I was researching before and after pics for finasteride results when I stumbled on this link from Dr. Bernsteins website.
According to his site these are all patients who took finasteride or minoxidil or both ONLY. No surgical procedures on these patients. And I must say the results are pretty thumping good! I am 22 and recently was prescribed about a month ago for early hairloss. At this point i seem to be heading towards a Norwood 3 with a persistent forelock (as of now) no major recession or erosion of the hairline just many shorter hairs in the front that “appear” The same thickness but just aren’t getting as long as my “long hair”. My coarse dark hair however does look incredibly thin when wet but when dry it’s extremely thick appearing. I get compliments on how much hair I have. So there is no noticeable balding or thinning happening to the outside world yet.
My question is why do you say in many posts that finasteride and minoxidil do not work in the frontal scalp and hairline?
According to these patients almost EVERY person of all age ranges seem to have gotten a good bit of positive results from the medications alone including crown AND frontal regrowth. I only ask because I am hopeful that finasteride will produce similar results for me and if nothing else maintain what I have. I currently have no thinning in crown, that’s actually my thickest area of my hair.
I am 22 and given where I currently stand would you say that finasteride has a good chance of working for me? About what percentage of men see NO RESULTS from finasteride and continue to thin At the same pace? I am worried that I will be one of the patients that see no response from it :(
Thanks for your time and your informative site!
The photos you saw on Dr. Bernstein’s site are amazing, and I have seen results like this for myself on occasion at my office. But regrowth at the front is rare (probably under 5%) compared to the results that are more common in the top/crown.
The photos show what is possible, but you have to remember that everyone will react differently to medication. Dr. Bernstein was not implying guaranteed results, but just showing some examples of positive growth. Medication might regrow your hairline, but you shouldn’t expect it to.
I have no way to know if finasteride will work for you, but you can have a HairDX finasteride response test done if you’re curious. If anything, I would expect to arrest your hair loss to give you more time with hair. If it regrows, that’s the icing on the cake.