It is common for many teens to experience hair shedding and sometimes even complete baldness. Reasons for their hair loss could be genetics, poor diet, unconscious hair pulling, and medications. Many teenagers wonder if they can opt for hair transplant surgery and whether it is a safe option for them?
Is it Recommended for Teenagers?
Unfortunately, teenagers are not good candidates for a hair transplant.
A good candidate for a hair transplant should follow the given criteria:
- The cause of their hair loss must be diagnosable.
- Hair loss should have a predictable progression.
- They must have donor hair that could be harvested to produce valuable hair grafts.
The cause of hair loss can usually be determined. However, it can be challenging for a hair transplant surgeon to precisely predict how the teenager’s hair loss will progress.
This makes it highly difficult for creating natural results of a hair transplant. Besides, the hair may shed again as a younger person’s shedding process would continue for longer. Also, the chance to perform a hair transplant in the future for a teenager may not be possible. It is because the number of hair grafts available would’ve been reduced.
Hair Transplant Alternatives
There are several alternatives to hair transplants for reducing hair loss among teenagers. Some of them are mentioned below:
1) Eating Well
The food we eat provides nourishment for our overall body and improves our 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. Research suggests that vitamin D stimulates hair growth. The best source of vitamin D is the sun. Moreover, vitamin D capsules can also be purchased from pharmacies.
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 do yoga, breathing exercises, running, and avoid jobs that make them tense.
4) Avoid Tight Hairstyles
Certain hairstyles such as tight ponytails, hair weaves, and dreadlocks may damage hair’s strength and life. In addition, hair products such as straightening creams and certain kinds of gels cause hair fall.
If your hair loss situation is not genetic, following the above-mentioned guidelines would improve your hair fall situation.
Even though teenagers(<18 years) are not good candidates for hair transplants, they are equally prone to hair fall. However, it can be treated through alternative hair loss treatment. The individuals who meet the candidacy criteria for hair transplant can consult with our expert surgeons at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery®. We offer a free initial consultation to facilitate you in the best possible manner, so book your appointment now.