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At what age do young men begin losing hair?

  • Dr Shelly Friedman, DO
  • September 19, 2017

Patient’s Question:

I am a 21-year-old male and I am losing more and more hair daily.  I wouldn’t say it is male pattern baldness, my hair is thinning all over.  What can be causing this?  Aren’t I too young to be experiencing hair loss?

Dr. Friedman’s Answer:

Hair loss can begin any time after puberty in males; therefore, in most boys it can begin starting at 18 years of age, as soon as 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotesterone, becomes available.  When male pattern baldness starts to become visible, it is usually after puberty and usually can start either as frontal hairline recession or generalized thinning.

To answer your question as to whether you are too young to be experiencing hair loss, no.  Hair loss can begin starting at 18 years of age.

Thank you for your inquiry. Please call us at 480.500.7443 or send us an EMAIL if you have any further questions.

Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon

 

 

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