When Young Men Lose Hair Before Age 21
Hair loss is commonly thought of as something that occurs only in older men. However, it happens in younger men too. Since hair loss is generally unexpected before age 21 it can be a shock for a young man between the ages of 15-20 to discover he is losing hair. The first sign of losing hair is likely thinning in the temporal area of the frontal hairline, above the eyebrows on either side of the “window’s peak”. This can result in the appearance of a high forehead. The young man may also begin to notice excess shedding when he combs, brushes, showers, or shampoos his hair. This usually occurs if the young man’s father, mother, uncles, or older brothers have pattern hair loss. Its common that the family “baldness trait” has been passed along to him. Hair loss before the age of 21 can very disturbing for any young man, even if he expects it. Loss of hair at this psychologically and emotionally vulnerable time in his life can leave him feeling less attractive socially, disfigured, and hindered in the job market. A good first step in fixing a young man’s hair loss is having a consultation with a physician hair restoration specialist who is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). No recommendations for treatments will be made until the physician hair restoration specialist has determined the cause of the hair loss. Hasty treatment before diagnosis is established may be ineffective and could be counter-productive. The first goal is to educate the young patient with regard to the cause, progression, and long-term ramifications of hair loss as well as any treatment for hair loss.
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
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