Dear Dr Rassman
Your blog is a true beacon in the foggy world that is hair loss treatments and remedies. I am a 24 year old man that is currently being treated by a fantastic dermatologist and together we have been able to hold onto my slightly receded hairline using only FDA approved generic drugs (fin and min).
However I would like to tell a story of two important people in my life, both doctors, My father a surgeon and his best friend (my godfather) a general practitioner. In the final year of studying medicine my father worked incredibly hard and was able to secure numerous surgery placements at some top hospitals, his best friend unfortunately feel ill in final year, performed badly and missed many opportunities for work experience and specialist placements. At the same time whilst sick, his wife fell pregnant and by the end of his medical study he was without work, with a child on the way and incredibly concerned about his future well being.
With a great amount of thought and a huge amount of courage he secured a loan and started up his own general practice at the tender age of 25. At the start business was slow as many patients where not comfortable being treated by such a young inexperienced doctor. This situation created a huge amount of stress for my godfather and the high levels of stress paired with poor hair genes lead to rapid hair loss, his hairline and mid-scalp was literally washed down the sink.
However as his hair fell his demeanor and appearance was altered creating the illusion of a much more experienced doctor and it became far easier to market himself and his clinic. Business soon picked up and his financial problems where alleviated. In contrast, my father who has a full had of hair (I get my hair from my mum) struggled for years starting his surgical practice because his full hairline created the illusion of inexperience, which turned off many patients initially.
My point is that hairloss has its positive externalities and as I go into the world of business I am glad that I have a receding hairline as it gives the impression that I actually know what im talking about, even if I don’t. Although I certainly do not want to be bald!
Thanks again Dr Rassman
Thanks for sharing the story with us. I agree with you on one level, but there is a counter argument to your story. It just depends on how you spin it…
In our society, while we associate bald men with wisdom and age, we tend to favor and look up to men with hair in our choices of leaders. Look at politics and leading men in Hollywood cinema as examples. Of the US Presidents of the past half century, only Eisenhower was bald. It’s rare to see a major movie star with heavy male pattern baldness. There’s always exceptions, but if you consider that balding men reflect 50% of the male population, that should tell you something. And without even looking it up, I’m sure a majority of male CEOs for Fortune 500 companies have decent hairlines, as well. I’m not suggesting it’s right or wrong, but it’s society.