Thinning hair begins at a different age for everyone. In fact, we see many hair restoration patients at our Long Island practice in their 30s and younger. Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), the most common cause of hair loss, is a condition that can even affect men in their early 20s. And according to the American Hair Loss Association, 25 percent of men will have noticeable hair loss by the time they turn 35.
The good news for younger men concerned about thinning hair: The advanced hair restoration techniques available today create results that look natural. The days of hair plugs and a “doll’s head” appearance are long gone. The automated NeoGraft® hair transplant treatment represents a significant breakthrough in hair restoration for men of all ages, as I mentioned in this previous blog post, but it’s especially attractive to younger men experienced hair loss for a number of reasons.
Treatment results last a lifetime.
NeoGraft results are considered permanent. The treatment is highly effective, and the transplanted hair follicles become a permanent part of your scalp. They continue to grow as part of the normal hair growth cycle because they have the same genetic programming as the hair at the back of your head. The survival rate of hair follicles transplanted using the NeoGraft system is quite high (about 95 percent), and most patients see results that last the rest of their lives.
NeoGraft works on thinning hair.
Men become good candidates for NeoGraft treatments well before going completely bald in the recipient site, and men with thinning hair also benefit. That means patients experiencing hair loss in their 20s can undergo hair restoration treatments before the balding area becomes more noticeable. I’ve outlined the steps involved in undergoing a NeoGraft procedure in this post.
Patients can maintain results at home.
Home treatments make maintaining the NeoGraft results simple. Over-the-counter hair restoration methods such as minoxidil (Rogaine®) can help maintain your results.
While the NeoGraft procedure transplants hair follicles that are genetically resistant to the hormone that causes hair loss, the loss of other hair can continue. Some younger hair restoration patients may need touch-up procedures at some point in the future, as well, if thinning continues to advance.