Assuming you are a hair transplant candidate there is no reason to feel a necessity to undergo the procedure as soon as possible, nothing is lost by waiting until a time you can maximise your potential to reach the best result possible. Surgical hair restoration is not a cure for hair loss, but a programme that once your appearance has been significantly changed can restore hair to the areas of hair loss; but native hair loss will continue.
Hair retention treatments can sustain the growth of your genetically week hair for the majority of users; they have to be applied consistently and long term as once ceased the benefits will also cease. Three aspects that make a good hair transplant candidate are:
Sufficient hair loss to be able to plan for the future with proper donor management
Realistic goals and expectations as a hair transplant is not a miracle cure
Strong donor hair quality and characteristics to sustain restoration, now and especially in the future
If hair loss is aggressive, especially at a younger age it would be advised to wait until the pattern of hair loss can be assessed more effectively; especially if hair loss meds are not too effective. The donor area is a finite resource and it is important that an educated harvesting protocol is planned from the very first procedure; by that utilising the FUT or FUE techniques to ensure sustained restoration.
Prior to the first procedure the donor area is pristine, “virgin scalp” and has the best characteristics to harvest from, it will never be better. After every future procedure the scalp characteristics will change. Be it skin laxity, hair density, scarring, hair miniaturisation there will be changes to the donor area, limiting the number of follicular units that can removed over time.
Treating a higher Norwood Scale candidate is much easier to assess the patterning of hair loss, the donor safe zone, and also easier to plan the first procedure to cover the maximum surface area possible. An individual with minor hair loss and only average hair characteristics should think twice before considering a hair transplant. It can lead to chasing hair loss, needing small filler sessions to compensate for minor loss. Having to enter the recipient and donor areas over multiple small procedures will cause added trauma to the skin tissue and healing and reduce the total number of follicular units (FU´s) available long term.
Minor hair loss makes it all the harder to judge how progressive hair loss may be; age can be a big factor in this issue. Family history can be a guide but cannot guarantee you follow the same pattern as other members. Research and professional advice are crucial, take the opinion of as many professionals as possible; as hair loss can be emotive do not just agree with the doctor who agrees with you; take into consideration the limitations.