It was a headline designed to shock: "Balding teens spending thousands on hair transplants." The story in the New York Post discussed a few teenage boys who coaxed their wealthy parents to cover the cost of a hair restoration surgery to help reverse early signs of hair loss. If you are a teenager and are dealing with early signs of male pattern baldness, you might wonder if a hair transplant is the best option for you at the moment. It’s not. Before you decide on surgery, there are a number of things you want to think about.
At the first signs of hair loss, it’s natural to want to point fingers at something, anything, and blame it for your newly thinning hair. While hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons — from a shock to your system, to a medical problem such as an over or underactive thyroid, to your genes and male pattern baldness — there are some common myths associated hair loss that really have nothing to do with it.
If you’re starting to lose your hair or have lost a significant amount already, the best thing to do is see a hair restoration specialist, such as Dr. Jeffrey Epstein. He can help you determine what’s really behind your hair loss and recommend the treatment that will provide the best results.
Some forms of alopecia are completely beyond your control, such as alopecia areata, which is a type of autoimmune disorder, or androgenetic alopecia, which is male or female pattern baldness. Other types of alopecia, most notably traction alopecia, can be within your control or within your ability to put a stop to, since it is caused by an external force on your hair follicles. While there are cases when traction alopecia can reverse itself and your hair can grow back, in other instances, a more permanent solution might be needed.
The history of hair restoration, at least as it’s performed today, is a brief one, dating back just over half a century. While hair transplants have been around for a brief amount of time, the procedure has seen a great deal of evolution since its early days. Earlier techniques produced results that were not aesthetically pleasing, not natural appearing. Continued evolution of the techniques used during hair transplantation has lead to the development of automated devices to harvest the grafts from a person’s scalp. With the development of these automated devices comes the question, will the human touch soon be a thing of the past when in comes to hair restoration?
Transgender patients make up an important part of our surgical practice and they come to our offices from all around the world. The most common hair procedures our transgender patients request are scalp, beard, and body hair transplantation.
We do not live in a world where this is taboo anymore. The latest example is Caitlyn Jenner—formerly known as Bruce Jenner, Olympic star athlete and star of the hit reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Over the past couple of years, the Kardashian girls have gained so much public attention and the last event of gender transformation in their stepfather certainly filled the front pages of almost every gossip magazine.
If they say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, you might be wondering if it makes more sense to try to prevent hair loss, rather than to treat it with hair restoration or another method once it occurs. While preventative measures can be helpful, it’s important to remember that not all types of hair loss can be avoided. What you can do to keep your hair from thinning depends on the type of hair loss or shedding you are dealing with.
When you hear people talk about hair loss, they may use the word alopecia. While alopecia might bring to mind a certain type of hair loss, it’s actually a general term. Derived from the ancient Greek word for “fox mange,” or the loss of fur on a fox, alopecia simply refers to hair loss of any type, whether it’s caused by your genes, an overactive immune system, or an external stressor. Some types of hair loss might have the word alopecia in their names while others might not, but all types of a hair loss are technically a type of alopecia.
Everyone sheds hair every day. But when you have a family history of male pattern baldness or have recently had a hair transplant, seeing any hair fall out of your scalp can be a bit alarming. There are some ways to tell if what you’re dealing with is just normal, everyday shedding or if it’s a more serious issue that a hair restoration surgeon should look at.
What is Normal Shedding?
On an average day, people who aren’t dealing with a type of hair loss can shed as many as 100 strands of hair. Shedding is part of the growth cycle of hair. While some mammals shed their hair on a seasonal schedule, in humans, the shedding process is random, meaning that some days you might naturally shed more hair than other days.
After shaving one’s head, a person might learn that he or she just doesn’t have the head shape to carry off a buzzed cut. Since hair can be a substantial part of someone’s identity, shaving it off can be traumatizing.
So if you are thinking of having a hair transplant and the main thing that is stopping you is the idea that you might have to shave your head, don’t worry. In many cases, the surgery is performed without shaving a patient’s head completely bald.
While a healthy head of hair is pretty much always in style, trends for body hair tend to come and go. For a while, it seemed as though everyone was waxing or shaving their chest, creating a smooth look. The hair-free look was quite the opposite of the style favored a few decades ago, when a hairy chest was in vogue.
If you have chest hair, it could come in handy if you start to experience hair loss on your scalp. While in most cases hair restoration is performed by transplanting hair from the back or sides of the head to the balding areas on top, there might be some instances when transplanting hair from the chest, or another part of the body, might make more sense.