Hello, I’m a 22 year old white male who has over the past year or so has started to have thin hair on the front of my head, and lots of hair loss on the crown. Im a United States Soldier and just returned from Iraq in June of 2009. I noticed the hair loss mid tour in iraq. Im wondering what i need to do to get my hair back, i have military benefits. What type of doctor do i need to see? Please let me know, im too you to be bald. Thanks so much for reading.
You should see a hair transplant surgeon who does not rush you into surgery. These are often the best doctors for getting to the bottom of your hair loss, as they deal with it daily. You can check the physician search at ISHRS.org to find a doctor in your area (or if you’re in the LA area, you can see me). Whomever you choose, he/she should be able to ascertain your degree of miniaturization and the connection to genetic balding with the ability to predict where your hair loss is going.
Assuming you have genetic balding increased by the stress of your tour of duty, Propecia (finasteride) should absolutely be in your future. Depending upon where you are in the balding process, a Master Plan that takes into account your family history, the degree of miniaturization that you show now, and your response to the drug (finasteride), will give you some insights into your hair loss future. I don’t believe that your medical benefits from the military will cover the costs of hair transplantation, assuming that is where you will end up in the future as you age.