Hi Dr Rassman!
I’m 27 this year and my hair has been thinning since I was around 20 years old.
Just a couple of questions for you:
- Could you tell me whether minoxidil has any success in slowing down the rate of hairloss and if so – what is the best way to apply it? Can you buy a cap that distributes it evenly on your head? I realise Propecia is more effective at achieving this aim – although I’m not keen on the sexual side effects (I’m quite a suggestive person!)
- Do you know of anywhere in the UK that offers hair mapping for miniaturisation? I have tried a handful of dermatologists to no avail.
Thanks once again for this blog – it is so refreshing to find such an informative and unbiased database of facts all in once place!
- Minoxidil is not the best approach to genetic balding and you have too much to lose if you go that route. Propecia does have possible sexual side effects, but the percentage is very small (less than 1%). You may want to try it first and see. You may want to check a hair salon or beauty supply store for a cap to cover your head when applying the Rogaine if you’re concerned about that.
- A good hair transplant physician should be able to map your scalp for miniaturization. You can try checking the ISHRS site’s physician search to find a doctor in your area.