Hello Doctor. I’m a 16 year old boy with a family history of MPB. My father (who is almost completely bald now) told me how he started balding in High School and was almost completely bald when he got out of college. I recently noticed my hair line receding. My hair is somewhat long so it’s easy to cover up, but I was wondering if any treatments can help stop, or delay my fate. I’ve been to my doctor to ask about Propecia, but she recommended against it, saying I’m too young, and opted for Rogaine or it’s generic counter-parts instead. Is there anything I can do?
In young men your age, it is unclear if an aggressive hair loss pattern will respond to Propecia as well as if the hair loss started later in your life. The data is not in. With that said, I do not believe that you are too young for Propecia. I feel strongly that Propecia is the only drug that can help you slow or stop the hair loss. If your doctor does not have a better solution, get another opinion. Minoxidil just will not stop the hair loss that you will have, assuming of course that you follow your father’s pattern (a likely scenario based on what you’ve told me here).