My main concern is being able to start using Propecia as soon as possible in order to slow down any further miniaturization and slow the progression of any further receding. The other concern I have is regarding the miniaturization study. I live in Minnesota and since your only offices are in California, the distance factor will create cost issues for me.
What options would I have with such a long distance and cost factors?
You can use a video microscope and look at your own hair. These run about $200-400 or so and are often sold online (price varies per vendor and tool used). I like the ProScope (the USB version for computers is more costly than the version that connects directly to the TV) and have them in my offices along with specialized software we developed for keeping records of the patient’s mapped scalp. You need to estimate the number of small hair shafts as compared with the larger, normal size hair shafts. It is often difficult to tell the difference between vellus hair and miniaturized hair, so I use an estimate of 20% as the normal level of miniaturized/vellus hairs. Any number in excess of this in different parts of the scalp is thinning/balding.
Alternatively, of course, try to find a doctor who will manage your entire hair loss process by developing a Master Plan, which should be the bible for your hair loss management.