Hi, I have some questions about Propecia. First, after about nine months and a very disappointing 1 month bout with Hair Club (which I think did more harm than good), my hair loss seems to have stabilized. Currently, I’m somwewhere between a Norwood 2 and 3 and there is actually a little bit of regrowth around the temples of all places.
Here are my main questions:
- I seem to have inherited my baldness gene from my maternal grandfather, who went totally bald. I’m 26, so, if Propecia has currently stopped the process and there are reports of patients keeping what they have up to 10 years, is it possible that my ultimate hair loss destiny may be signifcantly postponed?
- I read on one message here that “even though you inherit the baldness gene it can be expressed differently.” Does this mean it is possible for you to get a slightly diffeent pattern than the person you inherited it from. My hair loss seems more like that of my maternal grandfather but not exactly.
I know without a personal meeting you can’t answer 100%, but I just wondered if these things are a possibility.
You’re right — a personal one-on-one examination of your scalp is best, but I’ll try to answer your questions as best as I can:
- I do not believe genetic hair loss (androgenic alopecia) can be completely stopped with drugs. Propecia (finasteride 1mg) is a great medication, but it may not stop the process completely… and it almost certainly will slow it down. Results are variable for each patient as everybody has a different “destiny”.
- Just because your maternal grandfather was completely bald does not mean you will be completely bald, even if you inherit his genes, because the expression differs. Also, there is more than one gene for balding and if you inherit one, it does not mean that the rest follow. Again, everybody is different.