At What Age Does Early Hair Loss Start?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Most of us imagine baldness or hair loss as something that only affects our parents and grandparents. In reality, however, hair loss often begins much earlier in life. In fact, some men and women start to lose hair in their late teens. Regardless of your age, thinning hair can be frustrating, discouraging, and even embarrassing. To help restore your natural hair – and your confidence – board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the acclaimed team at SSK Plastic Surgery are proud to offer cutting-edge NeoGraft® FUE hair restoration in Newport Beach, CA. Discover the benefits of FUE hair restoration below, and find out if this exciting technique may be appropriate for hair loss at an early age.

I am young, and my hair is already falling out!

Losing hair is a relatively normal and expected side effect of aging, but it can, understandably, be frightening and confusing to notice thinning hair at an early age. While this may seem abnormal, rest assured that millions of men and women experience hair loss, thinning hair, and even baldness in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Some of the most common causes of early hair loss include:

  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Hormone changes
  • Menopause/andropause
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Eating disorder
  • Underlying medical condition
  • Certain medications

For patients who still have dense hair growth in some areas of their scalps, NeoGraft hair transplant may be an ideal solution for restoring naturally fuller hair.

What is NeoGraft hair restoration?

The NeoGraft system is used to perform follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair restoration, which involves transplanting individual hair follicles from one area of the patient’s scalp to the area of thinning hair or hair loss. With FUE hair transplant, patients can achieve full, natural-looking, and long-lasting results.

How does FUE hair transplant work?

FUE hair restoration with NeoGraft is performed using a local anesthetic, meaning the patient is awake but comfortable, and may take between 3 – 8 hours or longer to complete. Dr. Kelishadi begins by carefully examining the patient’s hair growth pattern and identifying viable, uniform hair follicles from an area of dense growth. The NeoGraft handpiece is then used to extract individual follicles from the scalp, obviating the need for lengthy incisions, sutures, and scarring. Dr. Kelishadi then meticulously prepares the hair follicles in groups of one, two, three, or four. Finally, using extreme precision and strategy, Dr. Kelishadi inserts the prepared units into the areas of thinning hair or hair loss, taking care to match the lines, pattern, direction, and other aspects of the patient’s natural hair growth.

About 3 – 4 weeks after FUE hair restoration, patients will notice their newly transplanted follicles beginning to shed, which is a normal and necessary part of the hair transplant process. Over the next 6 – 18 months, the final results of NeoGraft hair restoration will become apparent, with patients enjoying natural, strong, and beautiful new hair growth.

Can I get FUE hair transplant at a young age?

Absolutely. Hair loss affects patients of all ages, and many younger men and women are considered good candidates for NeoGraft hair restoration. One of the primary factors to consider when determining if you qualify for FUE hair transplant is the cause of your hair loss. During your initial consultation for hair restoration in Orange County, Dr. Kelishadi will examine your scalp and hair, review your health, medical, and family history, perform any necessary lab work, and identify the likeliest cause of your thinning hair. Based on these results, Dr. Kelishadi will determine if you may be an appropriate candidate for FUE hair transplant.

Enjoy a full head of hair at any age with minimally invasive hair restoration in Newport Beach, CA

Losing your hair earlier than expected doesn’t mean you have to settle for thin hair forever. With NeoGraft minimally invasive hair transplant surgery, you can conveniently restore your natural hair growth with reliable, long-lasting results. To learn more about the life-changing transformations that are possible with FUE hair restoration in Orange County, CA, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon and hair restoration expert Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.