By   July 13, 2016

Prince William Balding at Young AgeFor a lot of men who are losing hair earlier in life than they think they should, getting a hair transplant is often one of the first ideas that come to mind. Before you run right out and get one, though, here are some considerations as to why you should wait.

1. It’s unlikely that you will get the hair you think you will. Even if you spend a ton of cash, you’re not going to get more than a quarter of your hair’s original density. So you’ll be able to comb it all over the top, which is great if you’re a fan of Donald Trump’s hair, or the hair that your uncles had back in the 1970s, but other than that, you might want to think about something else.

2. Even the hair that you get will age and get thinner. Let’s say you get a transplant when you’re 35. When you’re 45, or 50, it will look like someone planted arugula on your head. They don’t age well.

3. The area around the transplant will get thinner as time goes by. That’s right — you think that the rest of your hair is not going to thin, just because you got a transplant? Wrong. They will thin out because that’s part of the aging process. That means that the dots that you got in the procedure will stand out.

Box of Minoxidil4. The medicines don’t work that well either. Propecia and Minoxidil spent a fortune on advertising when they first came out — and rightly so, at least according to their profit model, because the money came pouring in. However, these medicines stop working — Propecia “thins out” after about five years. The other medications on the market don’t have the FDA backing of Minoxidil or Propecia, which means that not only do they not work, but they haven’t been tested as safely.

So what should you do? Follow the lead of such men’s men like Bruce Willis and Patrick Stewart and take a razor to the whole thing. Your mirror will thank you.

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