with tiny red dots from where the hair follicles were extracted and re-inserted, and there may be a small amount of swelling. While you should feel fit enough to go back to work after just 1-2 days post-op, most of our patients choose to take a week or two off to allow their hair to start growing in again, and the tiny punctures to scab over and fall off.

Start With a Free Consult

No matter how old you are or how much or how little your hair loss has progressed, it’s never the wrong time to get a completely free, no obligation quote. To find out if you are a good candidate and how much a hair transplant tailored to you would cost, simply click the VIRTUAL EVALUATION  button at the top of our website.

We will contact you within one business day to ask additional questions, if necessary, and map out your hair restoration plan. It’s always the perfect time to get started and learn more about the many options you have to achieve a younger look and invest in your confidence.

Dr. Yazdan Named One of the Top Hair Transplant Doctors in the World for Fourth Year

Dr. Yazdan of Modena Hair Institute is honored to once again be numbered among the top hair transplant doctors in the world.

The ranking, published by Ape to Gentleman in an article called “The World’s Top 25 Hair Transplant Surgeons: 2022 Edition,” lists the best hair transplant doctors based on, among other factors:

  1. Level of expertise
  2. Years of experience
  3. Level of artistic and technical skill
  4. Patient advocacy

The article highlights the very niche work Dr. Yazdan has done for over a decade on African American, Asian and body hair transplantation. Hair transplantation is a highly niche and technical field of aesthetic surgery requiring long and careful experience. We are proud to see our technical accomplishments in the area of ethnic hair transplantation get recognized.

The author details that “a crucial element of my recommendations is that all the doctors listed support the message conveyed by the relevant standards and authorities in the field of hair restoration. These guys care about the industry and its ethics, integrity and quality of treatment…”  

As the only IAHRS member in the Orange County and Las Vegas area, Dr. Yazdan’s acceptance into the society means that he has consistently upheld the highest ethical standards, carries exceptional surgical prowess and a visceral commitment to the art and science of hair transplantation.

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.


5 Reasons Why Hair Transplants Fail

Hair can be a very empowering feature. Rather than feel self-conscious and awkward about receding hairlines or hair loss, we now have the option of hair transplant surgery to feel empowered about hair.
While hair transplants are minimally invasive, low-risk procedures, they still should be taken seriously to ensure the best results possible. There are many instances where transplants can fail, and it’s useful for patients to know exactly what factors can determine a successful or unsuccessful procedure.
Let’s look at why some hair transplants fail and how you can avoid it happening to you.

  1.  Inexperienced Surgeons

Inexperienced surgeons are the biggest reason why transplants fail. While the appeal of extravagant advertising or low costs are tempting to clients, inexperienced or unqualified doctors can cause serious damage to the hair and scalp with surgical complications, scarring, or infections.
For example, a common mistake that inexperienced surgeons make is overharvesting. Overharvesting refers to the excessive harvesting of grafts from the donor area. This results in thinning or balding at the donor areas. Choosing an experienced surgeon is vital to avoid overharvesting and ensure the best hair possible for transplant clients.
More experienced doctors understand the safe donor areas for hair transplants. The initial donor area for transplants is the back of a patient’s head, as well as beard or chest hair. Hair used from the proper sites, along with planning and careful transplanting, will give desirable and natural-looking results.

  1. Bad Post-Op Care

While picking an experienced surgeon to perform the hair transplant procedure is crucial, patients also need to take special care in following their doctor’s post-op directions. It is natural for many of us to try to do things “our way” and deviate from professional advice. However, in the case of hair transplants, following a doctor’s post-op care directions can be the difference between successful or unsuccessful results.
The post-op treatment is vital to a successful transplant because of the fragility of the new graft and the scabbed hair shafts. Patients who deal with their hair and scalp gently, heed instructions, and communicate with their doctors are far more likely to have a quick recovery and better results.

  1. Not Being an Ideal Candidate

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for hair transplants. There are a few factors that could disqualify someone.
One of these is unstable hair loss. As the patient continues to lose more hair after the procedure, the hair graft may not be in the proper place or large enough to cover the full balding areas. In this case, it is best to wait until the hair loss stabilizes before seeking a hair transplant.
On the other hand, too much hair loss can also yield unfavorable outcomes. In some cases, the safe donor areas have insufficient follicle numbers to produce a successful graft.If you do not have a sufficient amount of follicles to be extracted from donor areas, the result can be severe thinning in this area.
In some cases, hair loss might only be temporary and thus a transplant would be unnecessary. For example, if your hair loss is due to stress, getting a hair transplant could cause patchy and odd-looking hair in the future as the hair returns.
In any situation, a consultation with an experienced surgeon can help patients determine if they are good candidates for hair transplant surgery.

  1. Dishonest Practices and Misinformation

When considering a hair transplant procedure, patients should research not only different surgeons’ experience levels, but they should also research different clinics and read patient testimonials.
In a ploy to make more money, many hair clinics will push patients to get hair transplants even when they are not good candidates for the procedure. Patients of these clinics are at a much higher risk of having failed transplants. This is why the reputation and patient testimonials of hair clinics should be researched in depth before deciding where to get hair transplant surgery.

  1. Expecting Immediate Results

Some patients are quick to say that their transplant was a failure if they do not see the results they want within a few months. This is a misunderstanding.
The actual transplant surgery is only the first step in the journey to fuller hair. The next and longer step is the recovery process where the hair takes time to grow and thrive. This process can take around 10-12 months after surgery.
While it is normal to want incredible results as soon as possible, it’s best to communicate with your doctor about the timeline of your hair transplant results to avoid misunderstanding.
Getting hair transplants can be an easy and comfortable experience by paying attention to these issues before your procedure. Doing your research and locating an experienced hair surgeon and clinic can help you avoid hair transplant failure. If you’re looking for an experienced hair specialist in Orange County, Las Vegas or Beverly Hills that has produced successful hair transplant results, schedule a consultation with Modena Hair Institute to start working towards the hair you deserve.

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.