When someone first realizes they are losing their hair, it can come as a shock. That first moment can be quite traumatic for some people.
Thoughts of getting a hair transplant may enter the person’s mind. It raises the question: When is the ideal time to get a hair transplant? Is it best to have this done early in the process of going bald, or later after the hair loss has slowed or stopped?
What Are the First Signs of Baldness?
It is basically a fact of life for most men that, at some point, their hair will thin and begin to recede. Approximately 30 percent of men will experience hair loss to some degree by the time they are age 30, and this figure increases to 50 percent of all men by age 50.
Male pattern baldness occurs when a powerful version of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) attaches itself to the hair follicles, causing the hairs to thin and shorten. As the original hairs fall out, they are slowly replaced with shorter hairs – creating that gradual male pattern baldness. If a person is genetically predisposed to resist DHT, they will keep their hair.
Should I Get a Hair Transplant as Soon as I Notice Thinning Hair?
Hair replacement surgery is nothing to rush into. Since the thinning and hair loss is gradual, it is better to first seek treatment to slow down the process.
Dr. Iorio can recommend a course to slow your hair loss and retain as much hair as possible. This way, replacement surgery may be put off for a few years or more.
Alternatives to Surgery
A hair restoration specialist can prescribe special hair care products like anti-thinning shampoos, conditioners, scalp therapy, and hair-loss treatment products.
New advances also include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and supplements. These supplements include biotin, a B-complex vitamin to strengthen the infrastructure of your hair; vitamins A and C; zinc; selenium; and folic acid. All of these elements are proven to help combat hair loss.
If these alternatives are no longer working to help prevent further hair loss, that is when it’s time to consider hair restoration surgery.
Hair Restoration in New Jersey
Hair loss doesn’t have to be tolerated and ignored. When the time comes, hair-loss treatment can help you keep the hair you have; later, the hair transplant process can be broached as necessary. We have years of experience helping to restore our patients’ hair and to maintain their youthful look.
At Iorio Hair Restoration, we use 10-R-10, our Artas robot that assists Dr. Iorio with his transplant surgeries. 10-R-10 can help to minimize the invasiveness of the process, and it does not leave any visible scar – so, once healed, patients have the freedom to cut their hair any way they wish and there won’t be a scar to worry about exposing.
If you are losing your hair and live in the New Jersey area, contact us today at (732) 780-9191 or request a consultation online to make an appointment with Dr. Iorio. We have two convenient locations in Brick or Colts Neck to serve you. Take the first step today in maintaining a fuller head of hair.