When Should I Get A Hair Transplant?

Men can start losing their hair and see their hairline recede even  before they graduate high school. However, the rate at which hair loss occurs, how much hair loss a man experiences, and the exact pattern of hair loss all comes down to genetics. Many men will start non-surgical hair restoration options such as minoxidil and laser therapies quite early. But, how can you tell when its time to move from these non-surgical solutions to a surgical hair transplant?

In general, age does not affect when a patient can have the surgery. However, most men tend to be over 25 by the time they are ready for hair transplant Raleigh, NC. There are some cases where patients under 25 may qualify for a hair transplant surgery. The procedure is not performed on people under 18 except for in extreme reconstructive cases.

The time that most men consider having surgery is when the hairline reaches a point in which non-surgical treatments simply are unable to treat. This point may be different for each patient, but generally, when the hairline has receded more than a few centimeters beyond the original hairline, it may be time to consider a hair transplant surgery.

Patients should not wait until they are completely bald or the hairline has receded several inches back. While hair transplant can certainly help improve the appearance in these cases, it is unlikely to fully restore the hairline. Therefore, it is imperative that patients begin consulting with hair transplant surgeons, even if they are not quite ready for surgery.

Hair transplant Raleigh, NC surgeons such as Dr. Jindal at the Jindal Institute for Youthful Aging can evaluate patients individually to find the right hair loss treatment for them. This could include using multiple therapies. Many patients who undergo a hair transplant surgery continue to use Minoxidil or other non-surgical hair restoration methods.

To qualify as a candidate for hair transplantation, patients must have viable donor hair on the back and sides of their head. Male pattern baldness generally leaves a ring of hair along the back and sides. This hair—for reasons that are not fully known—are more resistant to the hormones that cause male pattern baldness. Therefore, if your hair takes on a pattern like this and you have not advanced to total baldness on the top of the head, you may be able to benefit from a hair transplant surgery.


Dr. Sumeet Jindal is among the top hair transplant surgeons in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. He specializes in regenerative medicine and opts for non-surgical treatments whenever possible. However, when it is in the patient’s best interest, he will recommend surgery such as hair transplant Raleigh, NC. Dr. Jindal customizes treatment and surgical technique to each patient. For example, he offers multiple types of hair transplant surgery including follicular unit transplantation (FUT), follicular unit extraction (FUE), and robotic hair transplant surgery.

To learn more and schedule a consultation at the Jindal Institute for Youthful Aging, call us at (919) 929-6006. Patients can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator. They can also schedule their own virtual consultations via our portal.

Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Jindal is a board certified surgeon who offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services in Raleigh, North Carolina.