If you’ve been struggling with thinning hair, you might think that a hair transplant could fix all your problems.
It’s one thing to think that when you’re in your 40s or 50s, but if you’re still in your mid-20s and are already thinking about a hair transplant, you might want to wait – and here are a few key reasons why.
1. More Income
First and foremost, quality hair transplant is expensive.
At best, you’re looking at least around $2000, and that’s for comparatively minor transplants in regions such as Greece and Turkey where they are performed at much more affordable rates than the United States and the United Kingdom.
Realistically, you’re probably looking at a high four-figure price, and it could be several thousands of dollars at that.
What’s more, that does not even cover the cost of actually getting to these clinics.
As stated, Greece and Turkey may be less expensive than the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of the average price of hair transplants, but getting there can still cost hundreds of pounds or dollars.
Twenty-somethings are not famed for having vast amounts of disposable income.
The past dozen years have been particularly harsh for young job seekers entering the workplace, so the chances of your getting the money necessary for a quality hair transplant at that age may be as slim as the hair follicles concerned.
Wait until you’re a little older and have more income to spend on a proper procedure.
2.Is your hair loss rate stable?
Will your current rate of hair loss stabilise in the near future?
It is perfectly possible.
And most good clinics won’t consider you for a procedure anyway, until your hair loss stabilises.
Before wasting thousands of dollars you may not have and causing yourself more stress, see a doctor, and make sure that the cause of your hair loss isn’t preventable.
Sometimes it can be due to lifestyle and possibly even stress.
A simple shampoo or stress relief techniques might help save your hair and thousands of dollars.
3. Technology Gets Better
As with every other field, technology in the hair transplant industry is bound to get better in the years to come.
Just in the past 10 to 15 years, we’ve moved past hair plugs and far faker-looking techniques to more natural-looking restoration efforts.
Thanks to scientific research, we know so much more now about hair density, angulation, and what works and what doesn’t in terms of replacing lost follicles.
If you like a computer game but hear it’s buggy, you might wait until patches are released for it before you make your purchase.
You only have so much money, and you’d rather not waste it on an experience that isn’t up to expectations.
Likewise, if a hair transplant sounds appealing, do some research, see what’s being worked on, and wait for even more tech-and-hair-savvy upgrades and new techniques to “take root.”
4. Career reasons
Another reason you may be considering hair transplants is modelling or acting career.
That said if you think you can trick modelling agencies with a transplant, think again.
They’re experts in manipulating appearances themselves and can tell what’s fake and what isn’t.
That said if you’re in a modelling career right now and your agency recommends you go to an accredited hair surgeon (and will compensate you for it) that could help improve your hairline and secure your job.
Modelling is a cutthroat industry, and you have to be willing to do almost anything to get ahead, but you should never do anything that doesn’t make you uncomfortable or could leave you in future debt – and that includes an uncompensated hair transplant in your 20s.
The biggest argument for a hair transplant in your 20s is if your doctor or modeling/acting agency tells you it’s absolutely necessary.
Getting one that young can cost a lot of money, and may require follow-up procedures as your hair loss advances
By contrast, if you wait until you’re older, the chance of a second operation is far less.
What’s more, you’ll likely have more money, be able to afford better clinics and treatments, and the techniques themselves may be better.
Then there’s the psychological impact. Losing your hair young can damage your psyche, but so can a botched hair transplant that leaves you feeling even worse.
Take the time to consider your options carefully, talk to accredited professionals and those you love and trust, and make an informed decision that’s best for you.
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Pharmacist with special interest in hair loss and hair transplantation.
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