It is common for many teens to experience hair shedding and sometimes even complete baldness. Reasons for this could be genetics, poor diet, unconscious hair pulling and medications that cause hair loss. So many teenagers wonder if they can opt for a hair transplant surgery and if it is a safe option for them.
The answer unfortunately is no, teenagers are not good candidates for a hair transplant. A good candidate for a hair transplant must possess a number of characteristics such as the cause of their hair loss must be diagnosable, their hair loss should have predictable progression and they must have donor hair that could be harvested to produce valuable hair grafts. Although the cause of hair loss can usually be determined, it can be very difficult for a hair transplant surgeon to precisely predict how the hair loss of a teenager will progress.
This makes it highly difficult for creating natural results of a hair transplant. In addition, the hair may shed again as the shedding process of a younger person would continue for longer, also the chance for performing a hair transplant in the future for a teenager may not be possible as the number of hair grafts available would’ve been reduced.
For this reason, many surgeons do not perform hair transplants on teenagers. However, there is a list of alternatives for teens to follow to reduce hair fall. These are the following:
1) Eating well– The food we eat provides nourishment for our overall body and improves out health. Foods rich in iron, zinc and protein are excellent for nourishing the hair and preventing hair fall.
2) Getting Vitamin D– Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for keeping hair growth functional. Vitamin D can be gotten from the sun. Research suggests that vitamin D stimulates hair growth.
3) Avoid taking stress- One of the causes of hair loss is traction alopecia- that is a condition that results from too much tension being placed on the hair for a prolonged period of time. Doctors suggest patients to do yoga, breathing exercises, running and avoid jobs that make them tense.
4) Avoid tight hair styles- Certain hairstyles such as tight ponytails, hair weaves and dreadlocks may damage the strength and life of hair. In addition, the use of hair products such as straightening creams and certain kinds of gels cause hair fall.
If your hair loss situation is not genetic then following the guidelines above would deeply improve your hair fall situation.