Hi doc! I’ve been on propecia for about 4 and a half years now and i’ve also been using minoxidil 5% for about 3 years but I’m still balding! I’m only 24 and I’ve been balding since the age of maybe 16-17. I always see you answering to young people that they should try Propecia or Rogaine, but that stuff doesn’t work for me. What should I do?
I would love to have a hair transplant so that I can at least enjoy a “normal” haircut for the next 5 years, instead of waiting for my hair loss to stabilize (going completely bald) and THEN have a transplant and still look pretty bald.
While Propecia and topical minoxidil are great medications for male pattern baldness, they have their limitations. Your genetic predisposition will always win. Nevertheless, while you are still losing hair, I am sure the rate of your hair loss is slower than if you are not taking the medication at all. In short, these medications are likely working for you, but your genetic fate is winning the battle.
If you were to stop taking these medications, I am fairly certain you will accelerate your hair loss.
It seems your next step might be a hair transplant surgery. Of course, I couldn’t say for sure as I haven’t examined you, but options are limited if your loss isn’t stopping with medications. If you would like a private consultation with me either directly or by phone, please call our office at (800) NEW-HAIR (800-639-4247) and my staff will be happy to arrange it.