Losing Hair In Your Early 30’s? What factors contributes to this?

Author: Tyler Angelos, MD, FACS 

There are multiple factors that contribute to hair loss in your 30’s. These include hormones, thyroid levels, nutrition, smoking, stress, and of course, genetics. Most people who are experiencing hair loss in their 30’s have a genetic component that is leading to the loss. In men, this genetic predisposition often occurs via hormones, specifically testosterone. Males, especially in their 20’s -30’s have high testosterone levels. The body converts testosterone to a by-product called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the hormone responsible for hair loss.

For males experiencing hair loss in their 30’s, there is a medication called Propecia (finasteride is the generic name) which blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT. With less DHT around, there is less hair loss.  A lot of my male patients have stopped the progression of their hair loss after starting this medication and even re-grown some of their hair. This can be used in combination with Rogaine (minoxidil is the generic name). Rogaine is a foam or gel that is applied to the scalp and helps increase the blood flow where it is applied. This, in turn, brings more blood and nutrients to the hair follicles.

Can women have hair loss in their 30’s?

While possible, it is less common for women to experience hair loss in their 30’s.  There is often a strong genetic component in these women and if not, a thorough medical workup is needed to rule out a medical cause for the hair loss.  Female pattern hair loss differs from male pattern hair loss as the frontal hairline is usually spared in females. They start to thin behind their frontal hairline and along their part as opposed to males who generally start with a receding frontal hairline and/or hair loss on the crown of the head.

What non-surgical solutions are available?

After the use of medications, there are a few other factors commonly used for hair restoration. The first one is a combination of red/infrared light therapy and platelet rich plasma injections (PRP). PRP injections are injections of stem cells and growth factors from your own blood.  The PRP part of the blood is separated from the red blood cells after a routine blood draw via a centrifuge. The PRP is then injected in a grid-like pattern around the hair follicles to nourish them with the growth factors and stem cells necessary to promote growth and keep the follicles in their active growing phase.

Can I receive a hair transplant in my 30’s?

The last option for hair restoration is an actual hair transplant where hair is removed from the back of the head and transplanted to the front or top of the head. The NeoGraft system for hair restoration is the most advanced system for this as it allows the transplant to be done with minimal downtime and no linear scarring. This is commonly done on people in their 30’s who have experienced a rapid progression of hair loss or for those who are bothered by their receding hairline.

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— About Tyler Angelos, MD, FACS

Dr. Tyler Angelos is a board-certified member of The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He graduated #1 in his class from Wright State University School of Medicine. After scoring in the 99th percentile on his national board exams he was selected from among the top medical students in the country to a highly competitive integrated six-year plastic surgery residency program, which he completed at The Ohio State University. There he received extensive training in all forms of general surgery, reconstructive surgery, and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Angelos utilizes the most current, cutting-edge, scientifically proven surgical techniques to deliver the best results to his patients accompanied by the highest level of attention to detail and service. He provides the full scope of plastic surgery on the face, breast, and body with a particular interest in body shaping procedures for the athletic body type and for those who have experienced weight loss. He believes that plastic surgery should be a rewarding experience that can help enhance your confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Angelos resides in Upper Arlington with his wife Deborah and their four children. For more information on Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery & hair restoration go to: http://www.hairrestorationatcaps.com/hair-restoration-consult/