I was only about 22 when I first noticed the front thinning. Didn't feel good at all....
If I could go back and do one thing different it would be to get on propecia straight away. Hair Transplants are not cheap, and you really don't want to be selecting a surgeon based on $$$, so the longer you can put it off and stabilise your finances, the better. It'll also give you more time to research, and the industry will only advance over time, so you might even end up with a better result.
Bit of a rant - but I know how impulsive you young guys can be (I'm 27 and finally growing up I think).
LOL is it just me, or does anyone else think that lost_youth's avatar looks EXACTLY like Will Farell?
when I was 19 I had what, at the time, I called a "widows peak": slight recession on the corners, not yet in a 'v' shape. My hair loss has been, errr WAS, very slow. Im 29, will be thirty next month, but I've noticed over the past year my hair loss has increased rapidly. It was very slow throughout previous years though. When you say "...lost SOME hair on the forehead"...what exactly do you mean? Elaborate/and or pics?
PS don't freak out, there have been plenty of guys who begin noticing hair loss at a young age, and many who have gotten ht's at the age of 22. Some loss at this age (although it really sucks) doesn't neccesarily mean your going to be a NW7 or anything...more info would be nice though.
I know what you mean about some professional athletes not being in the best of shape. Some of our major league baseball pitchers looke like they routinely enjoy Z:BZ:BZ:BZ:BZ:B before and after games. What a life!!
Seem to remember first noticing mine going thin when I was about 22....
When I look back at photos I do not really think it noticed until I was nearly 30.... thats when I made the mistake of being butchered by a clinic in London...
My next mistake was taking Propecia about 6 years ago, but only for a couple of weeks... I told my girlfriend at the time who told me I was mad and did not have anything to worry about !!! at that time my hair was still thick enough to hide the old plugs.... so I stopped taking it and 5 years later was flying to the USA to get fixed !!
So, with hindsight my advice is
If you want to do something about your hairloss... get on the meds ASAP... and if you do go for an HT.. please, please, please.... go with a recommended surgeon with plenty of patients who are happy