I have alopecia, can I do something at my age?

We see patients with some type of alopecia every day, from 16 to 80 years old. For all of them we have one or more treatments that are adapted to the phase and characteristics of your case. For many the last solution will be the capillary micrograft, but in other cases the prevention or preservation of the hair will be the most appropriate treatment. Read on if you want to know what is the ideal treatment with your age.

What is the most appropriate age to solve alopecia is a recurring question among patients who want to undergo a hair transplant. While it does matter, it is just one of the requirements for this treatment:

  •     Be of age
  •     Not presenting health problems incompatible with the transplant process
  •     Do not suffer from contraindications to the medication, during and after the intervention
  •     Pass a blood test prior to the intervention
  •     Have an area of ​​the scalp (donor) with dense and good quality follicles to repopulate the area affected by alopecia.

Under 30: come and see

Actually, there is no certain age to undergo a capillary micrograft, but it is advisable to have exceeded 26-30 years to obtain a result of quality, durability and good aesthetic appearance. This is when the hair loss pattern is fully established. Although baldness begins to manifest itself at an early age, hair loss evolves until it stabilizes naturally when we reach our thirties, when professionals can assess the true affectation of alopecia. Performing a transplant ahead of time can compromise the resulting appearance in the long term.

We must bear in mind that the donor area is limited, and that it will not always be large enough to allow us a second intervention. If we transplanted before knowing the extent of our alopecia, we could have taken as donors areas that in 5 or 10 years will also be bald, and that the result is irregular hair growth. For example, when considering the hairline area too low, over time there may be lightening due to unforeseen hair loss in the area between the forehead line and the rest of the mane.

But if you are lucky enough to be in the spring of life, until you are the best candidate for a hair graft, the ideal is that you eat a balanced diet and avoid smoking. To these cares of your hair health we can add other methods, topical or oral, to control and minimize the loss and promote the hair regeneration of the follicles when it is still possible.

IIn these cases we use drugs such as minoxidil (antihypertensive vasodilator), finasteride (peripheral inhibitor that prevents the transformation of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, involved in benign prostate hyperplasia and responsible for thinning and hair loss) or dutasteride (also inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase). In addition, there are other therapeutic methods such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), the application of LED lights, the use of vitamins and / or minerals, among others.

Maturity, divine treasure

Although 50 is the new 40, the ideal is not to delay hair transplantation too long after reaching the age of 50. Over the years, natural hair loss increases and, if combined with androgenic alopecia, the result is a decrease in the quality and quantity of donor follicles. Therefore, the material to be transplanted is much more limited and limiting, and the intervention and investment are much greater. And, although transplantation in cases of total baldness is possible, the low availability of follicular units in the donor area reduces the effectiveness of the surgical procedure. Whatever your age, prevention and a specialized early diagnosis at the first signs of a fall are essential.

So far we have talked about how age is one of the factors that influence the treatment chosen for the approach to male androgenic alopecia. But we cannot forget that about 50% of women suffer from alopecia or temporary hair loss due to hormonal factors (pregnancy, childbirth, menopause), genetic or provoked (drastic diets, stress, poor sleep ...). Around 40% of these patients are between 40 and 60 years old and, between 20 and 35 years old, a small percentage of women have premature female alopecia originating from various causes.

In another post we address especially the characteristics of hair loss in these patients and their approach, since there are numerous specialized medical prescription treatments that greatly improve the health of their scalps.

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