November 01, 2011 11:23 ET

Hair Restoration Procedures Appear to Be Gaining Popularity Among Younger Men Finds

Highly Respected Physician in Field of Hair Transplants Notices the Trend in His Utah Office

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - More and more younger men seem to be inquiring about solutions for hair loss -- an indication that they're more aggressive about addressing the issue now, rather than wait, according to a highly respected doctor in the field of hair transplants.

The popular online physician referral service recently interviewed Dr. Michael Zufelt, who practices at the Hair Restoration Center of Utah. The hair restoration specialist says an increasing number of his patients are younger men.

"I'm not sure there is a trend of younger people losing hair, but certainly younger males are seeking preventative and proactive approaches to hair loss than we have seen in years past," Zufelt tells

According to the American Hair Loss Association, the number of younger hair loss patients is rising. By the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, studies indicate. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, of those undergoing the procedure in recent years, over half of male patients were between the ages of 30 to 49.

"Our typical patient is still a middle-aged male in his late 30's to 50's who still acts and feels young but whose hair loss gives him an aging appearance. He would like to maintain his youthful look," Zufelt says.

When dealing with hair loss, all men may want to take a multi-level approach for treatment, says Zufelt, a diplomate for the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS).

"The best procedure for these patients is a combination of surgical hair restoration to replace the hair that has been lost, medical treatment to maintain the remaining hair, and possibly the addition of lasers and shampoos and conditioners to maintain healthy vibrant looking hair," he says.

Zufelt also advises clients to make sure they thoroughly review a physician's credentials as well as observe the results of previous patients before making a final decision on hair transplant procedures. "It is important to review before and after photos as not all doctors have the training and ability to create a completely natural hair line that the patient desires," he says. "Often the doctor will under quote the amount of hair grafts needed to cover a patient's head."

It is also important to have a physician who has been doing transplants for a long enough time to accumulate before and after photos, according to Zufelt. It takes an average of at least a year for the results to grow in. It can take several years for a doctor to create a portfolio of patient photos."

After identifying a professional with the expertise to handle the procedure, it's important for a client to schedule a face-to-face consult as each patient will have individual needs and desires, Zufelt adds.

He also stresses the need for patients to get as much information as possible about the various options so that they can make an informed decision about what's best for them.

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